“This morning, Fox and Friends hosted a segment on the retirements of Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND), both of whom will not be running for re-election in 2010. Fox News, however, cast the retirements as defections.
Dodd and Dorgan are not “defecting” from the Democratic Party. They are retiring. Rep. Parker Griffith (AL) recently announced that he was switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, but no one else has joined him.”
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This is even funnier than usual, because in late November Fox News pretended they were going to stop lying about everything all the time, which everybody believed was just another lie. But no! They issued a very earnest memo lo those few weeks ago:
“To share a key quote from today’s meeting: “It is more important to get it right, than it is to get it on.” We may then build up again slowly as deadlines and workloads allow so that we can be sure we can quality check everything before it makes air, and we never having to explain, retract, qualify or apologize again.”
This joke memo was great fun for everyone in the media, because all it meant was that Fox News will get themselves out of any future pickles by not apologizing ever again.
Some will undoubtedly say this is clearly another attempt by Fox News to decieve their viewers — but not me. What happened, IMO, is that to this day, nobody has told the lobotomized cast and crew of Fox and Friends that they’re actually making a TV show. As far as they know, the cameras were donated by a rich patron who wanted to give some very simple people a way to fill their day with make-believe. It’s a sweet story about the power of the imagination, and I choose to belive it.
That said, now that the network has “broken the seal,” expect to see chyrons asking the important question, “Did Barack Obama kill Ronald Reagan with an underwear tax-bomb?”