Different Messengers, Same Story

A “conservative” speaks out about the controversial shooting of “gangsta hoodlum” Trayvon Martin.

While it’s easy to dismiss the commenter given that he’s a 400 lb. redneck with a drawling southern accent, wearing denim overalls and a coonskin cap, the fact of the matter is that his opinions and convoluted rationalizations concerning the murder of Trayvon Martin are essentially identical to those now being peddled by the well-heeled millionaire pundits on Fox News and so-called “conservatives” across the spectrum of right-wing media.

Update: Video has just now surfaced showing George Zimmerman – the paranoid wannabe cop who claimed he was beaten to within an inch of his life – emerging in handcuffs from a police cruiser shortly after the incident, but without assistance, completely unscathed from his allegedly life-threatening altercation. No bloody contusions, no broken nose, no signs of his head having been repeatedly slammed into the ground, no blood spatter, no tell-tale grass stains on the back of his shirt; in short, nothing whatsoever that would corroborate his ludicrous version of events on the night he chased down and shot a black kid for the crime of wearing a hoodie and, as Zimmerman put it in his call to 911, “just walking around, looking about.”

I wonder how the virulently racist wingnuts will spin this next?

The Duality of Fox News on Gas Prices

THEN: Back in 2008, Fox News pundits and contributors were eager to deflect criticism of the Bush administration, pointing out the myriad of global market factors contributing to the steep rise in gas prices at the time. Conservative columnist Cal Thomas quite rightly stated that, “no president has the power to increase or to lower gas prices.”

Various commenters observed that increased exploitation of domestic resources (e.g., drilling in Alaska’s Anwar Reserve) would be “literally a drop in the bucket” with no effect on prices (so much for the “Drill baby, drill” strategy). Heck, back then, Bill O’Reilly even suggested that rather than just complaining about the high price of gas, his viewers should “cut back, sell those SUVs, ride a bike when you can!” I know… it’s hard to believe he actually said that. Thank goodness for video!

NOW: President Obama’s “anti-American energy policy” is directly responsible for rising gas prices!!!

Unfortunately, the pesky FACTS of the matter completely contradict the assertions of Fox so-called News. In truth, domestic production is up significantly and dependence on foreign oil is down from the Bush era.