Remember how Fox used Hugo Chavez’ death to gratuitously suggest that he was similar to President Obama? Tonight, “no spin zone” Bill O’Reilly used Margaret Thatcher’s death to dubiously report that she didn’t approve of Obama. O’Reilly forgot to point out that Thatcher was suffering from dementia the past 12 years. It’s quite unlikely she approved or disapproved of President Obama at all.
In his Talking Points commentary, O’Reilly commemorated Thatcher’s death before going on to “ask:”
The question tonight is, did Lady Thatcher approve of President Obama? …The answer is no. It is quite clear that Thatcher, Reagan and other freemarketeers would disagree with Barack Obama on economic policy.
Really? That's the question tonight? Not how the effects of dementia led Thatcher down a long decline? Not what she might have thought of the threat from North Korea or Iran? Or what she thought of same-sex marriage? But what she thought of Obama?
While I’d agree Thatcher probably would have disagreed with Obama on economic policy had she been up to the task, she almost certainly was not. For example, in late August, 2008, when Obama was still a candidate for president, AP wrote about Thatcher’s daughter, Carol Thatcher:
Carol said losing her father, Denis Thatcher, in 2003, was particularly hard on her mother, who kept forgetting he was dead.
“I had to keep telling her the bad news over and over again,” she said.
Carol Thatcher says the disease has finally begun to eat away at her mother’s memories of her time at top of British politics, too…
Does this sound like a person who was going to be analyzing American economic policy five months hence? Don’t tell me O’Reilly thought so.
And even if she were up to the task of disapproving of Obama's policies, does anyone seriously think she'd be trumpeting it? When was the last time a European leader stuck their nose into American economic policy?
So why would O'Reilly ask such a question? It has no relevance to the life of either leader and there's no dispute they wouldn't have seen eye-to-eye on the subject. The "question" made about as much sense as asking whether she liked watching YouTube videos of the Harlem Shake. Or danced Gangnam Style.
Clearly, the only reason O'Reilly asked this particular "question" was to make a deliberate effort to exploit Thatcher's death for political purposes.
“Maggie and Ronnie were similar in that both were vastly over-rated.”
And they were also similar in this sense truman: both of them ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY CLOBBERED working class folks in their respective countries with NUMEROUS TAX HIKES in order to pay for their MASSIVE tax cuts they bestowed on their wealthy citizens. FACT: during Regan’s eight years in the White House, TAXES WERE HIKED ELEVEN TIMES!
The Living Dead – The Attic, by Adam Curtis
Wait, Bill O’Reilly- He probably thinks her policies were just freakin’ awesome.
Or would this be the Thatcher that supported the implementation of “socilaized” medicine that is currently in use in Great Britain?
Or would this be the same Thatcher that believed in climate change and seemingly understood how same poses a threat to the human race and suggested all industrialized countries do something about it?
All of the above were expressed publicy in speeches when she was the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Some conservative as same is defined today, ugh?
Any bets Fox will not be replaying any videos where here views have been documented?
More importantly, if a European leader had publicly disapproved of Dubya (as more than a few actually did) or any other GOP President, there’s no way that FoxNoise would even bother reporting it—except to harangue and criticize the leader who DARED say something bad about Amerikkka’s fearless leader (and probably demand a complete and total elimination of any and all foreign aid to that leader’s country).
The answer tonight is — who gives a damn? I thought the Foxites didn’t care what the rest of the world thinks . . .
Clearly, the only reason O’Reilly asked this particular “question” is because he made a deliberate effort to exploit her death for political purposes.
And possibly because he couldn’t find some way to blame her passing directly on President Obama . . .