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.

Look! A Shiny Rock!

Hey, just for fun, let’s see what the Washington Post is up to today…

Okay, that was kind of a cheap shot because truth be told this video wherein celebrity Tweets are dramatically re-enacted is actually quite hilarious. But I wonder if Howie Kurtz will be ironically sneering at it on CNN next weekend.

Damned Elitists!

“They [the Obamas] are smug, arrogant elitists.” — Rush Limbaugh

Um, yeah… Check out Rush’s digs:

El Rushbo's House

And savour this excerpt from a lengthy profile that appeared in the New York Times a few months ago:

“ANTICIPATING A QUESTION,” Limbaugh said when we pulled into the garage of his secluded beachfront mansion in Palm Beach, “why do I have so many cars?”

I hadn’t actually been wondering that. Very rich people tend not to stint on transportation. For example, we drove to the house from the studio, Limbaugh at the wheel, in a black Maybach 57S, which runs around $450,000 fully loaded. He had half a dozen similar rides on his estate.

“I have these cars for two reasons,” Limbaugh said. “First, they are for the use of my guests. And two, I happen to love fine automobiles.”
He also loves space. There are five homes — all of them his — on the property. The big house is 24,000 square feet. Limbaugh lives there with a cat. He’s been married three times but has no children.

Limbaugh informed me that I was the first journalist ever to enter his home. Mary Matalin, the Republican consultant, calls the place “aspirational,” which is one adjective that fits. The place, largely designed by Limbaugh himself, reflects the things and places he has seen and admired. The massive chandelier in the dining room, for example, is a replica of the one that hung in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel in New York. The gleaming cherry-wood floors are dotted with hand-woven oriental carpets. A life-size oil portrait of El Rushbo, as he often calls himself on the air, hangs on the wall of the main staircase.

Unlike many right-wing talk-show hosts, Limbaugh does not view France with hostility. On the contrary, he is a Francophile. His salon, he told me, is meant to suggest Versailles. His main guest suite, which I did not personally inspect, was designed as an exact replica of the presidential suite of the George V Hotel in Paris.

Limbaugh is especially proud of his two-story library, which is a scaled-down version of the library at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Cherubs dance on the ceiling, leatherbound collections line the bookshelves and the wood-paneled walls were once “an acre of mahogany.”

A fastidious man, Limbaugh has a keen eye for domestic detail. His staff lights fragrant candles throughout the house to greet his arrival from work each day. Limbaugh led me into his private humidor, selected two La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel stogies for us to smoke and seated me at an onyx-and-marble table in the study. The room opens onto a patio, a putting green and a beach. On the table was a brochure for Limbaugh’s newest airplane, a Gulfstream G550. It cost him, he told me, $54 million.

Really, what can you say about a man like this derisively calling others “elitist”?

Four Minutes of “Hate”

Choice excerpts from right-wing talk radio over the past two days… Be amazed!

I wish Media Matters wouldn’t use the word “hate” to describe this nonsense. Maybe “Vile Flatulence” would be more appropriate.

One comment in particular I enjoyed was the exchange between Rush Limbaugh and a caller complaining that he recently broke his wrist and his medical bills were $6,000. Rush’s response was “Well, you shouldn’t have broken your wrist.” There are many other such compassionate gems included here.

Better Know a Smear Merchant II

Today’s far-left “smear merchant”… Eric Burns, the president of Media Matters. Funnily enough, Burns used to be the host of Fox News Watch a current affairs program focused on the media (much like CNN’s Reliable Sources).

For the Fox News take on Media Matters, here’s John Gibson (“Gibby” to his friends) trotting out the party line from back in 2007:

George Soros is after Bill O’Reilly, and he’s enlisted the help of CNN and NBC.

This is the fabricated flap over some benign remarks Bill made on his radio show. But it has been turned on its ear by George Soros’ Media Matters, a Web site that was funded by Soros and is dedicated to discrediting conservatives and folks like Bill who don’t toe the Soros line. They do this by the purposeful misinterpretation of one’s words.

It isn’t just Bill. Media Matters has done it to me, too.

NBC News has been using Media Matters as a script service for some time now, with certain anchors over there just lifting misinterpretations wholesale from the Web site and sending the Media Matters words directly to the teleprompter.

Ah yes, “purposeful misinterpretation of one’s words” — as in reprinting them verbatim.

The Scum Also Rises

For some mysterious reason, the New York Times devoted some of its valuable front page space yesterday to profiling the latest “bestselling” book by Jerome Corsi, the nasty Smear Boat Vet and World Nut Daily crackpot who co-authored the despicable Unfit to Command in 2004.

The new hatchet job, err, “piece of scholarship” (to quote its publisher) is called The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, apparently contends that the presumptive Democratic nominee is some kind of a stealth Islamofascist, amongst other things. Not surprisingly, significant parts of the book’s veracity have already been challenged as being “misleading or false.”

Last night, Corsi appeared on Larry King Live along with Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America.

The above is just the first part. The entire segment can be viewed at MMFA’s website, where they also have an extensive de-bunking of the numerous falsehoods and bogus claims Corsi makes.