If anybody still wonders how in the world so many conservatives can be so misinformed and oblivious to reality, all you have to do is look at where they get the bulk of their information. Sources like Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the like will tell them what they want to hear; what plays into their fears and pushes their agenda; what they want to be reality. Which is more often than not devoid of the full story.
We’ve seen it time and time again — there really shouldn’t be any debate as to whether these “news” sources are “fair and balanced.” And it should come as no surprise when they casually pass off a satirical story as actual “news” when it suits their narrative of painting President Obama in a bad light. Because who cares about doing actual research and verifying sources, right? If we can tie this all together with a nice bow tie against Obama, our viewers don’t have to know the truth anyway!
Cue “Fox & Friends” Saturday morning host Anna Kooiman. When talking about the “travesty” of the World War II memorial being closed (thanks to Republicans shutting down the government over “Obamacare”), Kooiman used it as a perfect opportunity to point out how President Obama is catering to Muslims instead of WWII vets:
“The Republican National Committee is offering to pay for it to keep it open so that the veterans from Honor Flight are going to be able to go and see this because who did it honor? It honored them. It really doesn’t seem fair, especially—and we’re going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it’s the Republican National Committee who’s paying for this.”
Now first of all, let’s go ahead and agree on one thing — it is an absolute disgrace that the WWII memorial had to be closed to begin with. But why was it closed? Because of the Republican obsession with “Obamacare,” and John Boehner’s refusal to allow the House to vote on the Senate’s clean CR (which would easily pass the House and be signed by the president). That’s it. That’s why we’re sitting where we are today, with tourist communities suffering and memorials being shut down. Republicans deserve 100% of the blame for thinking for one second that the president would agree to roll back his signature legislation (which is already helping millions of people).
But Fox News blaming Obama for the WWII memorial being closed is no surprise, it’s to be expected. The heart of this story, the true disgust here, rests with Kooiman’s assertion that the president “offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture” to stay open, while the Republican National Committee is offering to pay to keep the WWII memorial open. Kooiman obviously couldn’t care less that it was a satirical story posted on a fake news website — it suited her narrative and offered the perfect bow tie for the segment. Facts and reality be damned.
The good people at the Republican National Committee are offering to pay the cost of keeping the WWII memorial open for these heroic WWII vets, while President Obama continues to practice his devilry and pays for the “museum of Muslim culture” to stay open. See, he couldn’t care less about our country! He’s more concerned about Muslim culture than WWII vets!! Boooooooooo!!!!!!!
And now the vast majority of people watching Fox & Friends yesterday morning instantly believe this narrative, which has the domino effect of reinforcing all of their previously-held beliefs about the evils of Muslims and President Obama, and why Republicans are the “good guys.” Do you see how easy this scam is for them to pull off? Talk about something real going on, blame it on President Obama and inject blatant lies when necessary. Wash, rinse, repeat. This is why there are still millions of people who believe “Obamacare” has death panels and that President Obama is a Kenyan Muslim. And this is exactly why Fox News is a danger not only to the minds of the people who watch and believe it, but to our country as a whole.
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