Fox News co-hosts had the time of their lives making mean-spirited jokes about Howard Dean for not loving America enough to share their opinion about the American Sniper film. And then actress-turned Fox contributor Stacey Dash opened her mouth.
Once again, the Fox hosts were so busy hating on American Sniper critics that nobody on the “fair and balanced” panel got around to pointing out that Fox’s sister publishing company is on the hook for millions of dollars for Kyle’s defamation of Jesse Ventura in the book the movie is based on.
This particular segment began with hate mongering about Dean. His crime this time was apologizing to veterans for having criticized the film but not to “all the thousands of right-wing nut jobs who’ve been twittering me with nasty language.”
Fox all but urged their fans to attack Dean even harder. Co-host Kennedy sneered, “What? ‘Twittering me?’ He’s so modern.” She later said Dean “should be very careful” because “there are a lot of right-wing nut jobs who are very, very angry and apparently go to see good movies in droves.”
Then Kennedy expanded the hate mongering to include all liberals. “What is it about the left – Seth Rogen, Michael Moore, Howard Dean…”
Co-host Andrew Tantaros weighed in with her special brand of patriotism. “It doesn’t surprise me. …Howard Dean is the most visible American nut job. In fact, he should get together with Michael Moore and they should make a movie called “American Nut Job” about him.” The panel tittered in appreciation.
Tantaros continued, “And maybe it can be teaching us to control our emotions. I mean, that is what’s so rich about this. A man – the most emotional presidential candidate that ever ran – lecturing us as the emotional arbiter for how we should be conducting our feelings. It’s crazy!” This, from the woman who urged her radio show listeners to “do me a favor” and punch Obama supporters “in the face.”
Former sitcom actress Dash added her thoughts – with all the emotion of a fifth-grader reading a cue card.
DASH: Here it is, the elitist, progressive point of view. And I feel like if it is becoming so dangerous as to hinder us from being the super power of the world, which is, I mean, what this movie is about – us winning – and I think that it should be extinguished or at least quieted and I think that this film has done that in a very beautiful way.
Nobody commented on that outrageous statement. Kennedy changed the subject to quote conservative actor Gary Sinise’s retort to Dean: “You certainly have a right to make supid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry but how is that helpful sir?...”
As if the hate mongering and divisiveness in this segment was helpful. In fact, as Kennedy finished Sinise’s quote, “What the hell are you talking about?” which she said with hammy outrage, the panel broke into derisive laughter again.
Harris Faulkner said sanctimoniously, “It’s frustrating to see a former presidential candidate say what he really thinks about millions of voters in America. And then you begin to ask the question, did we dodge a bullet when he didn’t win the Democratic nomination in his race to the White House?”
That’s funny, in her highly-praised defense of free speech that included a discussion of Mitt Romney, just this month, Faulkner never said a word about those 47% of Americans that he explicitly disparaged. You can watch Faulkner’s hypocrisy in the second video below.
“Punch” Tantaros, of course, didn’t notice or care. She said about Dean, “We didn’t just dodge a bullet, we dodged a howitzer.”
Watch the effort to stifle free speech – because freedom! – below, from today’s Outnumbered.
Yeah, so much for free speech. I guess it is reserved for those who see things via a right-wing filter. Btw, where was the “fair & balanced” in this segment? There was no progressive voice to be hear in the parts of the show that I listened to today. The folks were being spoon-fed conservative propaganda and Dash wasn’t challenged on the incredibly stupid remark she said. This show is such a joke.
-Frank Burns (paraphrased, with apologies)