Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fox Nation's Big, Big, BIG, Bigoted Article

FOX NATION ARTICLE: Another Racist, Crazy Conservative Attack on
Obama: Health Reform as Reparations


"wow they'll say anything"

"Every time I read crazy bullshit like this, the phrase "grasping at straws" comes to mind."

"It's down right scary how dumb these people are."

thinkingblue COMMENT:

I must admit, I live in my own little sphere where such stupidity does not
reign supreme. I stay away from Fox news, (if my remote button
lands on it even for a second... I quickly push next to get the
hell out of there, FAST). I don't view the backwardness of
Fox viewers as scary (unless, they start donning white sheets and
pointed hoods). But I do get angry that there is a media outlet
that fuels such ignorance and makes money doing so, to boot. The
FoxTV/Right-wing talk radio charlatans use their follower’s
shallowness to control this audience and what a sad lot they are.
Always in a state of anger, believing some group is to blame for
their hardships; when in reality it's the very right-wing
political and religious belief system they have bought into that
keeps them bound by their own ignorance. It's really quite sad.

Another Racist, Crazy Conservative Attack on
Obama: Health Reform as Reparations

Tana Ganeva, AlterNet
Posted on July 28, 2009, Printed on August 15, 2009

An article proudly featured in the top spot
of Fox Nation today pulls off the impressive feat of combining
two seemingly unrelated Conservative pastimes -- battling the
creation of a viable health care system and screeching about
"reverse-racism" -- into one totally absurd, bizarre
and racist attack on Obama.

"Reparations by way of health care reform?" asks the
headline accusingly. A large picture of Obama, brow furrowed as
he thoughtfully considers more ways to destroy Freedom and
oppress white men, accompanies the headline.

Often Fox Nation writes headlines completely unrelated to the
pieces they link to, in order to rile up their commenters and get
clicks. But in this case, the piece really is as batshit insane
as the headline suggests:

Still believe in post-racial politics? Read the health care
bill. It's affirmative action on steroids, deciding everything
from who becomes a doctor to who gets treatment on the basis of
skin color.

President Obama is on the record as being officially opposed
to reparations for slavery. But as with other issues, you have to
sift through his eloquent rhetoric and go beyond the teleprompter
to get at what he really means.

The piece goes on to reveal the shocking information that
Obama opposes reparations because they don't go far enough.
Gasp! Not, only that, but the First Black President's ploy to
sneakily usher in something worse than reparations is to
rig the new health care system to privilege African-Americans.

Of course, as has been pointed out 5 trillion times before,
there is no such thing as an Obama health care "plan".
While the President has aired his preferences, he has not put
forth a set policy. And indeed, when the article digs into the
legislation, it references (or misrepresents) something that
actually exists -- the house bill, which has very little to do
with Obama. Yet the piece nevertheless stokes racist fears about
Obama personally instituting preferential treatment for blacks by
way of health care reform.

This absurdity has already been aired by Glenn Beck. But is it being primed for full-on
conservative meme status? Something just racist and fringe enough
to pick up steam and be repeated, ad nauseum, by the wingnuts and
eventually legitimized by reports in mainstream media? As if the
health care debate needed to be degraded further.

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