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Some of the right wing demagogues on Fox News seem to be trying to play along with the “Republican rebranding” charade; Bill O’Reilly, for example, who recently said he doesn’t really have a strong opinion on marriage equality (although he hasn’t been shy in the past about his aversion to it).
The problem with trying to sell the rebranding clunker to the public is the prevalence of another breed of right wing demagogue, the kind who aren’t just cavemen, they’re loud and proud to be Neanderthal throwbacks. Cavemen like talk radio host Steve Deace, who is quite upset with Bill O. Wants to see him hanged, in fact.
Deace: I’ve got a bee in my bonnet big time and it’s Bill O’Reilly at Fox News. I don’t like charlatans, I don’t like frauds; give me Rachel Maddow, at least she’s honest. But when you are trying to profit off of the very people you are betraying and you have tried to condescend them and patronize them for years and then at the moment they probably need you to return the favor of all the money they made you over the last fifteen years the most, you stab them in the back, throw them under the bus and use the enemy’s own language against them. To me that’s a hanging offense; that is a hanging offense.
With this issue there are no good arguments for it because the argument essentially boils down to, ‘because I want it.’ It’s essentially a tantrum; it’s policy by desire. ‘Because I want it.’ It’s a child throwing a hissy-fit, tantrum in Wal-Mart because mom bought me the regular sized M&Ms and not the king-sized that I demanded. As Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation pointed out on CNN this week that just drove the reporter into a meltdown, ‘no one is in jail for having consensual homosexual sex with another adult, what you’re trying to do is impose your narrow definition of what this means and therefore what it means for free speech and religious liberty on everybody else.’ So they throughout all these clichés and they are so easy to debunk. One of my favorites is, ‘well there’s homosexuality in nature.’ There’s also the licking of one’s own genitals, the flinging of one’s own feces and the eating of live prey and then puking it up to feed your offspring in nature too.
Grievance-mongering is a huge part of Bill O’Reilly’s (and Fox News’s) snake oil sales pitch, and since the War on Christmas is now out of season, he’s moving smoothly on to the next silly fake outrage: O’Reilly Declares Victory in ‘War on Christmas,’ Joins Fox’s ‘War on Easter’.
O’REILLY: More evidence that Judeo-Christian tradition is under attack in America. That is the subject of this evening’s Talking Points Memo. If you watch the Factor, you know that we won the “War on Christmas” battle. A few years ago some American companies ordered their employees not to say “Merry Christmas.” Remember that? We presented the facts to you, you told the stores you wouldn’t buy there. The crazy edict was quickly rescinded. Power to the people. But the war on Judeo-Christian tradition continues on in some public school districts. In 10 days it will be Easter Sunday. But in some schools you are not allowed to say the word “Easter.” On Long Island, the East Meadow school district, holding a Spring egg hunt — not Easter eggs, Spring eggs. Same thing in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Manhattan Beach, California. Flat Rock Elementary School in South Carolina, and a school district in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. No Easter. They are having Spring egg events. Moderated by a Spring bunny, at least in San Diego. I know it’s stupid. You know it’s stupid. But it’s happening, and there is a reason why it’s happening. Secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White House. They feel unchained, liberated and they are trying to diminish any form of religion. The goal is to marginalize religious opposition to secular programs. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 3/21/13]
Under the loving guidance of Fox News and Bill O’Reilly and the wingnut blogosphere, right wing Christians have never felt more victimized with less reason.
Two old white Fox News spokesholes encounter Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video, attempt to make sense of it, bone-headed racist hilarity ensues.
- O’Reilly calls Psy “some little fat guy from Yong Yang”
- O’Reilly says there’s no comparison between Psy and Elvis Presley, because Presley’s songs had “words”
- Ablow says “the meaning is that it has no meaning” and compares the video to a drug
There’s a lot of buzz today about John Cook’s story at Gawker on Fox News host Bill O’Reilly; the story alleges that O’Reilly used his influence with a Long Island police department to get their internal affairs unit to investigate a cop O’Reilly suspected of messing around with his wife: How Bill O’Reilly Tried to Get His Wife’s Boyfriend Investigated By the Cops.
Fox News has responded, and we note that they did not deny the substance of the story:
“Gawker has been lying about Fox News for several years,” a Fox spokesperson told Adweek when reached for comment about the story. “We are not going to dignify this with any further comment.”
The right wing blogosphere and Fox News are desperately trying to deflect, deny, and distort the ideology of Oslo terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, and Bill O’Reilly is leading the charge: O’Reilly Shreds Media for Calling Norway Terrorist ‘Christian’.
Now, on Sunday, the “New York Times” headlined “As Horrors Emerged, Norway Charges Christian extremist”. A number of other news organizations like the “LA Times” and Reuters also played up the Christian angle. But Breivik is not a Christian. That’s impossible. No one believing in Jesus commits mass murder. The man might have called himself a Christian on the net, but he is certainly not of that faith.
Also Breivik is not attached to any church, and in fact has criticized the Protestant belief system in general. The Christian angle came from a Norwegian policeman not from any fact finding. Once again, we can find no evidence, none, that this killer practiced Christianity in any way.
See if you can count the lies in those two short paragraphs.
To start with, O’Reilly appears to have completely made up his claim that “the Christian angle came from a Norwegian policeman.” As a matter of fact, the “Christian angle” comes directly from Breivik’s own words; in his manifesto there are many, many references to his belief in a “white Christian” Europe, and he discusses at length his own Christian beliefs.
And the idea that “no one believing in Jesus commits mass murder?” Just another variation on the right wing’s favorite intentional logical fallacy, sometimes referred to as “no true Scotsman” — because it’s quite obvious that Christians are just as capable of committing mass murder as any other human being.
I’ve never seen such craven, dishonest spinning.