On the heels of David Frum's comments explaining that the Republican Party has been serving Fox News, rather than the other way around.....come the comments of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).
When a woman in the audience asked Coburn if it was illegal for the government to jail citizens for not complying with the new health care law, Coburn responded by blaming TV news, and Fox News in particular, for that false rumor:
"The intention is not to put anybody in jail," Coburn said. "That makes for good TV news on Fox, but that isn't the intention."
There's some honesty you can believe in.
As far as public policies are concerned, I would be on the other side of most everything Coburn stood for.....but, by gum, credit where credit is due, Coburn spoke the truth about Fox.
And Nancy Pelosi.
The far-right has look sought to demonize Speaker Pelosi. The Speaker has increasingly become the lightning rod for wingnut bitterness and venom. One example of the unhinged nature of targeting Pelosi is the "when will Pelosi apologize to the CIA about saying they lie to Congress all the time", nonsense.
What does Coburn say about Pelosi?
....when his audience started to boo at the mention of Pelosi, Coburn stopped them.
"Come on now... how many of you all have met her? She's a nice person," Coburn said. "Just because somebody disagrees with you, doesn't mean they're not a good person."
Takes your breath away, doesn't it?
But it's on today's conservative media where Senator Coburn really surprises....
"Don't catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody's no good," Coburn added.
"..being biased by Fox news..." I remember when President Obama commented on the work of Fox and Limbaugh and Beck. Conservatives were beside themselves about the president "singling out", "targeting", specific conservative media.
Coburn is saying the same thing Obama said.....and he's as far right of a senator as can be found. Will the right wing media attack Coburn starting today? Will Coburn be forced to apologize for his comments about Fox like so many other Republicans have had to do when they said something negative about the Drugster?
Many Americans have been "biased by Fox news." The "bias" that has been oozing from Roger Ailes-directed "news" at Fox has gotten significantly worse since the election of Barack Obama. Fox, singlehandedly, using the fraudulent wingnut videography work of Little Jimmy O'Keefe, brought down the inner city advocacy group ACORN. That's how far wingnut "bias" can get you these crazy days when you put that bias on a 24/7 loop and bully other media into buying the bullsh*t. The witchhunting of Van Jones by the crazed Glenn Beck is yet another prime example of Fox bias.
Tom Coburn gives out some sound advice.....and this is a guy who wants to incarcerate abortion doctors for life....
"Don't just watch Fox News or CNN, watch them both," Coburn said. He said he read both The Washington Post and The New York Times -- plus The Wall Street Journal -- and urged his audience to do likewise. "Listen to the other side, because what it does, it makes you a better person."
The Reverend "listens to the other side." Tom Coburn says doing so "makes you a better person."
Now, be honest....doesn't everybody want to be a better person?
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