September 02, 2009 News Corp
(Heather): Ugh... more fear mongering from Fox. From Media Matters- Conservative media accuse Obama of "indoctrinating" kids with back-to-school speech:
Numerous conservative media figures have baselessly accused President Obama of trying to "indoctrinate" America's children with his planned back-to-school speech encouraging students to succeed and persist in their studies. Sean Hannity claimed that "it seems very close to indoctrination," while Fox News commentator Monica Crowley said "just when you think this administration can't get any more surreal and Orwellian, here they come to indoctrinate our kids"; similarly, Michelle Malkin claimed that "the left has always used kids in public schools as guinea pigs and as junior lobbyists for their social liberal agenda."
Transcript below the fold.
HANNITY: And tonight in "Your America," now parents across the country are voicing concern over President Obama's plans to address schoolchildren on September 8th. Now the plan was announced by the education secretary, Arne Duncan, in a letter to principals all across the country.
Now Duncan says the president will use his remarks the challenge students to work hard. But in conjunction with the speech, the Education Department is encouraging teachers to utilize lesson plans that clearly promote the president's agenda. One of which calls on students to, quote, "Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president."
Now that's September 8th. Now fast forward three days later, September 11th. On that day, rather than honor the thousands of innocent lives that were lost in the attacks eight years ago, President Obama's political organization, Organizing for America, plan to push his health care reform agenda.
MyBarackObama.com recently pulled this statement from their site, quote, "all 50 states are coordinating in this. As we fight back against our own right-wing domestic terrorists who are subverting the American democratic process, whipped into a frenzy by their FOX propaganda network."
And joining me now with more on both of these outrageous stories is the author of the best-selling book, "Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies." Michelle Malkin is back with us.
Michelle, good to see you. Thanks for being here.
MICHELLE MALKIN, "THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION" AUTHOR: Thanks, Sean.
HANNITY: All right. Let's start with this pro-Obama action group, Organizing for America. You know recommending we set aside 9/11 as a day to call senators to pass the government option, fight back against our own right-wing domestic terrorists. And they also go on to say, "they heirs of bin Laden."
This is Obama's group.
MALKIN: It is. And it's no surprise. After all, this is an administration whose Department of Homeland Security earlier this year demonized right-wing opponents and tried to smear them with the terrorism label.
It's no surprise when we've seen all summer the critics of Obamacare opponents smearing them as un-American, terrorists, Talibani, every base name that you can think of, and this is directly something that Obama is responsible for because these are the people who put him in office.
And it's very telling that the Organizing for America Web site tried to scrub this, tried to pretend it didn't happen. That kind of white washing is also par for the course for the Obama machine.
HANNITY: But we're going to get into this a little bit later. We'll talk more about Van Jones and some of the more controversial appointments of Barack Obama and some comments he made about America being an imperialists country at -- the day after the 9/11 attacks, calling Republicans a word I can't say on even cable TV.
HANNITY: We'll get to all of that. What do you think it is? I think, in part, Barack Obama is so used to adulation and people fainting and praise from the media that this is the first time that he's had some resistance. And it seems that that Chicago political instinct to lash out has popped up immediately. Is that what this is?
MALKIN: Yes. It's classic culture of corruption and Chicago hardball tactics, to try and stifle their opponents and stifle dissent instead of answering it and winning the arguments on substance.
And we've seen it and we've talked about this, Sean, many times, about the way that team Obama handled their critics during the campaign, including you, most -- foremost, for shining light on the radical ties that Obama has forged over his lifetime with his cronies in academia and in the political world in Chicago.
We've seen them try to shut down a radio station that tried to broadcast more information about the ties between Obama and Bill Ayers. We've seen him try to use the power of government in seeking the Justice Department on critics who tried to run ads that highlighted a lot of his radical agenda.
And now we're coming full circle with regard to the second story of them abusing.
MALKIN: Abusing and exploiting children. It all goes back Bill Ayers and Chicago.
HANNITY: I think a lot of people will be surprised, and we'll get into this. Ann Coulter will join us and we'll talk about, well, an appointment he made of somebody that supports compulsory abortion. Somebody that called America an imperialist nation after 9/11.
I want to move on. I want to ask you, though, I would not normally have a problem any president that wants to address schoolchildren, wants to encourage them to study hard, to develop -- to learn, to have a great education, to inspire them that America is the greatest country and they can be all they can be.
But when you read the specifics here, what is the president asking me to do? How can I help the president? Now we're getting into an area where it seems very close to indoctrination, or at least has the potential. Your thoughts.
MALKIN: Well, my first thought is that people have to understand the context, the timing, and the culture of this speech. Although a lot of leftist and FOX bashers will make fun of us for calling attention to this event and say, what's the big deal? And they'll point to some sort of prepared text from Obama that looks very innocuous on its face.
But this is not a merely a morale-boosting speech that he's giving. He's giving it in the context of his Obamacare plan completely under siege. We know the left has always used kids in public schools as guinea pigs and as junior lobbyists for their social liberal agenda.
And of course, as I said, it goes back to Bill Ayers.
HANNITY: All right. But let me ask.
MALKIN: His pedagogical philosophy was to use the schools as tools for left-wing activists.
HANNITY: And, of course, he -- we know about Alinsky model and he actually taught the course. We have the video of him at the chalkboard showing that.
Do you really think, in light of the fact that we're paying attention to it, that he's not going to be a little more cautious? That he would.
HANNITY: Go ahead.
MALKIN: Yes. Well, as I said, it's not about the text. He'll actually deliver a very innocuous speech. I can guarantee you that. But in these classrooms, which are living laboratories for left-wing activism, what you're going to get are over zealous teachers, teachers union brass who are in the hip pockets of the Democrat Party, urge their kids to write letters, to demonize Obamacare opponents, and to call them proponents of change.
And we've seen this at the town halls. Obama is not above using an 11- year-old girl as his conduit for attacking a town hall protester's sign as, quote-unquote, "mean." He did that in New Hampshire and that girl was the daughter of an Obamacare acolyte. They are using these kids as political guinea pigs for hope and change. And we know what it's really all about.
HANNITY: All right, Michelle. Thanks again. Thanks for being with us. appreciate it.