Every Monday, Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America is a guest on my show. I confess that I look forward to our conversations with the anticipation of a little kid on Christmas morning. So far, Eric hasn’t brought me a pony, but without fail, he always delivers me gifts that not even Santa Claus could match.
You see, Eric and Media Matters consistently expose Fox “News” as nothing more than a partisan fraud, a propaganda arm of the GOP. And they do it with the clever trick of taking transcripts from Fox programs and — wait for it — proving what they say is FACTUALLY wrong.
Not surprisingly, Fox hates this.
But for Mama, it’s just the gift that keeps on giving.
Today, for example, Eric smartly pointed out that all the Republican finger pointing at Mittens for his post-election comments about how the president won the election by giving away free government “gifts” (like Social Security and college aid) to his key constituencies is just a media distraction. As Eric astutely notes, the fact is that the Republicans “don’t have a Mitt Romney problem … they have a Fox News problem.”
If you live in a world (as my mother’s masturbating bird does) where every word spoken on Fox News is taken as gospel, then facts are not only unpopular, they’re literally threatening to their viewers’ grasp on reality.
You’d think there would be consequences for commentators and pundits who’ve been as wrong as the Fox talking heads were this year. Instead, their misstatements are either ignored or rationalized as “liberal” bias.
Take some of these beauties, for example:
“(Romney’s landslide victory) will be the biggest surprise in recent American political history. … It will rekindle the whole question on why the media played this race as a nailbiter where in fact Romney’s going to win by quite a bit.”
—Fox News contributor Dick Morris, Nov. 5, 2012
“Thanks to your bookies, this American is preparing to make a lot of money. If the British public currently think Barack Obama is coasting to victory in the Nov. 6 election, they are gravely mistaken. Mitt Romney can win this election. No doubt about it. And it will be because of the first presidential debate on October 3 — a battle of ideas and ideologies that changed American politics as we know it. That day, Romney came to fight and Obama became his punching bag.”
—Fox News analyst Frank Luntz, Oct. 29, 2012
“I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.”
—(Then) Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich, Dec. 1, 2011
“(Sarah Palin) has a schedule next week that looks like that of a candidate, not a celebrity. … This is her last chance. She either gets in or gets out after this visit next week. I think she gets in.”
—Fox News contributor Karl Rove, Aug. 20, 2011
The unintentionally funny result of Fox experts continuously screwing up is that every now and then their bitterness at being ridiculed causes them to accidentally tell the truth:
“The white establishment is now the minority. The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore.”
—Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Nov. 6, 2011
If by “traditional” he means that most people no longer blindly believe his bulls**t, I think he’s absolutely right. The Fox party is as over as the tea party.
Someone needs to tell Sean Hannity it’s time to turn out the lights. But don’t worry, sweetness. You’ll always have a job with me. “Stephanie and Sean in the Morning.” That has a nice ring to it.
Of course, you’ll have to get the coffee.
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