Fox surely made a mistake having Tommy Chong on their channel on Out Numbered. Fox should have known that Chong is a pot smoker and leans left a bit, but has the common sense to reject their right-wing crap.
Host Sandra Smith argued on the Wednesday, November 19 edition of Outnumbered that the videos of Jonathan Gruber attacking lawmakers for relying on the “stupidity” of voters to pass healthcare reforms were relevant because “they’re not 6- and 8-years-old to the American people.”
Chong, however, had another observation. He told Smith that “but to me, it’s just another attack on Obamacare from another angle,” and that it “sounds like Benghazi all over again.”
Co-host Andrea Tantaros disagreed. She claimed that it was an “attack on the American people for how — quote — stupid — we are.”
When reminded of attacks on the American people, Chong asked the hosts if he remembered “a guy named, what, Mitt Romney said something about 47 percent?”
Tantaros, however, wasn’t going to be dissuaded with logical points and sound comparisons that made her side look bad; she demanded that Chong “stay on topic” and asked “Is it okay to lie and get away with it?”
The unmitigated gall in that statement blows me away; it would’ve stunned me speechless, but Chong replied that “it’s called politics.”
Smith wondered aloud whether it “deserves to be asked” why he thought “Jonathan Gruber said that this administration preyed on the stupidity of the America people to pass this health care law?”
Chong answered her question:
I think you have to define what stupidity means. If you are opposing universal health care based on rumors and lies then that is a stupid way to be.
Fox started their War on Christmas very early this year in October because they couldn’t wait and it’s their tradition. So now Robot Chicken joins the party by not attacking Christmas, but the idea of their being too many holidays. The Adult Swim animated fowl’s entry into the battle was announced in a press release that reads…
“The Nerd unleashes holiday havoc in this sneak peek of the Robot Chicken Lots of Holidays But Don’t Worry Christmas is Still in There Too So Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special.”
Fox will have their fun criticizing this as this is an attack on them.
In an effort to push Fox News’ favorite narrative that Christmas is under attack, the network turned to former television star Chuck Norris and former President Ronald Reagan as ammunition for its latest attempt to attack President Obama by casting doubt on his dedication to Christian values and wrongly suggesting he has not spoken publicly about the religious foundations of the Christmas holiday season.
On the November 19 edition of Fox & Friends, hosts read excerpts from a “fiery” online op-ed penned by Chuck Norris, the former star of CBS’ Walker: Texas Ranger, echoing Norris’ outrage that President Obama has not made public comments on the subject of a Maryland school district’s decision to end reference to Christian and Jewish holidays on the schools’ vacation calendars rather than include additional vacation days for the observation of Muslim holidays.
“We haven’t even hit Thanksgiving, and already the war on Christmas is underway,” wrote Norris. Claiming that President Obama has deviated from “the America our Founding Fathers created,” his column expressed nostalgia for a time when Republican President Ronald Reagan spoke freely about Christian values during a Christmas speech in 1981:
Let us never forget that there was once a time in the U.S. when people and even presidents weren’t afraid to stand for traditional values and encourage others to do the same.
Case in point, President Ronald Reagan, in his 1981 Christmas address, televised and on the radio from the Oval Office for the entire nation and world to hear, said: “At this special time of year, we all renew our sense of wonder in recalling the story of the first Christmas in Bethlehem, nearly 2,000 years ago. Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great and good philosopher and teacher. Others of us believe in the divinity of the child born in Bethlehem, that he was and is the promised Prince of Peace. … Like the shepherds and wise men of that first Christmas, we Americans have always tried to follow a higher light, a star, if you will. At lonely campfire vigils along the frontier, in the darkest days of the Great Depression, through war and peace, the twin beacons of faith and freedom have brightened the American sky. At times, our footsteps may have faltered, but trusting in God’s help, we’ve never lost our way. … So let this holiday season be for us a time of rededication. … Tonight, in millions of American homes, the glow of the Christmas tree is a reflection of the love (of) Jesus. … Christmas means so much because of one special child.”
The hosts of Fox & Friends parroted Norris’ column saying “Chuck Norris’ point was, remember the time when American presidents weren’t afraid to talk about traditional values, as Ronald Reagan did back in 1981,” and used the opportunity to highlight a clip of Reagan’s speech.
But Norris and Fox’s nostalgia omitted the current president’s frequent expressions of his Christian faith. Earlier in 2014, President Obama’s Easter address contained the following comments about the suffering of Jesus Christ:
OBAMA: For me, and for countless other Christians, Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. We remember the grace of an awesome God, who loves us so deeply that He gave us his only Son, so that we might live through Him. We recall all that Jesus endured for us – the scorn of the crowds, the agony of the cross – all so that we might be forgiven our sins and granted everlasting life. And we recommit ourselves to following His example, to love and serve one another, particularly “the least of these” among us, just as He loves every one of us.
Just last year, in a Christmas address to the nation, Obama encouraged people to give to others, saying, “So many people all across the country are helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors. For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us – to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper.”
And in 2011, CNN described Obama’s remarks at the White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony as “very Christian.”
Fox News is no stranger to doubting the president’s commitment to Christian values — the network has even pushed the ‘Obama is a secret Muslim’ myth – and this attack is just the latest in the network’s phony ‘War on Christmas’ narrative.
Credit: Media Matters