Fox News is putting all judges on notice that if they are ever criticized by Fox News, they can no longer be regarded as impartial.
This is a rather monumental upheaval for the judiciary, because Fox has criticized hundreds of judges. In fact, they have made it a cornerstone of their editorial philosophy that the judiciary (along with the media, academia, and most other social institutions) is hopelessly liberal. Fox’s Bill O’Reilly frequently sends his ambush unit (producer Jesse Watters) out to harass judges when a legal outcome does not meet with his approval, whether or not the judge had anything to do with it. And now Fox is providing cover for their own reporter by alleging some vague conspiracy between a judge and the Department of Justice.
So F**king What?
The first thing that makes this item so supremely asinine is the fact that the judge upon whom Fox is casting aspersions was appointed to the Federal District Court by Ronald Reagan and confirmed by a senate run by a Republican majority.
The source for Fox’s piece also has a less than credible reputation. The story was posted on the web site of the notorious political clown, Herman Cain. It addressed a ruling by Judge Alan Kay that permitted detainees at Guantanamo Bay to meet with their lawyers, something the Bush administration was improperly prohibiting. Author Dan Calabrese wrote that…
“Fox News quoted extensively on the air from Kay’s ruling in the case of Salim Muhood Adem v. George W. Bush. I have not seen the segment, but knowing Fox News – particularly on issues like Gitmo in the post-9/11 years – I think it’s a pretty safe guess that they weren’t quoting Kay’s ruling as a means of praising his decision.”
Seriously? Calabrese is admitting that he has no idea whether or not Fox actually criticized Kay because he hasn’t seen any criticism himself. He is simply assuming that Fox was critical because it would be consistent with their well-known political leanings. Acknowledging Fox’s biases may be the only honest part of Calabrese’s article. However, it does not satisfy any standard of proof that Fox slighted Kay, sparking a grudge that he has allegedly held for seven years so far.
To suggest that an independent jurist who was put on the bench by Reagan has joined a conspiracy with President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to criminally prosecute a Fox News hack is further evidence that Fox’s paranoia gauge has flipped completely off the scale. Their best efforts to topple Obama have collapsed into a pile of rotting rubble, while Obama’s approval ratings have risen in the midst of supposed scandals. That paradox is driving the right wild and causing them to concoct ever more fantastical fables.
So soon after an election that was an epic embarrassment to Republicans, they seem to have learned nothing and are continuing to live in a world of rightist delusion. No one but reality-challenged disciples of Glenn Beck and Alex Jones will believe the outrageously nonsensical tripe that Fox is spewing. And even while some of the more moderate wingers are cautioning their comrades to lay off the crazy juice, Fox continues to pour it on by the gallon. If this is their strategy for political success in 2014 or 2016, all I can say is “Bring it on.”
12 thoughts on “So F**king What? Fox News Suffering From Judge Dread”
I agree that FOX is going about this all wrong. There isn’t a conspiracy around every corner against FOX News (this blog notwithstanding).
The underlying case is bone chilling, though. But Mark prefers to continue to play small ball against FOX News. I say, “So F**king What” to Mark’s article. How about a departure from the usual slap happy criticism of FOX and write something of import — the assault on a free press by the DOJ.
In other words you don’t like what Mark wrote and are ranting about that. Ok we get that, but ….so F**king What?
I don’t think you get it at all.
Since there are only two comments about this article and Fox News is #1 in for news ratings in every time slot–usually twice the viewers as all other stations (CNN, MSNBC etc)combined the childish remark “So F**king What” more accurately describes this article than Fox News.
Randy, you are making up your own truth, Just like FAUX Noise, maybe you should do something more productive, like rearranging the tires on the roof of your trailer house.
It seems that on the right,everything has become politicized. This couldn’t be a case of a judge doing his job according to existing law, it has to be a judge paying Fox News back for some past “slight.” What many republicans don’t have is historical perspective/knowledge. Conservative judges appointed in the past may not share the views of many of today’s republicans and may still believe in making decisions which are based on law, real law, not ideology.
Majii, I think you’re giving undue credit to the right for politicizing everything. If you look closely, your buddies on the left do a pretty good job, too.
John, I would agree to an extent, but the GOP is really over the top.
Poison, I think it’s a matter of perspective. For every crazy Republican, I can give you a similarly crazy Democrat.
John, I would beg to differ, but I will admit we have our fair share. Have a great Memorial day weekend, be safe.
John, I would beg to differ, But at any rate, I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Memorial day weekend.
Enjoy yours as well.
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