Monday, August 25, 2008

FOX News: angemessen und ausgeglichen

"Fair and balanced" FOX News is already infamous for its ceaseless race-baiting, homophobia and even occasional forays into anti-Semitism. The links between this "news" outfit and neo-Nazi fringe politics, however, is less well-known.

The connection is hardly surprising, however, given what else the network has been up to recently.

Lesser lights at FOX have called for the assassination of Barack Obama, referred to a friendly "dap" between the Obamas as a "terrorist fist jab," altered a Jewish reporter's photograph to caricature him in a manner reminiscent of Der Stuermer, used the racist slur "baby mama" to describe Michelle Obama, and permitted this kind of filth to be published on its "moderated" site.

Then there are the top dogs, like Bill O'Reilly: a sexual harasser and unabashed bigot who uses terms like "wetbacks" and throws other racial slurs around like confetti. Thank God he'll be dead, he said, before whites are no longer a majority in the US. O'Reilly was simply astounded to discover that Blacks know how to behave themselves in restaurants. And, in what is now standard conservative eliminationist rhetoric, he talked of a "lynching party" for Michelle Obama.

And Sean Hannity: notable for his vicious attack on a seven-year old girl; cosying up to Ann Coulter after her description of John Edwards as a "faggot;" and, more recently, the free ride he has given to the anti-Semitic
(1), racist(2) and eliminationist(3) Jerome Corsi, an old FOX favourite.

Then there's Hannity's Hal Turner connection.

Hal Turner is a neo-Nazi and a longtime friend of Sean Hannity. Turner, in fact, was a regular on Hannity's show, until he was finally cut off, no doubt as a career liability. "In my opinion," says Turner,

based on my first hand experience, I believe Sean Hannity is, in fact, a Hal Turner sort of guy. It seems to me that a big difference between Sean and me is that I am willing to say publicly what I think about savage Black criminals, diseased, uneducated illegal aliens and the grotesque cultural destruction wrought by satanic jews while Sean and many others keep quiet to protect their paychecks.

Given Hannity's other antics, I see no reason to disbelieve Turner's account.

But FOX has also made more direct connections with the neo-Nazi movement. In 2005, a FOX affiliate ran a puff-piece for the neo-Nazi website
Stormfront, currently run by white supremacist Don Black. It appears, in fact, that some FOX staffers were actually members of the hate site. This received some attention at the time, but not as much as one might expect--nothing in the regular media that I've been able to track down.

Was this a bizarre aberration? Nope. Just this month, FOX News aired an interview with Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm on the human rights commission non-controversy. He was introduced as a "free speech activist," which is a bit like introducing Adolf Hitler as a "vegetarian." And so t
he ideological seepage continues, drop by drop. The trickle is becoming a flood. Even ten years ago, who could have imagined that this sort of thing would go mainstream?

The prescient Bertold Brecht, referring to Hitler, warned:

"Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again."

You bet. And, unlike the other one in the song, this revolution will be televised.
1"After he married TerRAHsa, didn't John Kerry begin practicing Judaism? He also has paternal gradparents that were Jewish. What religion is John Kerry?"
"RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters -- it all goes together"
3"Too bad the plane didn't crash into the TV set of the NBC show "THE LEFT WING" -- especially when Martin Sheen was 'acting.'"

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