Friday, September 24, 2010

This Week in Conservative Hyprocrisy

It's shooting fish in a barrel, but Media Matters weekly summary of conservative media hypocrisy is always worth checking out. This week:

This week again proved that consistency isn't prized among the conservative media.

Earlier this week, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh criticized President Obama for supposedly being responsible for huge deficits. However, both recently attempted to defend former President Bush's for not paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars or his tax cuts - two things which, of course, greatly increased yearly deficits.

Fox News personalities have also repeatedly attacked President Obama for purportedly not sending as many troops to Afghanistan as the military requested. The crew of Fox & Friendscalled it "unbelievable" and "wrong" that Obama didn't listen to "the military experts." However, President Bush dismissed Gen. Eric Shinseki's recommendation that "several hundred thousand troops" would be needed in Iraq and Fox virtually ignored the story. When Fox News eventually covered the story, a contributor suggested that critics "shut up and let daddy drive."

Right-wing media like Fox & Friends and conservative blogs also attacked President Obama's reported comments that the United States can "absorb a terrorist attack" and that the country "absorbed [9-11] and we are stronger." Conservatives used the reported remarks to suggest that Obama was "inviting another 9/11" and that he "doesn't care about Americans dying." Yet when conservatives - including President Bush - made similar statements, the right offered not so much as a murmur of complaint.

Finally, on Wednesday, Glenn Beck -- a noted hypocrite -- promoted Eustace Mullins' bookSecrets of the Federal Reserve. Mullins, who died earlier this year, was a 9-11 Truther and was described in his obituary as an "anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist" and a "nationally known white supremacist." Beck, however, heavily criticized former White House green jobs adviser Van Jones for purportedly being a 9-11 Truther.

Stay tuned next week for the same consistent inconsistency

All (completely justifiable) snarking aside, keep in mind that, in the topsy-turvy conservative moral universe, none of this is hypocrisy because anything said or done in the name of conservatism is inherently good and therefore justifiable, whereas anything said or done in opposition to conservatism is inherently un-American. One might say that, to them, lying in an attack on President Obama is no vice; consistency in the pursuit of power is no virtue...

I left my heart to the wild hunt a-comin':

11 comments:

Roy said...

The more they open their mouths, the more they prove themselves idiots. The problem is that they actually have an attentive audience, and that's so sad!

The music is interesting. This guy's totally new to me.

K. said...

Me, too. One of his song's was on the season finale of Hung. He's Swedish, but writes and sings in English.

Foxessa said...

"... anything said or done in the name of conservatism is inherently good and therefore justifiable, whereas anything said or done in opposition to conservatism is inherently un-American. One might say that, to them, lying in an attack on President Obama is no vice; consistency in the pursuit of power is no virtue..."

Why, yes, this is so.

Love, C.

TaraDharma said...

do you suppose that one day they will realize the information age is here, and that their flip flops can be easily documented?

they. are. driving. me. crazy.

BTW, Paul, are you attending the Oct 30 rallies in DC? Seems like your cup of tea! (or coffee)

mommapolitico said...

You are, as always my friend, dead-on. It's the same old same old, nothing new here. Will post the Daily Show clip of the new "Pledge" vs. the old "Contract." Actually the same, word for word, in parts. (Saw it on Annette's blog). Amazing. Amazing that they can continue to get away with the same old bullpuckey over and over. And over. And over. Again.

Great post, my friend. Thanks for the good read!

Darlene said...

Oh yeah, and the Koch Bros. are small businessmen. Technically they are as Keith Olbermann explained. I posted on that bit of hypocrisy today.

tnlib said...

Tara - I don't think they will ever understand that whatever they say can be verified as to its veracity and repeated later. They are doubly stupid because they are honestly convinced that people really do believe them.

TAO said...

I have decided that the reason Fox News gets so many viewers is because it takes less clicks of the remote to get to Fox News than it does to get to Comedy Central.

Also, Comedy Central only has an hour a day devoted to funny news....and come on, Fox News pretty much can fill up a whole night with the most absurd shit you can think of....

injaynesworld said...

What a succinct way of putting it all together. Now I think I'll just go gouge my eyes out. The world is becoming like a very bad acid trip that won't end. I'm beginning to think I may need to be put into an induced coma for a while. ;)

Drop by my place if you get a chance. I'd love your thoughts on Wednesday's post. I may have scared some people away with my intensity.

Ginny said...

I have no idea what conservatism stands for, anymore. But I am enjoying how the Republican Party has lost control of its message. I think your onto something when you say whatever is said in the name of conservatism is okay. Kind of clears up a lot of things for me. If only people didn't vote against their own self-interest.

Malcolm said...

Thank goodness for progressive outlets/pundits like Media Matters, Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, and The Young Turks who do an outstanding job of exposing the blatant hypocrisy by conservatives. Just recently, Cenk Uygur of TYT busted Paul Ryan wide open for his hypocrisy over the use of reconciliation. It's almost gotten to the point where Media Matters could do a summary called "This Hour in Conservative Hypocrisy"!