Fox News has been ginning up hysteria over hip hop artist Common's appearance at a White House poetry event. The same Fox News smearing Common with claims that he "praise[d]" a "cop killer" has regularly hosted G. Gordon Liddy and employs Dick Morris and Ralph Peters, all of whom have seemingly expressed support for killing law enforcement officials or soldiers.
Today on his blog, Fox's John Stossel considered whether veterans were freeloading on the government.
Stossel quoted from an email sent by a viewer of his recent "Freeloaders" segment who asked if Stossel and libertarians in general would consider him a "freeloader" for receiving government compensation due to his rating as a 100 percent disabled veteran.
Here is Stossel's reaction:
[I]f you are 100% disabled, I do not consider you a freeloader, I consider you: compensated.
Of course, the VA is another clumsy government bureaucracy, and I have little faith they make good judgments when deciding who needs help, and who freeloads.
Stossel did not make clear when veterans relying on the VA stop being compensated and start freeloading.
Today, Glenn Beck interviewed Pastor John Hagee and announced he would be delivering a keynote address at Hagee's upcoming event -- despite having, earlier in the day, inadvertently ridiculed a famous statement Pastor John Hagee had made several years ago.
The intended target of Beck's mockery was Father Beck (no relation, Beck says), who appeared on The O'Reilly Factor to offer his religious perspective on the death of Osama bin Laden. Beck took issue with Father Beck's refusal to call bin Laden "evil." After some extended mockery from Beck and his co-host Stu Burgiere, Beck argued that not judging evil people as evil allows evil to "just exist," and illustrated his point by mocking the self-evidently ridiculous notion that someone as evil as Hitler could be doing God's work.
So what does this have to do with John Hagee?
Well, it just so happens that John Hagee once declared that Hitler was doing God's work. Sam Stein of the Huffington Post reported in May 2008:
John Hagee, the controversial evangelical leader and endorser of Sen. John McCain, argued in a late 1990s sermon that the Nazis had operated on God's behalf to chase the Jews from Europe and shepherd them to Palestine. According to the Reverend, Adolph Hitler was a "hunter," sent by God, who was tasked with expediting God's will of having the Jews re-establish a state of Israel.
Going in and out of biblical verse, Hagee preached: " 'And they the hunters should hunt them,' that will be the Jews. 'From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.' If that doesn't describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can't see that."
He goes on: "Theodore Hertzel is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So he went to the Jews of Europe and said 'I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.' So few went that Hertzel went into depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the holocaust.
"Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says -- Jeremiah writing -- 'They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,' meaning there's no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel." [italics in original]
Glenn Beck interviewed Hagee during today's radio program. Apparently unaware of Hagee's claim that Hitler was doing the work of God, Beck did not mention it during the interview. But he did mention that he was delivering a keynote address at Hagee's 2011 DC-Israel Summit in July.
Will Beck really deliver a keynote speech for an event hosted by a man who said that Hitler was doing God's work when he murdered millions of Jews? Or will he continue his recent pattern of glaring hypocrisy?
Conservative media figures have criticized President Obama's upcoming visit to Ground Zero after the killing of Osama bin Laden as a "political victory lap." Glenn Beck called the planned trip "disgusting," "obscene," and "grotesque."
Fox hosts have claimed that President Obama need only produce his birth certificate to "put ... to bed" the endless right-wing speculation about his place of birth. Now that Obama distributed copies of his birth certificate to reporters and posted it on the White House website, will Fox, in the words of its host Sean Hannity, "move on"?
While demonizing George Soros, Glenn Beck has recently complained that hedge funds are unregulated. However, Beck previously demagogued efforts to regulate hedge funds, claiming it was part of an effort to "expand the reach" of government.
Sean Hannity devoted an episode of his Fox News show to an hour-long special on what he claimed was the media's "liberal bias." However, several of the quotes he used as examples of this purported bias were deceptively cropped to leave out crucial context.
Bill O'Reilly distorted Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposal to lower income tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, claiming that Ryan "stated he simply wants to keep the tax rate where it is." In fact, Ryan has proposed cutting the tax rate on upper income levels from 35 percent to 25 percent.
Monday on Hannity, Ann Coulter blamed the continued focus on the conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate on the "liberal media," claiming that "you don't see that on Fox News." Coulter also stated that "every responsible conservative organization" that examined the issue "has shot it down."
On his March 25 Fox News show, Hannity said:
HANNITY: What are we to make of what he's -- the question he's raising? You know, John McCain had questions about whether he was born in America. Dick Cheney had to prove his residency in Wyoming. If we want to take it back further, other presidents have been questioned about their residency. What's wrong with asking about, "OK, can you just show us the birth certificate?" I was born in the same year as the president --
HANNITY: I don't get to make the final decision. But the answer is, do I think he was? Yes. Do I think he's -- do I think this is odd that they won't produce the birth certificate?
DANIELS: Well, I think --
HANNITY: It's beginning to get odd to me
When will Coulter call out the platforms she appears on for promoting what she calls "a conspiracy theory that won't die on the internet?"
Fox News' decision to end Glenn Beck's show comes after a tumultuous two years during which Fox News figures were constantly forced to defend Beck's outrageous comments or distance themselves from the controversial host.