Though the open war between Fox and the Obama administration has come to an end (one can only guess, of course, as to what happened at that mysterious meeting on Wednesday), the conversation about what ensued between the two camps has not yet neared its close.
One of the main (rational) complaints regarding the Obama administration’s behavior in this “war” is that it refused to acknowledge bias in other networks. I don’t think that the bias in any other network comes close to the propaganda, hate-mongering, racism, and anti-Americanism (yes, undermining the administration in every way possible while relying on aforementioned propaganda, racism, and very little fact is anti-American) going on at Fox. Who cares if MSNBC is left leaning? Has it gone to any of the extremes that Fox revels in? Has any other network compared anyone to a Nazi recently? Fox news has become enamored with comparing Obama to Hitler, which is not only downright ignorant, but extremely offensive not only to all Jews, but all those who have suffered and whose families suffered through genocide. “We are really truly stepping beyond socialism and starting to look at fascism”, says Glenn Beck. Or take the recent comparisons to Stalin’s suppression of the media during the Cold War. Really, socialized healthcare is comparable to purging millions of your own citizens? Let’s not forget that Beck has also compared President Jimmy Carter’s suggestion that Representative Joe Wilson’s comments might be racism a tactic akin to suicide bombing, or Beck’s comparison of progressives to tyrants and slave owners.
No other news source has such a blatant, extremist, and offensive bias. This is because Fox isn’t behaving like a news source of any kind. Whether or not Glenn Beck is actually part of Fox’s “news” programming, Fox gives him a platform to spew such hate (and inaccuracies). The Obama administration was completely justified in deciding to stop legitimizing it as a “traditional news organization”. After all, Obama pays no attention to my TV network! The White House always gets to choose what media outlets to respond to. A news organization loses that privilege when it stops functioning as one.
When CNN starts comparing those Republicans that don’t want to extend healthcare to every American to the officials who turned a boatload of Jews away at the US border only to be sent back to their deaths in concentration camps in Germany, you’ll hear me complain. Or if MSNBC starts comparing those conservatives who deny gay marriage to the US representatives who decided that slaves were property and only amounted to three-fifths of a person, you’ll hear me complain about that as well. But until then, as other media outlets continue to show normal political leanings and Fox continues to irresponsibly spread hate, I support the “war”, and perhaps am a little sad it ended. Way to defend the integrity of the press, Obama administration. I am behind you.
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