This evening, Bill O’Reilly discussed the White House attack on FoxNews as a Republican mouthpiece. My friend Ron Radosh has a good blog defending Fox here, although he takes some ridiculous and baseless swipes at Glenn Beck in doing so.
O’Reilly correctly pointed out that this was a stupid strategy from a normal political point of view since it would alienate Fox viewers who were independent and could see the charge was absurd and make up their own minds. Juan Williams, Mary Ham and Bernie Goldberg all agreed. Fair enough. But this is not a normal political strategy. It’s the kind of leftist strategy that is the m.o. of the Obama Administration.
By repeating as often as possible the lie that Fox News is biased, the White House is softening up the public to accept its future attack on Fox as “lacking diversity” and therefore in need of government intervention. The redoutable Glenn Beck has flushed out this strategy whose general is the FCC “diversity commissioner” Mark Lloyd.
I call this tactic — which is the main strategy of the left — the “political equivalent of “nigger.” The term “nigger” as everyone knows was used to dehumanize blacks and exclude them from decent society and therefore from the respect and rights normally accorded to members of decent society. The terms “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobe,” and now “Islamophobe” are all used that way by the left. If Fox is biased, it is socially diseased and has to be cured — which Mark Lloyd will be happy to do.
O’Reilly followed this with a segment on Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the St. Louis Rams and the objection to his ownership because he’s “controversial.” Drew Sharp, a black reporter for the Detroit Free Press, took up the cudgels against Limbaugh, accusing him of making “racially tinged” statements. In other words, racist (which is the equivalent for whites of “nigger”). O’Reilly asked for the evidence, and Sharp came up with two examples, both of them based on nothing, as O’Reilly demonstrated. So Sharp fell back on another term “controversial.” If you’re controversial, the NFL is justified in excluding you. In the hands of the left, “controversial” is another equivalent of “nigger” — not fit for decent society.
As I’ve pointed out many times, the Left is at war, and in a war you have to eliminate the enemy or neutralize him by making him as good as dead. Therefore the Left follows (religiously) Lenin’s precept that the purpose of a political argument “is not to refute the opponent but to wipe him from the face of the earth.”