Monday, April 26, 2010

The Fox Cult

At a recent post Liza's comment linked to a 12 minute video of the April 15, 2010 Tea Party gathering in Washington DC. In the video, an interviewer with a microphone is followed by a cameraman. For clarity:

My writing is plain text.
The reporter is blue.
Tea attendees are italicized.

Break indicates a cut to other footage.

What are your concerns with the current administration?
Socialist agenda
What are the things they are doing that have you think they're pursuing a socialist agenda?
Mandatory health care, uh, (pause), I dunno.


Everybody over 65 is expendable. They can't expect to be treated. The government wants the younger people who can make more money for the government. We're senior citizens, and now they tell us we can't get medical care because they're gonna give us a pill.


They're trying to get control of the country so that they can run every business and run every person and tell them what they can do and when they can do it, and tax us to death.


This is gonna be the end of life as we know it in America.
Which issues are going to be the end of life in America?
Well, (pause), uh, (pause) the socialist angle.
Which issues specifically?
Um (pause), the tyranny of the government? Unfair taxation! The redistribution of wealth.


Did you know that President Obama is considering banning fishing in America?


They've actually lowered taxes on 95% of Americans.
I would say that would be false.
There were $300 billion in tax credits to middle class families by the Obama administration and the Congress.
Where's those middle class families at? I don't see them here. I'm a middle class family. I didn't see no tax credit.
If you didn't fill out the paperwork for that tax credit, they will adjust it and send that back to you.
I think you 're misinformed.


(Regarding the tax credit): Hogwash.
You don't believe it?
(Another) Anyone that believes that just hasn't been paying attention.


If people are making billions of dollars a year, do you think they should be paying more taxes?
No I don't.
You don't think a billionaire should pay more taxes than you?
No I don't.
How are you doing financially?
I'm really struggling. I can barely make my house payment each month.


What policies would you like to see changed?
Abolish the Federal Income Tax. Repeal the health care bill. Get rid of the Department of Education. Get rid of the EPA, the IRS.
Social Security?
Absolutely. All of the agencies.
All of them?
Get rid of all of them.

Lord Monckton spoke at the event: Now we are met on the great battle field of a new civil war, and the greatest battle of the war is the global warming battle.

Can anyone explain to me why this group is so hostile to the notion that carbon emissions are heating up the planet? If we address it effectively, do we screw up God's Armageddon agenda? Surely the Supreme Being has a plan B for unleashing the End of Days if we resolve our fossil fuel issues.

In what may possibly be a profoundly illustrative moment, Monckton went on to praise Fox News to great cheering in the audience. He praised Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and the crowd went wild. What if the entire Tea phenomena, minus a few exceptions, is nothing but a Fox News created entity? What if the Tea Party movement is an intellectually vacuous Fox Cult exploited by Fox and a few other schmucks purely for financial gain?

One: Glenn Beck is very educational. He can explain things to you. He's not making things up. He gives factual information.

Two: I think Glenn Beck is great for the dissemination of information and the dispelling of disinformation.

Three: We don't watch CNN. They're a lying bunch of pigs to put it nicely.

Four: CNN I would call Communist News Network. MSNBC is way out there flagrant socialists.
You don't think that Fox News, who has on their network people right out of the Republican Party, Mike Huckabee, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, Republicans sometimes running for office. You don't view that as actually more biased?
Not at all.
You speak as if you have been victimized by liberal media.
Absolutely. I've been brainwashed my whole life.



Blogger The Navigator said...

I watched the video when I saw it in Liza's comment. You have captured the essence of it pretty well, and I think you are on to something regarding Fox News creating a following of empty headed sheep screaming "Baah!!!"

They live inside an echo chamber fueled by Hannity, Beck & Co. and work themselves into a frenzy about exterminating grandma and the government takeover of laundromats and Jiffy Lubes. No semblance of reality remains with these people.

I don't get it either about the almost rabid reaction to the issue of global warming. I would be interested in a good theory on that.

4/26/2010 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Dustin said...

I just don't understand why these folks are so upset. You would think Obama personally broke in to their house and pissed in their corn flakes.

I don't like the way the health care bill turned out either, but damn, this is wild. It's almost like some of these guys were already pissed off and just latched on to the most convenient cause. I think that is highlighted pretty well by the level of anger as contrasted by how poorly informed some of them appear to be.

That's OK though, I guess I'll just keep paying for these benefits, and hope that when my turn comes around that they are still in place.

4/26/2010 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you the Dustin that used to comment here years ago?

Haven't heard from you in ages.

4/26/2010 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Dustin said...

yeah, I have trouble getting online these days between work, commute and school. I also though X shut the place down, but it looks like it is still in business.

4/27/2010 9:07 PM  

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