Or Might As Well Be!
For example: FOX News has already been revealed as THE media to attack Barack Obama on anything. After all, we witnessed "Dijongate," instituted by Sean Hannity. FOX inter-office memos have revealed that staff has been ordered to paint the President in a bad light for everything, no matter what the subject. Hannity and other FOX pundits (like Greta Van Sustern - supposedly a "journalist/reporter") have taken every opportunity, no matter how scant, to keep hammering away at Obama's image.
Even individual commentators from other networks have succumbed to ridiculous cause celebres such as the "birther movement."
Birthers are (at best) laughable and (at worst) unstable. They are the uneducated fringe who are given center stage simply because they seem so irrepressably ridiculous. They will go to any lengths to disguise their hatred for Obama as a matter of patriotism. They will not accept the fact that the questions of Obama's birth have been answered and that birther "theories" have been debunked.
They also cherish any media that shows the slightest amount of serious interest in them.
They found that wedge with conservative commentator Lou Dobbs of CNN.
From ThinkProgress. com:
'The Wacko Wing'
And lest we forget, Lou Dobbs' last brush with the Obama administration involved buying several boxes of the obviously racist Obama's Waffles at the Values Voters Summit. Even Tony Perkins was not amused.
Last Thursday, CNN President Jon Klein sent an e-mail to a handful of the network's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" staffers informing them that he considered one of the stories pursued by the infamously anti-immigrant host to be "dead." On his radio show the week before, Dobbs declared that President Obama needed to "produce a birth certificate," picking up on a thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory that claims Obama was not born in the United States, and the birth certificate released by his campaign last year was fake. Dobbs repeatedly pushed the "birther" cause despite the fact that his colleagues at CNN have repeatedly called the story "total bull." In fact, while guest-hosting Dobbs' own show on July 17, Kitty Pilgrim refuted the fringe theory, saying, "CNN has fully investigated the issue, found no basis for the questions about the president's birthplace, but the controversy lives on, especially on the Internet." But Dobbs has persisted, attacking his critics as "limp-minded, lily-livered lefties" who hate him because he has "the temerity to inquire as to where the birth certificate was." As Dobbs continued to air the conspiracy theory, Klein backed off his admonition of the host, telling the Los Angeles Times that Dobbs had handled the issue in a "legitimate" manner and "if there are future news pegs, then we have to take that story as it comes." On Sunday, Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz used his CNN show to chastise media outlets that "give the birthers any airtime" to repeat their "ludicrous claims." Kurtz specifically criticized Dobbs for not acting "responsible."
What we have here is the image of our country as a place where every person, sane or not, can gain media attention if they latch on to just one commentator.
The Washington Independent has a great piece on the trivial and stupid theory that Obama's grandparents lied about the birth certificate to avoid a custody battle.
Birthers are also people who have read and believed The Weekly World News. So, of course, they believed: (from wikipedia):
Now the birthers have an absolute ally in their quest for more insanity in The Weekly World News website:...profiles on the location and nature of Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction, including the news that Saddam Hussein had an arsenal of giant slingshots, the missing link and Dinosaurs.
... a series of articles profiling the ongoing relationship, and eventual marriage of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden.
...that Bin Laden is actually a dwarf, that he recruited a cloned Adolf Hitler to join Al Qaeda.
...Since being captured by Batboy, Saddam had been humiliated by female prison guards, won the United States lottery, and even demanded that the government pay for his sex change operation.
July 22, 2009WASHINGTON, DC "" The official copy of Barack Obama's birth certificate was stolen this week by Republicans wishing to halt his health care reform. Earlier this week a group of conservatives stole the Presidents birth certificate, and are now holding it ransom to stall talks on Health Care reform. The group stealing the certificate was led by Florida Representative Bill Posey. He, along with California Congressman John Campbell, led an elite squad of commandoes in a daring heist at the Honolulu hospital where the document, real or forged, was kept.
Someone, please tell that to the birthers. Granted, it might not sink in to some, but at least they've been warned not to waste their time.
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