…is in his latest post. It starts this way:
One could spend all day trying to debunk just the conspiracy theories promoted on Fox News, and typically it’s not worth the trouble. Most people aren’t crazy enough to buy into the theories (and are too apathetic to pursue them, anyway). But one of the latest goofy theories on Fox News and elsewhere is apparently being promoted by an organization more powerful with legislators than Fox News — the National Rifle Association.
For evidence of the “conspiracies”, he links to one of his own posts that has links to another blog with maybe three readers and then immediately generalizes that blog to represent the entire right side of the political sphere. The damning Fox News evidence? A link to Media Matters for America. Maybe the good Ph.D. just didn’t have “all day” to debunk.
“Simply put,” Frisch wrote, “the progressive movement is in need of an enemy. George W. Bush is gone. We really don’t have John McCain to kick around any more. Filling the lack of leadership on the right, Fox News has emerged as the central enemy and antagonist of the Obama administration, our Congressional majorities and the progressive movement as a whole.”
“We must take Fox News head-on in a well funded, presidential-style campaign to discredit and embarrass the network, making it illegitimate in the eyes of news consumers.”
Sounds like a legitimate, objective information outlet to me – how about you? No agenda present in that statement, is there?
Perhaps our new Ph.D. friend should follow some of his own advice:
Today offers more evidence of why media literacy is so important in this country–and, sadly, why many people who rely on one-sided blogs for information are so politically ignorant.
Translation: if you aren’t a “progressive”, you simply must be stupid.
Yes, James, and the ignorance starts with getting information from a site like Media Matters, an entity who was created for one purpose and one purpose only – to destroy Fox News and in doing so, silence any opposing view of “progressivism”.
By the way, just how is all that misleading “reporting”, parsing and selective editing working out? Not too well, is it?
Fox News hosts mark the 10th straight year that the channel has been number one in cable news ratings. Last year, Fox News averaged 1.86 million viewers in prime time, more than doubling MSNBC’s 775,000 average and CNN’s 689,000 average.
How about the evil scaremongers at the NRA? Well, Doc, hate to break it to you but that notorious right wing news outlet, CBS, has just uncovered documents that indicate that the Obama administration was doing exactly what the NRA claimed:
Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.
On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:
“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.”
On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as “(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue.” And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: “Bill–well done yesterday… (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case.”
This revelation angers gun rights advocates. Larry Keane, a spokesman for National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, calls the discussion of Fast and Furious to argue for Demand Letter 3 “disappointing and ironic.” Keane says it’s “deeply troubling” if sales made by gun dealers “voluntarily cooperating with ATF’s flawed ‘Operation Fast & Furious’ were going to be used by some individuals within ATF to justify imposing a multiple sales reporting requirement for rifles.”
It is probably not a big surprise that Mr. Doctor McPherson, Ph.D., Author and Political Raconteur thinks that Darrell Issa’s investigation is just silly:
The claim comes from the current controversy over the truly stupid “Fast and Furious” program, which this week prompted House Republicans to recommend holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress (which means something different here than the “contempt of Congress” that most of us have). For its part, the Obama administration is maintaining that it has executive privilege to withhold some documents that House Republicans want. And frankly, I don’t care much about that — George W. Bush and Bill Clinton each successfully asserted executive privilege repeatedly (this is Obama’s first time), and this politically motivated attempt likely will go nowhere, and likely will hurt Republicans more than it hurts Obama.
Seems that slain border patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family doesn’t think so:
“Eric Holder has been before Congress so many times. And [from] the first couple times you can tell there’s something being hid, and there’s something not being said. After a while you feel like throwing the TV through the front window because you get tired of hearing the constant lies,” said Josephine Terry.
Brian Terry’s December 2010 death – linked to firearms traced to the ATF’s Fast and Furious program – was the incident that brought the operation into public scrutiny.
The family of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent killed in Mexico has filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the U.S. government.
Jaime Zapata was killed last year in a roadside attack. His family says officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) knew that the men who bought the guns used in Zapata’s murder were buying weapons bound for Mexico, but did nothing to stop them.
Andy McCarthy at NRO’s The Corner, has more reasons that this isn’t just political fishing excursion, aside from the facts that two deaths of federal officers are a direct result of an Obama administration policy (not a Bush policy):
To the contrary, Fast & Furious involved uncontrolled deliveries — of thousands of weapons. It was an utterly heedless program in which the feds allowed these guns to be sold to straw purchasers — often leaning on reluctant gun dealers to make the sales. The straw purchasers were not followed by close physical surveillance; they were freely permitted to bulk transfer the guns to, among others, Mexican drug gangs and other violent criminals — with no agents on hand to swoop in, make arrests, and grab the firearms. The inevitable result of this was that the guns have been used (and will continue to be used) in many crimes, including the murder of Brian Terry, a U.S. border patrol agent.In sum, the Fast & Furious idea of “trace” is that, after violent crimes occur in Mexico, we can trace any guns the Mexican police are lucky enough to seize back to the sales to U.S. straw purchasers … who should never have been allowed to transfer them (or even buy them) in the first place. That is not law enforcement; that is abetting a criminal rampage.
As Sen. Cornyn pointed out, there is another major distinction between Wide Receiver and Fast & Furious. The former was actually a coordinated effort between American and Mexican authorities. Law enforcement agents in both countries kept each other apprised about suspected transactions and tried to work together to apprehend law-breakers. To the contrary, Fast & Furious was a unilateral, half-baked scheme cooked up by an agency of the Obama Justice Department — an agency that was coordinating with the Justice Department on the operation and that turned to Main Justice in order to get wiretapping authority.
By the time Cornyn was done drawing this stark contrast between Wide Receiver and Fast & Furious, Holder was reduced to conceding, “I’m not trying to equate the two.” That is big of him given that the two cannot be equated. But the attorney general seemed fine with the effort to equate them — to make them one and the same — when it was Schumer asking the questions. Expect the effort to continue. “Bush did it” may be a tired defense, and in this instance a preposterous one, but it’s the one the Democratic base loves to hear.
Dr. James McPherson, PH.D. is just another tiring and tendentious “progressive” living in a world where Fox News and conservatives are the only problems…in other words, just another see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, run of the mill Obama sycophant.
I’m about a post or two away from being called a racist.