May 15, 2011

More Fox News Channel Idiocy

The news of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL team appears to have driven the hacks at FOX News Channel to new heights of ridiculousness in their quest to deflate the surge in President Obama's popularity.  Exhibit A was the thoroughly ginned-up faux controversy over First Lady Michelle Obama's invitation to rapper and poet Common to participate in a White House poetry reading, with virtually every single talking head on Rupert Murdoch's propaganda network churning themselves into self-righteous fits of indignation in which they described Common as everything from an anti-George W. Bush zealot to someone who favors violence in general and cop-killing in particular.

The only problem?  Well, if you guessed that the Common was pretty much the exact opposite of his portrayal by the likes of Sean Hannity, Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly, you may not be a genius, but you're certainly familiar with the awfulness of FOX News.

Normally, this is the type of thing that makes someone like The Daily Show host Jon Stewart happy; his job just gets easier when other people essentially write his material.  This time seems a little different, however, as, after utterly destroying the FOX News smear efforts and calling it what it was: a desperate, sloppy, hypocritcal  attempt to tear down the president by any means available, Mr. Stewart seems genuinely frustrated at the lows to which FOX has sunk.  Bill O'Reilly invited him to debate the Common "controversy" on his show, The O'Reilly Factor, and the fact that Mr. Stewart accepted may well indicate fireworks to come.

One can only hope he will do to O'Reilly what he did to Crossfire...

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