August 2, 2010

Well, it looks like Sharron Angle’s favorite refuge Fox News can’t manage to do a report on her without exposing just how extreme this woman really is. The network aired a special Sunday night, Fox News Reporting: The Fight to Control Congress and one of the featured races was the Nevada Senate race with Sharron Angle facing off against Harry Reid.

During the segment, Fox's Carl Cameron lays out for their viewers just what Angle's positions are that she's been criticized for.

Cameron: What precisely she’s advocated; phasing out Social Security and Medicare, withdrawing from the United Nations, abolishing the EPA and much of the tax code and banning all abortions. But it’s not just the positions that Angle has taken, it’s how she’s defended them. She suggested that entitlement programs “spoiled our citizenry”, that it may be part of God’s plan that rape victims get pregnant and to some she even seems to sanction armed insurrection, a “Second Amendment remedy” is what she called it, if Harry Reid isn’t beaten at the ballot box.

In what world is talk of "armed insurrection" brought up as though it's just business as usual and not something to put a few exclamation points behind? Good grief. Never mind, I already know the answer to that, in ClusterFox's world where the rhetoric that was formerly reserved for the gas bags on right wing radio is being mainstreamed as normal.

And then later in the segment we get treated to Sharron Angle defending why she's been running from most of the press in Nevada.

Cameron: There was a tremendous amount of discussion about Sharron Angle’s taking the defensive posture.

Angle: We needed to have the press be our friend.

Cameron: Wait a minute! Hold on a second… to be your friend?

Angle: Well truly…

Cameron: It sounds lame…

Angle: Well, no, no, we wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported and when I get on a show and I say send me money to, so that your listeners will know that if they want to support me they need to go to

So she explains why about the only place she'll come on is right wing media outlets like Fox but Cameron pretends to be shocked... and she's begging for money on the air again. Wonderful.

One last note on this. Does anyone else think that the interview she and Cameron did could have just as easily been a parody segment on either The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? Carl Cameron even has some of the same facial expressions when he's talking to her that we see out of Jason Jones and Stephen Colbert.

Fox is making their own parodies and they don't even realize it.

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