In the Orwellian world of Fox News, concepts that have a generally accepted meaning are turned upside down. Black is white, good is bad, and objecting to intolerance is - wait for it - intolerant. Nowhere is this bizarro world zeitgeist more apparent than Fox News' attempt to define, as intolerant, those who oppose the president of Chick fil-A's connections to homophobic hate groups and his comment that gays are bringing down the wrath of God - a comment which is, basically, another iteration of the "God Hates Fags" meme popularized by the Westboro Baptist Church. Fox's Chick fil-A's crusader-in-chief, Mike Huckabee has been preaching the Fox doublespeak gospel of tolerance which, in denigrating those who oppose Chick-fil-A's "biblical values," serves to reinforce the Christian right belief that gays are scum. And is so doing, during his interview with Juan Williams on "The Factor," he praised the SPLC designated homophobic hate group, the Family Research Council, as a paragon of family values - values held by former minister Huckabee who doesn't exactly practice the tolerance that he's now preaching. But yeah, if you criticize those who hate the LGBT community, like the FRC, you're the bigot. Party like its 1984.Read more
On yesterday’s Your World, guest host Eric Bolling couldn’t just disagree with House Democrats who voted to let the Bush tax cuts expire, he used Fox News’ fave tactic of demonizing them. And for “balance,” he showcased one of the 19 House Democrats who voted with the Republicans.Read more
What a coincidence that just as Allen West has a new campaign ad touting his military service, Fox Nation has a post promoting it, too. As an added bonus, the "fair and balanced" website used the post to attack President Obama's standing as Commander-in-Chief. Somehow, Fox Nation forgot to point out that West's own military record is kind of disgraceful. (h/t Christopher S.)Read more
The really patriotic Susie Sampson interviewed some other patriotic Americans who participated in the God Hate Fags Chick-fil-A Appreciation day that was so actively promoted, on Fox News, by the Fag Hating, Jesus loving Mike Huckabee. Making a cameo appearance, at a Georgia Chick-fil-A, was another homo hating Jesus loving man of God and Hannity pal, the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, who last made some news when he said that women are whores who shouldn't have the right to vote. Outside Chick-fil-A, Peterson, ever the keen sociologist, claims that gay marriage "de-stabilizes" society (funny Massachusetts, where they've had gay marriage for years, is the most educated and least divorced state). And ever the keen geologist, Peterson says that if gay marriage is approved in California, it will fall into the ocean. Sheer profundity. Check it out!
H/T Crooks and Liars for this incisive look at patriotic, Christian, Chick Fil-A loving America!Read more
Ever on the lookout for new ways to divide the country, America Live yesterday discussed how “some folks have noticed” that Americans at the Olympics are not shouting, “USA!” the way they used to. Also, the current uniforms don’t have the “Stars and Stripes look as much as they had in past years.” And while “everybody was so excited” about that great moment when gymnast Gabby Douglas won the gold medal – well, she wore hot pink instead of red, white and blue.Read more
Megyn Kelly's one sided promotion of the US Catholic Bishops position against the Obama administration's birth control mandate, including the lie that it includes abortion drugs, has probably earned Kelly, a Catholic, some time off from Purgatory. But her recent distortion about the Obama DOJ could land her back in the celestial green room. On Tuesday, she did a segment about the recent court decision which provided injunctive relief against a Catholic employer who opposes the birth control mandate on religious grounds. The injunction is temporary until the court hears the case but it's considered quite the victory for those who oppose women's reproductive health care. But Kelly provided a full platform for the employer and his attorney with minimal rebuttal. And her opening statement reflected what is going around the right wing blogosphere - i.e. the twisting of the Department of Justice's statement, in a court filing related to the case. But hey, in smearing the Obama administration, who needs facts? Apparently, not Megyn Kelly who, btw, did continue the lie about the HHS mandate covering abortion drugs!Read more
Let’s hope that if Ann Coulter ever needs the help of a police officer of firefighter that neither he nor she was watching Coulter jeer about their overly high salaries on the Hannity show last night. Same thing if she ever needs her road repaired or has any problems with her municipal water or sewage. Because I have a sneaking suspicion that she’d never have the nerve to tell any such workers to their face that they’re living high on the hog, earning just “slightly” less than she does, thanks to her largesse.Read more
Fox's resident culture warrior Todd Starnes keeps it classy - not!Read more
If there is any doubt as to where Fox News stands vis-à-vis Chick fil-A, this picture, below the fold, says it all.Read more
Despite his avowed hatred of the ACLU, Bill O'Reilly, in defending Chick-fil-A, quite the First Amendment maven. But he's being a bit selective about his advocacy for free speech because, in 2010, he vehemently asserted that the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church did not have the right to protest at the funeral of a fallen soldier. Flash forward two years and he's defending the right of another homophobe, Chick fil-A president Dan Cathy, to declare that gay marriage is bringing down God's wrath. It's interesting that O'Reilly would deny the right of free speech to one group of homophobes whilst protecting the rights of another homophobe who, as does Westboro, believes that "God hates fags."