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Saturday, June 6, 2009

I Love Right-Wing Extremists!

This might be quite shocking, but I realized today, while watching an amazing piece of the Daily Show, that I honestly love right-wing extremism. For the simple reason that it is just about the funniest thing ever.

Honestly, Barack Obama made a brilliant speech in a country which, by and large, really doesn't like America. So what does Fox News do? They attack him for it. I mean, how dare he say things like the fact that Muslim nations have given us basically our entire foundation in Mathematics and Science? I invite anyone to watch his speech and tell me that it anything but an eloquent, thought-provoking and ultimately extremely respectful plea for dialogue between the Muslim nations of the world and their Western counterparts.

Sadly, this isn't even the worst of the Fox News attacks. For example, we have this. Barack Obama was in Turkey, in the first step in his Middle Eastern peace tour. In case you've been burned out of videos after the previous 55 minute marathon, here are some excerpts:

President Obama:

If you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.

Sean Hannity:

He honors the national day of prayer behind closed doors. Now, on his Middle East apology tour, the President calls the U.S. a "Muslim nation."

President Obama:

We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens, who are bound by ideals.

Sean Hannity:

The same president who insists the U.S. is not a Christian nation is now calling us a Muslim nation.

Isn't Sean Hannity so sweetly naïve and just simply wrong? I mean, he would be if it wasn't so scary that Fox News actually gives face time to such a hack.

The saddest thing of all though is the fact that Fox News is only slightly worse than the rest of the big American (and Canadian) news stations. While Fox News's extremist stance makes it worse than all the others, its reporting is only as bad as everybody else. It takes someone like Jon Stewart (and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC to some extent) to really force the issue of the misreporting of facts and clouding of issues that is occurring worldwide. And as much as I like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, it really is sad when comedians bring higher quality news to the table than the reporters themselves.


UPDATE: Let's not forget Newt Gingrich


Manda said...

Ugh, FOX news... D:

It's so true, though. I learn more about the news and what's really happening via The Daily Show and The Colbert Report than I do watching the actual news. I think that says a LOT about the reporting in the US. I originally wanted to be a journalism major in college, but reporting skewed news like that isn't for me!