Doocy High Fives The Taliban

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Update: edited this post to remove false equivalency relating Doocy’s words with treason.  H/T to commenters @Funkula and @Stentor for helping me find my way back to a more rational position.

Fox and Friends achieved a record-setting industry low, recently, for overall execrable bad taste and gross politicization in the cable news category, with a totally awesome combined score of -500.

Steve Doocy, wearing his full-metal consternation look, ruled the death of Major General Harold Greene a “huge touchdown for the Taliban.”

I’m sure that the Taliban was very happy to receive that unsolicited endorsement on American national television.

See, what the Taliban doesn’t quite get about the Republican party and its minions is that this is a zero-sum game to them.  If something, even something tragic, occurs that can conceivably be spun to reflect negatively on President Obama, all sense of propriety, civility or intellectual integrity fly out the window, and the tragic event is transformed into an occasion for glee.  Think Roman Colosseum . . .

And that’s right where Fox and Friends took it:

Co-host Peter Johnson, Jr. connected the general’s death to an NBC poll that found 54 percent of Americans disapproved of the way Obama was doing his job.

Doocy added that the poll also found that 71 percent of Americans felt that the nation was on the wrong track.

“And does this terrible tragedy yesterday prove that?” co-host Anna Kooiman suggested.

So Taliban, do a little end-zone dance and thank Allah for treasonous Americans who are more than happy to advance your cause and give you a big American pat on the back for helping them hate on their president.

In closing, I’d just like to say to Steve Doocy, I happen to be one of the 71 percent of Americans who feel that the nation is on the wrong track.  But that has nothing to do with Obama, you blockhead.

Posted by Bette Noir on 08/07/14 at 06:34 AM • Permalink

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So a few days ago, I checked out a recent book on Fox News from the library. It was really just because I needed something to read on the walk home, I wasn’t expecting much - what’s there to say about FNC now that hasn’t been pointed out in one of dozens of other books, or one of Robert Greenwald’s documentaries?

As it turns out quite a bit. The book ignores the usual complaints about bias and instead focuses on FNC’s active involvement in partisan politics, something that really only started in the 2008 election cycle. Yeah, they were cheerleaders for Bush, but the network never aggressively promoted pro-Bush events that were organized by its own personalities. The authors make the case that this unprecedented turn of events means that Fox News can no longer be considered a news organization in any meaningful sense.

I didn’t finish it - the world is frustrating enough without reading about some of FNC’s scumbag stunts - but I did get far enough to learn how much Rupert Murdoch has come to hate Roger Ailes. Wealthy old bastards like Murdoch play the political game with great care and sobriety, and it’s hard to do that when one of your generals is flipping off the President with both hands.

I wonder is Rupert will do anything to control Ailes, or if he’s realized the monster has broken out of the lab, is rampaging across the countryside, and hell, at 80+ years old maybe Rupert doesn’t care anymore.

hell, at 80+ years old maybe Rupert doesn’t care anymore

@Sos or maybe he’s gone “Reagan” on us . . .?

Sorry to sound a sour note, but you happened to hit one of my pet peeves. “Aid and comfort” and “treason” have very specific meanings, and none of Fox’s shenanigans come even close to meeting the standard. It’s disgusting and deserves to be condemned, but it’s important to do so in a way that doesn’t criminalize political speech. I was filled with white-hot hatred by Republican attempts to smear dissent as unpatriotic, and I’m not inclined to look the other way just because people I agree with are doing the smearing.

I agree with Funkula, those terms have specific meanings imputing certain acts, & while Steve Doocy is a douchebag that I’d like to punch in the nose for saying what he said, I don’t think it rises to that level. Thanks for making me defend a complete doucherocket Bette, now I have to go take a shower in the middle of the night.

@Funkula and @Stentor you both made me think a lot about this and I agree, equating this with treason is a big, hyper-emotional mistake and I’m glad to have readers who are not afraid to keep me honest.

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