April 14, 2009 by billie789
Tomorrow’s the big day. Tea Bagger Unite! Prepare to have a cable news outlet’s private parts dangled all over your face.
It’s the day that entire handfuls of angry Americans will get together for what ‘s adding up to the biggest waste of time and energy since George Bush tried to privatize Social Security.
Fox News, the propaganda arm of the Republican Party, has been promoting these so-called tax-and-spend protests by giving blow-by-blow coverage of where they will be held, who is speaking and what the reasons are behind the get-togethers.
Fox’s on-air hosts are headlining 4 or 5 prominent protests. For comedy relief, Sean Hannity says he’s going to Atlanta to cover the story as a “journalist.’
And we, as grown-ups who know right from wrong, know that it’s bullshit. This is an anti-Obama protest fueled by a failed Republican Party and its mouthpiece cable tv outlet.
Yesterday, as reported by Think Progress, Fox’s Neil Cavuto bristled at the widely-held belief that this is a thinly-veiled Anti-Obama rally in a time of war. He tried to cover it up by saying that when there have been similarly important events, Fox has covered them as news, not senationalist partisan baloney.
Think Progress showed this timeline of Fox/Cavuto comments about covering the Million Man March in 1995:
– Apparently, these populist protests don’t count much for them. Millions concerned they’re being taxed and feed to death counts even less for them. But a Million March March that turns out to be well shy of a million men — even half a million men — does count for them. We covered the follow-up marches to that Million Man March, because no matter the number, it was a big deal. [Fox News, 4/9/09]
– We do not pick and choose these rallies and protests. We were there for the Million Man March, even though, as I pointed out, it turned out to be well shy of a million men. [Fox Business, 4/11/09]
– Because like in the Million Man March, it didn’t turn out to be a million men, but it got covered. [Fox Business, 4/11/09]
– You seem to pick and choose what events and protests were worthy. Million Man March, worthy, even though it wasn’t a million men, it was half a million. We covered that because we thought it had a worthy message too. [Fox News, 4/8/09]
– But a Million March March that turns out to be well shy of a million men — even half a million men — does count for them. We covered the follow-up marches to that Million Man March, because no matter the number, it was a big deal. [Fox Business, 4/9/09]
Seems mighty defensive for just doing their jobs as “journalists.”
Here’s the problem, as Think Progress pointed out:
Fox News didn’t go on the air until 1996.
These are the people who are organizing a protest of our new President. They didn’t organize anything when George Bush began spending out of control. Fair and balanced?