We all know that when the Right-wing media has nothing to attack, they invent something. Limbaugh, for example, accusing the Democratic Party of supporting Jared Loughner. Well fancy that, they didn’t like Obama’s speech either; Media Matters reports that they found all sorts of things to complain about – things they had first to invent. The GOP and the Right-Wing media have also made it clear that they will never approve of anything President Obama does, not for any reason, and will disagree with him 100% of the time, find fault with him 100% of the time, and attack him at every opportunity.
They did not miss this one. Give them credit for being consistent.
Fox Nation: “Disrespectful: Memorial Turns Into Campaign Rally In Tucson.” On January 13, Fox News’ blog Fox Nation linked to a KTBS editorial under the headline “Disrespectful: Memorial Turns Into Campaign Rally in Tucson.” From Fox Nation: [Fox Nation, 01/13/11]
But that was only the opening salvo:
Fox News contributor and blogger Malkin claimed the speech was a “Bizarre Pep Rally” and complained about the t-shirts. She also Complained about the speech’s “Timing” And “The Hooting, The Hollering, The Incredibly Inappropriate Tone.” I’m surprised she didn’t complain about the President’s fashion choices for the event.
In a January 12 post on MichelleMalkin.com, Malkin claimed she was “liveblogging the bizarre pep rally.” Media Matters reports that “Malkin’s updates frequently cited “whoops and hollers” from the crowd and later called the performance of “Simple Gifts” by the choir “a rare moment of solace in the program.” Malkin also complained about the presence of T-shirts and slogans featuring the “Together We Thrive” logo, claiming, “Yes, the Tucson massacre is being branded” (emphasis in original). Malkin continued”:
Attendees at the memorial tonight report that they are being handed out the blue and white t-shirts as they enter the venue.
A reader in attendance tells me via Twitter that volunteers will be wearing red-and-white shirts. He’s going to try and upload a photo.
Will there be giant foam fingers and blue cotton candy, too?
Isn’t the churning of the instant messaging machine a bit, well, unseemly?
Can’t the Democrat political stage managers give it a break just once? [Michelle Malkin, 01/12/11]
She later updated her coverage to say,
As noted above, the University of Arizona announced the Together We Thrive event — and a few readers write in to say that the campus initiated the logo/campaign. Given U of A president Robert Shelton’s embarrassing, thinly-veiled partisan cheerleading for Obama tonight, it may indeed be a 100 percent-campus-initiated campaign. Given the Obama White House’s meticulous attention to stage prop details, however, I would say the odds of involvement by Axelrod/Plouffe & Co. are high. [Michelle Malkin, 01/12/11]
The next day, on the January 13 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Fox News Malkin said the speech was at “the wrong time” and criticized the president for “waiting several days.”
Gosh, can you imagine her outcry if our first black president had put pressure on these families to “speed things up” so he could speak right away?
“[Y]ou do have to question the timing of it, and as so many of my readers and viewers of that supposed memorial event reacted last night, the hooting, the hollering, the incredibly inappropriate tone and setting for something that should have been uniformly a somber occasion.”
I have been at funerals that were more a celebration than a somber mourning, my ex-father-in-law’s for example, was a celebration of his life, a remembrance of the man he was in our lives. Is there a law that says a memorial event has to be one way or another? Maybe the GOP wants to legislate some more morality for us so we all get it right.
Media Matters reports that Malkin’s co-conspirator…I mean, host, Steve Doocy “played video of Rep. Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), who was in attendance at the rally and said, ‘It wasn’t a pep rally.’ Doocy said, ‘At our house … we were expecting something very somber … but it seemed like a political rally or a pep rally at some times.'” Malkin responded:
MALKIN: Yeah. The University of Arizona put on this event and it even had a branding and a slogan of “Together We Strive” —
MALKIN: — and blue T-shirts that were handed out to everyone as souvenirs, and it had a circus-like atmosphere from the very opening, with the opening prayer that seemed to ramble from the Native American speaker, and then all of the hooting and hollering, as I mentioned. And with all due respect to Congressman Wasserman-Schultz, I don’t know what planet she was on because you could see it, you could hear it. [Fox News’ Fox & Friends, 01/13/11]
Here we have a perfect example of FOX News engaging in the most blatant hypocrisy, a blatantly political network, currently engaged in paying several Republican politicians, including some who may become 2012 candidates for office, which has in the past donated money to political candidates, accusing a Democratic president of turning a memorial service into a political event. I know they say that dishonest people assume that everyone else is dishonest and I suspect it’s true, and I think their accusations then say much more about themselves and their own worldview than they do about Democrats or our President. Even if their accusations were true, they’d have no moral high ground to stand on and scant right to complain about it.
But that’s FOX News for you, “fair and balanced” to the end. Their motto should instead be, “inventing the news as we go.”