In a feat of mental malfunction on an Olympian scale, the Fox Nationalists posted an item that placed the radical hate group, Westboro Baptist Church, on the political left. The item included a photo with the following caption:
“Bikers Turn Out to Protect Newtown Mourners from Left-Wing Westboro Cult.”
The only people deranged enough to believe that are the readers of Fox Nation. Everybody else knows that Westboro is as right-wing as you can get. They are most famous for crashing the funerals of fallen soldiers and brandishing signs that say “God Hates Fags.” No one could reasonably argue that Westboro’s homophobic intolerance, or their extremist Christianity, is consistent with liberal views. However, those are the basic tenets of conservatives and were written into the Republican Party platform.
Fox Nation sourced the item to an article on the Gateway Pundit blog by Jim Hoft. Hoft sourced his piece to the Cochrane Times of Alberta, Canada. The Cochrane Times wrote that…
“Bikers seem to have thwarted attempts by the Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funeral of Newtown, Conn., shooting victim Principal Dawn Hochsprung.
“The vocal right-wing Christian group, whose website is godhatesfags.com, produced a video called ‘God Sent the Shooter,’ and has blamed the massacre on gay marriage.”
Hoft took it upon himself to edit the original story by striking out the phrase “right-wing Christian,” and adding “left-Wing Westboro Cult” to his headline. Then the Fox Nationalists parroted the revised content for their own story.
Clearly there is nothing on Fox that can be taken seriously. This convoluted path to a blatantly false conclusion is typical of Fox Nation’s utter disrespect for journalistic ethics or the truth. And it is further evidence that Fox News does not deserve to be regarded as a legitimate news enterprise.