If Fox Manufactured News was around as long as the three major news networks, say for the last 50 years, here’s how it would’ve “covered” some major news events:
1. The Kennedy assassination: “President John F. Kennedy committed suicide today in Dallas by shooting himself twice in the back of his head while his motorcade drove passed a half dozen or so people in the crowd that was lined up for several blocks. We have the film.”
2. The Watergate Break In: “The so-called Watergate burglars weren’t in Democrat headquarters to bug the phones to get any dirt on Teddy Kennedy. We at Fox have film showing what they were really doing in there — and that was putting flowers, balloons and teddy bears in the offices to spruce up the place as to surprise the workers there when they got to work the next morning.”
3. The signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: “Fox has proof that President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act — outlawing unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public — with invisible ink. We have the pen.”
And avid viewers —- or Foxholes —- who only watch the manufactured news network would see it as gospel.
This week Fox got some payback for the NAACP saying last week that the tea parties have elements of racism.
And Fox did it the Murdochian way —– minus the ethics.
The Manufactured News Network edited a speech by USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, an African-American, which made her appear to spew racist dialogue in a speech she gave last March.
Fox then enlisted their stormtroopers to recite the talking points on air on Monday.
One of the many things that Fox does that gives journalism a black eye is that they retaliate with revenge.
A mortal sin in the profession.
Like editing a speech — which, when viewed in its entirety, was the complete opposite of what the What Ailes Ya Manufactured News network put on air.
Sherrod’s speech centered on how the Georgia woman helped only black farmers save their farms. But then, through an epipheny of sorts, realized that her calling was to help the poor.
Poverty, after all, is not color-blind.
The same cannot be said of Fox.
At least they’re consistent —- so much so that their pattern has become obvious:
1. Discredit ACORN, the community organizing group that helped minority voters get out the vote. Granted, the organization wasn’t Mother Teresa, but the right wing-nuts used a white “pimp” and his “ho” to bring it down. Insult to injury, Roger Ailes-style.
2. Van Jones, former White House environmental adviser, resigned after controversy over his past statements and activism. His ouster was strongly backed by Republicans, which is controlled by Fox Manufactured News.
3. And now Ms. Sherrod.
The unfortunate running theme throughout the Fox and Foxholes crusadeis African Americans.
There are no coincidences in politics.
As unethical as Fox News was with the Sherrod story, one can almost overlook it. Their M.O. is as clear as the smirk on Sarah Palin’s face.
There is, however, no excuse for how the Obama administration and the NAACP reacted. Sherrod was fired from her position and the NAACP was quick to distance themselves from her.
Then they were left with egg on their face after the white farmers, now in their 80s, came to Ms. Sherrod’s defense and said that 25 years ago she was instrumental in saving their farm —- and, dare say it, their lives.
Now that the entire speech has been seen and heard and replayed on real news networks, the Obama administration has apologized to Ms. Sherood and offered to re-instate her. The NAACP also apologized to her and still maintains that they were initially “snookered” by the right wing media.
Poor excuse. No sympathy because you knew who you were dealing with but you took the easy way out anyway.
Because of the slam against tea partiers last week, the NAACP didn’t want to come off as “the new Black Panther Party” (another Fox alert for scared Americans — they even reported the new radicals were out to kill “cracker babies.”)
As for the Obama administration, maybe it’s time the president not worry so much about coming off as “the angry black man” and show some spine and stand up to the unhinged Glenn Becks and Rush Limbaughs and, thank you, Hillary, the vast right wing conspiracy.
You too were “snookered” by a cretin like Andrew Breitbart, the mastermind behind this New Wave McCarthyism, who can’t seriously think we believe he feels sympathy for Sherrod getting fired.
What did he think was going to happen to her —– get a job as a contributing commentator on Fox?
Fox Manufactured News became more powerful after 9-11 — those years when Bush and Cheney turned American against American and helped make Fox the arbiter of fearmongering. The so-called news network is now more powerful and dangerous than ever. It makes Joe McCarthy look like Pee-Wee Herman.
With the election of Barack Obama, Fox has become more cynical and hateful of anything that rings of diversity. Of anything that President Obama accomplishes.
Health care means death panels.
Don’t extend unemployment benefits because all jobless people are lazy.
It’s time for the president to stop being “snookered” by these fascists of the airwaves.
We don’t need Urkel, Mr. President. We need “Mister Tibbs.”