Media Matters brings attention to a serious attempt by Fox News personalities to ‘take down’ the Obama White House, and rid the government of anyone they see as being too extreme (i.e sane):
stated goal: Get administration officials fired, “take the administration
down.” After weeks of
attacks from Beck led to the resignations of White House green jobs adviser Van
Jones and then-National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) spokesman Yosi Sergant,
Beck took credit, and also received credit from the media. Beck
his followers to
“[f]ind everything you can
about” several Obama administration officials, and has declared that his goal is
to “take the administration down.”
“[M]y job” is to “get rid of every” Obama “czar.” Following Jones’
resignation, Hannity stated, “[W]e got rid of one
[czar], and my job starting tomorrow night is to get rid of every other one. I
promise you that.” In September 2009, Hannity aired a
list of “10 people who President Obama has appointed or
nominated to work on your behalf in your government,” and asked, “Should any of
them be fired?” Hannity’s case for dismissing the advisers largely consisted of
false attacks, distortions, and trivial guilt by
In other countries, this type of overt anti government rhetoric would be seen as treason, and the TV station would be closed down and its employees sent to prison. In fact, had any network done anything similar to George Bush during the peak of his popularity, you can bet Fox News would have called them traitors and lobbied for their closure. But when a mildly liberal black man becomes President, it’s fair game to attack every single decision he makes, regardless of whether you support the policies or not. Sean Hannity was presumably for the czars that Ronald Reagan appointed, but against czars in general when Obama appointed them.
We are witnessing a very dangerous trend coming out of Fox at the moment, and it will only take a massive public campaign to stop them spreading their incredibly damaging brand of lying, corporate propaganda and cynicism.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.