Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Fear-Obama Machine Marches On

Despite a massive public approval of President Obama - from before election day and into tomorrow as well - the right-wing 'fear-of-everything-Obama' marches on, as noted in two recent articles.

One from the CJP says:

In the weeks following the election, the debate over the issue of media bias, and of whether the press was overly kind to Barack Obama, has continued to swirl. Much less attention has been paid to another, more troubling aspect of the coverage, and that’s the relentless and malevolent campaign that the right-wing media waged against the Democratic candidate. Few people who did not regularly tune in to the vast, churning combine of bellowing radio hosts, yapping bloggers, obnoxious Web sites, malicious columnists, and the slashingly partisan Fox News have any idea of just how vile and venomous were the attacks leveled at Obama. Day after day, week after week, these outlets worked determinedly to discredit and degrade Obama, accusing him of being a Muslim, a Marxist, a radical, a revolutionary, a socialist, a communist, a thug, a mobster, a racist, an agent of voter fraud, a black-power advocate, a madrasah graduate, an anti-Semite, an enemy of Israel, an associate of terrorists—even the Antichrist. Supplemented by a flood of viral e-mails, slanderous robocalls, and Internet-based smear campaigns, these media outlets worked to stoke firestorms of manufactured rage against Obama and the Democrats in what was perhaps the most concerted campaign of vilification ever directed at an American politician.


"In the end, no institution devoted more energy to assailing Barack Obama than Fox News. Any pretense that the network is anything other than an arm of the most rigid reaches of the Republican Party was dispelled by its relentless campaign against the Democrats. ... Appearing regularly on the network were a series of professional Democrat detractors, including architect-of-the-most-unpopular-presidency-in-American-history Karl Rove, onetime-Bill-Clinton-adviser-disgraced-after-having-been-found-consorting-with-a-prostitute Dick Morris, and the always-welcome-on-Fox-no-matter-how-foul-her-views Ann Coulter. “I feel,” she said on one show, “like we are talking to the Germans after Hitler comes to power, saying, ‘Oh, well, I didn’t know. I had no idea he was going to be like this.’ ”

Limbaugh and others of his kind know they are in an ever-decreasing spiral of defeat, yet their voices still make headlines and hurl horror stories about imagined armageddons. Like the recent FOX News bombast about the closing of Gitmo:

Despite Fox’s suggestion that detainees could be pitching a tent in your backyard, Guantanamo detainees transferred to the U.S. for trials would be housed in federal prisons — where dozens of dangerous terrorists are already held. In fact, the United States has already successfully prosecuted 145 terrorism cases in federal court, a sharp contrast to the series of debacles in Guantanamo prosecutions.

Later in the segment, the Fox hosts repeated some of the right wing’s favorite myths about Guantanamo. They endorsed the “great idea” conservatives have been pushing of sending detainees to Alcatraz or a “haunted” prison in West Virginia:

CLAYTON MORRIS: We’ve got Alcatraz that exists. We give tours out there. Put them out on an island on Alcatraz, which is under our jurisdiction. What about Moundsville State Penitentiary? Someone from West Virginia wrote me and said it’s a haunted prison. It’s vacant.

In other words, Fox News and the right wing would prefer to send Guantanamo detainees to theme parks rather than to maximum-security federal prisons."

So far, the majority of Americans have rejected all these hysterical claims. But as they continue to lose influence, Conservative hysteria continues to rise. Their worst nightmare would be an America which thrives and achieves much during the next four years. They hope not only that Obama fails - they want you to fail too.


  1. With the mounting job casualties, here's hoping SCOTUS either finds someone, somewhere, has standing to require BHO's birth certificate or fixes attention on a criminal indictment before he wins his War on Prosperity.

  2. I am not exzactly in the far right camp,but I do consider myself a conservative on a lot of issues.I think putting these people in max or supermax jails to be a good idea.I have read that the ones turned loose have gone back to their old habits.

  3. Anonymous6:36 AM

    Recidivism rates of all prisoners held by this country are all too high, probably well over fifty percent. The fact that they probably will go right back to previous behavior does not override the idea that one is innocent until proven guilty. I believe that their recent exposure to western civilization has not made them sympathetic toward our views but in many cases make them more committed to the idea that we are evil. Even though they are a risk they must be set free unless there is evidence that can stand up in court that they have committed a crime. The risks they pose for society are outweighed by the risk society takes by letting the government lock up people for unknown reasons.

  4. I do hope you saw Jon Stewart's piece on this. It was priceless.

    "I'll take my chances on the system that contains the brain-eater guy."

    Since when did Republicans become such a bunch of scaredy-pants, anyway?

  5. thanks for the link, SB, and yes i did see that -- and he's right.

    when did Republicans become all scared? that's the only note i've heard them hit since the days of Reagan. it stuns me Reagan is lionized for saying "government is the problem" and calling for less government rather than actually working to correct the problem by creating an efficient federal system.