Just in case you had any lingering doubts about whether Fox Nation lives up to its own mission statement of "tolerance, open debate, civil discourse, and fair and balanced coverage of the news," check out its ridiculous article, designed only to manufacture hate, called “Obama Admits He’s A Socialist.” Of course, Obama did nothing of the sort. Fox got that “information” from a New York Post editorial (the Post is owned by the same company as Fox News) that extrapolated it from a completely unrelated remark of Obama’s. But not only did Fox News highlight this post in today’s Fox Nation email digest, they highlighted it right underneath a boastful announcement that Roger Ailes is about to receive his award as a “visionary” of journalism.
Here’s a screen grab of today’s Fox Nation “daily update.” The headline right underneath the looming photo of Ailes is the one alleging that Obama “admits he’s a socialist.”
But if you click through to the actual "socialist" article, it’s all surmise and assumption – via a blog post from the Post’s film critic. So what did Obama say? The Post highlighted a New York Times report that Obama has privately “talked longingly of ‘going Bulworth,’ a reference to a little-remembered 1998 Warren Beatty movie about a senator who risked it all to say what he really thought. While Mr. Beatty’s character had neither the power nor the platform of a president, the metaphor highlights Mr. Obama’s desire to be liberated from what he sees as the hindrances on him.”
But Bulworth, you see, was, according to the NY Post/Fox Nation, a secret socialist. Ergo Obama must have been admitting that he’s an “unabashed, angry and admitted socialist,” too. Fox goes on to reiterate:
It’s as if Ronald Reagan had been caught saying he wanted to “Go Strangelove.”
In confessing his dreams of “going Bulworth,” Obama confirmed that what he thinks and what he says out loud are two different things. He let slip the mask of a center-left moderate — a “pragmatist” who only cares about “what works.” The press and even right-of-center columnists like Ross Douthat and David Brooks have always insisted that this completely unconvincing masquerade is genuine.
For extra hate-mongering points, Fox Nation put a photo of Obama, grinning like a socialist cat who had just duped a nation of free-enterprise loving American canaries into being swallowed, at the top of the post, instead of the photo of Warren Beatty that adorned the original column.
Predictably, Fox Nation's commenters jumped at the socialist bait dangled deliberately and disingenuously before them.
“The second dangerous man sits inside a luxury office barking orders to his minions. He always throws his weight around the hallways. "
Hmmmmmmmmmm, that explains the frequent 3.3 Richter scale aftershocks one sometimes feels when walking on Avenue of the Americas (6 Ave.) in New York City.
“How can anyone describe Jabba the Ailes as a visionary? The porker hasn’t seen his own feet in decades.”
Or his private part.
The most dangerous man sits at the top of this horrendous midManhattan skyscraper, enclosed in a massive office suite with glass doors and windows.
The second dangerous man sits inside a luxury office barking orders to his minions. He always throws his weight around the hallways.
The third dangerous man spends most of his time talking either on the phone, or attending meetings in the “war room.”
The fourth dangerous man sits in his Long Island mansion in his home office scheming to nail President Obama with scandals.
All these frauds have one thing in common-Fox “News” Channel.