Saturday, June 13, 2009

The S.S. Traitor

Well, you knew this was coming.

For having the temerity to point out the obvious -- namely that Fox News's audience is made up at least partly of rabid whack-jobs with a tenuous grip on reality -- there's a push from some on the right to get Shepard Smith canned. Last week on the air, you'll remember, Shep read a few of the e-mails he's been getting recently from the Fox Fanatics, castigating him for attempting to shove a stick in the spokes of their paranoid delusions -- the ones in which Barack Obama isn't a U.S. citizen, America is on the way to full-blown socialism, the DHS report on right-wing extremism was a meaningless political hit job, and James Von Brunn is, in fact, a leftist hippie.

From the Washington Monthly:

"Rush Limbaugh complained that Smith is 'whining and moaning.' Atlas Shrugs' Pamela Geller accused Smith of 'scary stupidity' and being a 'pompous elitist,' before arguing, 'Shep sucks. And Shep has always sucked, and it's time to get rid of the deadwood.... He has got to go.' WorldNetDaily responded by talking about an alleged auto incident involving Smith in 2000. An item on said Smith believes 'his own viewership is teeming with would-be presidential assassins. If he truly believes that, why doesn't he quit?'"

You know, when Shep tore into these lunatics last week, my first thought was, "Damn. He's doing this on the same day that a guy completely blinded to reality by his own hatred shot two people. I really hope Fox security is planning to walk him home after the show." It sounds far-fetched, sure. But is anything that far-fetched given the climate we're seeing now. These people are so militant in their psychotic ideology -- so terrified that their way of life is under attack -- that not only will they not listen to reason, they aren't even willing to hear a dissenting opinion from among their own ranks. This is how strictly the battle lines are drawn in the minds of these clowns.

Oh, and for the record -- Shep isn't going anywhere. Fox loves him, even if some viewers are staging an internal revolt. Plus he allows the network to subtly promote itself as being open to all viewpoints. Not that Fox really gives a shit about the illusion of credibility.

(h/t Cesca)


Anonymous said...

"namely that Fox News's audience is made up at least partly of rabid whack-jobs with a tenuous grip on reality:

I find this comforting since at CNN they have the rabid whack-job with a tenuous grip on reality running the place and no one left watching.

Anonymous said...

That guy's face scares the hell outta me. Is it just me or does he resembles Mitzi Del Bra from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?

Lily said...

Shep Smith is going to be Dixie Chicked. Anyone who speaks the truth, or simply gives a contrary opinion, isn't allowed in the Conservative Media World.

It was refreshing to hear someone speak frankly and have a grip on reality on that network. Not many do.

Mike Barber said...

People like Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and Beck (and just about the rest of Fox "News") remind me more and more of Radio Rwanda. How long do you think it will be before they start using the word "cockroaches" to describe the left and their liberal/centrist sympathisers?

If you, my American friends, ever hear Rush Limbaugh utter the words "cut the tall trees" on his show, grab your children and fucking RUN!!!... run for you lives!

I'm only half kidding.

Marsupialus said...

And why is it again that BHO and the Dems think that the Fairness Doctrine is not a good idea?

Peach said...

Mr. Barber, you just caused my heart to drop into my stomach.

I don't think many Americans have a real solid grasp of how quickly a place can tumble into civil war. Mostly because--well you havent had to deal with it quite a long time.

And maybe America is stronger then that. I hope so.

But I have vivid memories.

I remember leaning out of my second story window with my sisters. We watched the streets below us as the two sides turned into a mess of blood and bottles and knives and chaos.
It was terrifying.

I wish that some of these Americans could actually SEE what real civil war looks like. What dead bodies covered in flies actually smell like. I wish they knew. Because I think if they did they'd take a step back and realize that no ideology is worth that.

A Reason-Based Initiative said...

Fantastic post. Shep Smith encourages me even in my more cynical moods to consider the possibility that there is hope at Faux Noise after all.