I’m not easily offended — at all. If anything, I have frequent confrontations with liberals who are way… way too sensitive and “PC.” One of the things that I love about watching someone like Bill Maher is that he’s not PC and he’ll call out liberals who are being ridiculous.
I’m a firm believer in the true nature of free speech. Someone can be as vile or ignorant as they want to be, because that’s their right to be that type of person. I don’t have to like it or agree with what they say, but I’m not going to say they shouldn’t have the right to be a bottom-feeding parasite just because I find what they believe to be disgusting.
However, when you’re a public figure – especially someone in the media – your words have consequences. Not only do you represent a company, but because of your position, you have influence over others. While I fully support the “freedom of the press” and don’t have a problem with opinionated journalism, there’s still a difference between expressing your opinion and libelous, slanderous speech.
Well, in my opinion, Fox News’ Stacey Dash’s latest attack on President Obama crossed the line from simply expressing her dislike for him to hate-filled slander based on absurd nonsense.
During an interview with conservative talk show host Joe Pagliarulo, she said that African Americans only voted for President Obama because of “21st century Nazism,” while also calling him an “Islamic fascist” and stating that she believes he doesn’t like this country.
“We are more divided now that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime,” Dash said. “Because he doesn’t like the country. He’s an Islamic fascist, I believe. He doesn’t like America.”
So, here we have a fairly prominent Fox News personality basically calling the President of the United States a terrorist, and claiming that African Americans somehow only supported him because of some sort of warped ties into a modern day version of Nazism?
Oh, then to claim that the President of the United States doesn’t like his own country?
Then these clowns wonder how some buffoon like Donald Trump managed to run away with the Republican party’s nomination — it’s by allowing this sort of bullsh*t to become commonplace with the conservative media!
Not too long ago, it was acceptable to criticize a president, but you don’t accuse him of being a terrorist and a traitor like it wasn’t a big deal. Yet over the last eight years, it’s apparently acceptable to show absolutely no respect to the office of the President of the United States.
I wasn’t even remotely a fan of George W. Bush, but I wouldn’t accuse him of being a traitor, a terrorist or claim he didn’t love his own country. Sure, he was an awful president who made a seemingly endless list of horrible decisions. There’s a difference between thinking someone is a terrible president and saying something like “George W. Bush wanted 9/11 to happen,” or “He clearly sent American troops to die in Iraq because he hates our military.”
Could I have said those things? Sure. Hell, it would be very easy to tie in the 9/11 attack to Bush’s strange push for a war in a country with deep ties to his father’s presidency. But I wouldn’t accuse him (though I know some have) of letting all of this happen, or doing all of this because he hated this country. Were there some questionable decisions behind what went on? Of course there were. But I never saw anyone in the media outside of Internet comments or the very far-left accuse him of basically being a terrorist or someone who hates this country — especially on a major cable news network.
Hell, Martin Bashir was more or less forced out of MSNBC for making a rather crude comment about Sarah Palin. Granted, he shouldn’t have said it, but what he said was a whole hell of a lot different than accusing the President of the United States of being a fascist terrorist, hating his country and the African Americans of falling prey to some sort of modern day version of Nazism.
But this is what’s wrong with the whole damn Republican party. This vile, hateful and complete lack of respect for anyone with which they disagree has become a staple among conservatives. Now to stand out, you have to be someone like Trump, or say deplorable comments like Dash – otherwise you’re not “conservative enough” for their special brand of hatred.
Will Fox News get rid of her? It’s unlikely. After all, they’ve built a large part of what the network is by pandering to people who agree with her.
This is exactly how the Republican party, seemingly in complete disarray right now, ends up with a bumbling, racist and bigoted fool like Donald Trump as their presidential candidate.
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