If you have read my recent posts, I have spent a substantial amount of time discussing the current President’s comments that we need to change the way we’re reporting the news and his remarks that the Fox Cable News channel continually disparages the poor people of this nation, calling them lazy, sponges, and leeches. I commented on a liberal friend’s Facebook post indicating that my TV stays tuned into Fox News most of the time and I’ve never heard anyone on the channel disparage the poor. What I was called is in my 5/18/2015 post, along with my comments.
One of the liberal commenters provided to me a link to a Media Matters page containing numerous links to videos where it’s alleged that Fox News personalities were saying mean things about the poor. After briefly reviewing the web page, I realized that I could rip most of what was displayed and did rip apart the first three videos in my 5/18 post. Here are my comments on the next few videos.
- Hannity asks caller if he’s voting for Obama to get an Obama Phone: This caller in this soundbite was a Democrat from Washington, D.C. who said that he was voting for Obama (this was before the 2012 election). Sean asked him if he was voting for Obama to get an Obama phone. Sean’s question about the Obama phone seemed to me very “tongue & cheek.” In fact Sean was being humorous and asked the caller to name one good thing that Obama had done since he had been in office. There was nothing wrong with this. Sean didn’t say mean things about poor people.
- Fox’s Shameless Misrepresentation of SNAP Recipients: Fox News did report on a California surfer and aspiring musician named Jason, who demonstrated how he supports his beach-bum lifestyle with food stamps, while dismissing the idea of holding down a regular, steady job. So, Fox News showcased one guy who was scamming the system. Do the liberals think that everyone who is on food stamps is legit? Entitlement fraud is everywhere. In fact, most local health and human services agencies have departments for investigating fraud. We do have freedom of the press in this country, and Media Matters opined that is surely wouldn’t have been difficult for Fox to find a realistic food stamp recipient. Fox, like its counterparts, is an independent media organization and they have the right to determine what to report on. If Media Matters and the liberals were so concerned about this, why didn’t they do a counter piece showcasing deserving people in which the food stamp program has been beneficial?
- Fox’s Andrea Tantaros treats food stamps as a diet plan: Once again, liberals are attacking freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This was a video of a segment on the Fox Business Network where Andrea Tantaros was a guest of Stuart Varney’s. Andrea and Stuart were discussing the food stamp program itself and definitely not disparaging its recipients. Furthermore, they indicated that they couldn’t live off of the $133 per month which is what recipients in New Jersey receive. Andrea did make a comment to the effect that she would look so good if she were on food stamps because she would lose weight and be so skinny. I did feel like that comment was crass and not particularly necessary. Here are a few comments to the video: (1) ”Is Tantaros admitting that she looks like s#*t? Because I could actually agree with that.” (2) “I don’t know, I’ve taken c#%&s that look better than her, so s#*t might not be the best adjective to describe her looks.” (3) “May she burn in her own hatred and karma, what a truly horrendous thing to say.” I did indicate that Andrea’s comments were crass, but not to the extent that they warrant comments like those above.
Granted, I’m an unenlightened oaf and maybe if I was enlightened, I could grasp all of this disparaging of the poor in the above three videos and the ones I discussed on 5/18. But I am what I am and I just don’t get it.
Our fundamental right of freedom of speech has been eroded to the extent that I am concerned about what I put out there. Using the “N-word” is absolutely forbidden anywhere; and of course, no one should use it. Several years ago, someone wrote a piece to the effect that men excelled in math and science whereas women excelled more in the social subjects. I’ve heard this all my life, but the author of that article was taken to task by some feminist groups. Now, it looks as though we can’t discuss poverty and entitlement programs in America because that would be disparaging the poor.
It’s getting worse every day and that should scare everyone. Liberals appear to want to shut down any debate and they’re doing the best they can to make as many subjects off limits for discussion. Of course, we all know that liberals don’t care about facts and cannot promote their side of an issue. Neither can they read and comprehend what they have read. It now looks like they’re incapable of watching a video and interpreting that video correctly.
In my Friday post, I will highlight more of the videos that the liberals say demonstrates that Fox News shames poor people.