There were so many ugly moments on Fox Monday night I wasn't sure which one to pick as the highlight, or whether to pick one at all. But you know, this is the kind of junk we have to put up with from them, 24/7. No issue can be a serious one, no discussion can be devoid of snark and nastiness. So I've made a collection. Ask Granny next time you see her how she feels about these little moments and whether she really thinks Fox News has any semblance of fairness. Or balance.
We begin with Michael Scheuer, who wins my "Sexist Comment Un-Masked" (SCUM) award. In this segment, they're nattering over Afghanistan, and how the mean Muslims seem to be the only Muslims over there, and how it's the fault of the mean Muslims that Americans died after the scum on this side of the ocean burned the Koran, giving the Taliban an excuse to go on a murderous rampage.
Here's the key line from Scheuer, at about 60 seconds in:
No US Marine should die so Mrs. Mohammed can vote.
You know, there's a lot of arguments for why we shouldn't be in Afghanistan. I can think of many, and if it had been up to me, we wouldn't be in Afghanistan. But Scheuer's remark just leaps right out of the screen and slaps every woman in the face. See, it's all about MISTER Mohammed's right to vote, because we are always pro-democracy as long as it's a male-dominated Christian, shut-the-women-the-hell-up kind of thing. He is deserving of my SCUM award, and now he has it.
Now on to Hannity. You know, I so want to slap that stupid grin off his face. That smug, nasty, self-righteous, small-penis grin. It's got to go. At about 50 seconds in, we get this idiocy, with regard to that ONE BILLION DOLLAR meme and Obama's re-election bid.
HANNITY: You know, you follow history. Can you name a single time, a single incident, either somebody running for the Senate, Governor, or the Presidency where somebody could buy an election? Don't you have to be elected on your record, re-elected on your record, your success?
Dick Morris' response is just hysterical. After trying to calm Hannity down a little bit, he says, you know, the media coverage is so intense, and well, WE have all that free coverage here on Fox News. (1:26).
Of course, this does not satisfy Hannity, who comes back with his question another way.
HANNITY: Doesn't he need to do a good job? Like for example, watch this video. Nobody is citing any great success he's had. Reagan had an incredible record after 4 years...
HISTORY REWRITE ALERT. Sound the air horns, because Hannity just rewrote the entire Reagan presidency. For a little bit of history about how the 2008 financial meltdown can be pointed directly back to Reagan, go read this interview with David Stockman, his former budget director. Or Will Bunch's book, Tear Down This Myth.
Reagan's record was hardly stellar when he left office, and Obama's approval rating is higher than Reagan's at this point in his first term. But Hannity is undeterred by facts, and the segment ends with Morris predicting that Obama will be beaten in 2012. I take comfort in knowing Morris is 100% wrong all of the time.
Glenn Beck was full of spew, too, but there were just too many stupids to pick only one clip. All I'm going to say is that he trashed the attackers on the UN while belittling their reaction to the Koran burning. And somehow it all comes back to Israel, because that's where Beck always goes. And Bill Ayers. And Code Pink. And of course, Cass Sunstein. That man is nuts.
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