Fox Idiocy (apologies for the redundancy)


The following quote from Left of Center accurately reflect my feelings about the willful ignorance of Fox News viewers and Limbaugh listeners…

Left of Center:

I do not understand the American right wing. I don’t understand how people who make less than $100,000 vote for policies that benefit millionaires, and I don’t know why people who are on their third marriage constantly prattle about family values.

Much of the commentary coming from the right wing is baffling because it is glaringly inaccurate. Some would say it is blatant lies. Liberal media watchdog group Media Matters is constantly kept busy fact checking and stating the errors from the right-wing noise machine.

In many cases, it is obvious that the commentary is incorrect, so I must conclude that this is done deliberately. Right-wing commentators must know they are talking nonsense, but they continue to say it because they need the great unwashed masses to believe, and act on it.

Mario Piperni

Politico ran a story a couple of days ago entitled, “Bill Clinton scorches GOP field on climate change“.  Basically, Clinton took global warming deniers to task for leading the charge in questioning the science behind global warming.  He also targeted the current crop of nominees in the GOP primary.  All of them are deniers with the exception of Huntsman and possibly Romney.  The flip-flop man is not quite sure where he stands on the issue.

Anyway, here is the takeaway line from Clinton’s speech.

“I mean, it makes us — we [the US] look like a joke, right? You can’t win the nomination of one of the major parties in the country if you admit that the scientists are right? That disqualifies you from doing it?”

Well Fox wasn’t too happy with anyone criticizing their beloved Republican candidates so Fox Nation ran the Politico story with a minor modification to the headline.

Too funny and dumb.  It’s stuff like this that makes ardent Fox viewers the biggest group of ignorant, misinformed cretins in America.

Fox Nation Video Asks If the Fourth Horseman Is in Cairo

As many of you know, this blog’s tagline is: Sorting out the crazies.

Lately there have been a lot of craziness in the news and I’ve been on top of most of it.  Well, of all the weird noise coming from the far right, this next article pretty much gets the fictional “craziest of the crazies” award…

News Hounds

Fox Nation actually posted a video asking their viewers if the fourth horseman of the apocalypse is appearing in Cairo. According to them, you can see a greenish figure at the 1:20 mark that appears to be a man on a horse in medieval garb.

Perhaps they could have taken a few extra minutes to research whether or not it was a hoax. Fox could have addressed such small facts as the horsemen are usually described as biblical in passages such as Zechariah 1:8-17 and 6:1-8 and therefore, would not be dressed in medieval attire.

Also, the fourth Horseman is listed as Death in Revelations 6:7-8. I’ve always seen Death robed, whether depicted as the angel Azrael or as the classic skeletal figure. Even Pagan versions such as Greek Thanatos fit that description.

Amazing that Fox Nation can identify the figure as medieval (despite the blurriness), and then rush to suggest it could be the Angel of Death without doing even the most rudimentary fact-checking. Reposts Anti-Obama Article From The Onion, Doesn’t Mention It’s A Joke

This is the kind of thing Fox and Company does.  At times the need some real proof to back up their false claims about Barack Obama.  So what do they do?  They find an old news report from the “spoof” cite The Onion and conveniently fail to report on the Fox Nation site that it’s satirical.

TPM LiveWire

Most people recognize The Onion as the Peabody Award-winning satire machine that it is. Some people, however, don’t. Which is why we get a story like this every few months. Of course, it’s sometimes easy to mistake an Onion article for the real thing since the writers make sure to skew as close to their targets as possible. It also doesn’t hurt when real news outlets reprint the satirists’ work and decide not to let their readers know it’s a joke, as Fox Nation did today.

Yes, the Fox Nation editors were apparently so enamored with an Onion piece from today entitled “Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000-Word E-Mail” that they reposted the first two paragraphs in their culture section with nary a sign as to its fictional nature. The only clue that this wasn’t real (besides a quick peek at your inbox to confirm that Barack Obama hasn’t been emailing you) was a link at the bottom instructing readers to go to for the real story. This tiny link was, unfortunately, not enough for the vast majority of FN readers. At least, that’s the way it seems from the comments section.

Here’s a sampling:

“If this story is correct, that he did send out this email, it is very concerning about his current state of mental health. I am surprised he would be allowed to send something like this out and if he is not functioning very well why there isn’t some attention being paid to his current state.”

“Hey, you fraud: Get out. Your presidency is an affront to the exceptionalism of America. Pathetic loser.”



In fact, at the time of this post’s writing, you have to scroll through 20 comments to find someone who realizes the story’s fake. Five comments below that there’s actually someone (sarcastically?) saying they emailed The Onion for confirmation on the story.

Whether Fox Nation reposted this story without a disclaimer accidentally, as a prank, or because of something more sinister, we’ll leave up to you decide. However, Fox Nation should be aware that, sad as it may be, not everyone is familiar with the brilliance that is The Onion. And for every one of my aunts who forwards me this article today, I’m going to be very, very angry at them.

Here’s a screenshot of the post before it’s (hopefully) taken down: