Thursday, March 3, 2011

Combat duty in Madison, Wisconsin

Apparently, I was way too generous to Mike Tobin yesterday, huh?

As TPM says:
His job for the past several days has been to stand among state workers and their allies protesting governor Scott Walker, and bring home to viewers just how nasty and dangerous these people are. Assisting him are Fox's many anchors whose role is to play up the toughness of his assignment -- not since Sydney Schanberg and Dith Pran chronicled the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge has a reporter put so much on the line to get the truth to the people.

What makes this all somewhat plausible is that the crowd really doesn't like Fox News. It's often hard to hear Tobin over chants of "Fox News Lies!" which makes the story about Tobin and the element in the crowd that wants to interrupt his broadcast. But that's exactly the spectacle Fox wants. The resulting product is like a cable news version of professional wrestling. Lots of brushes with injury and intimidation, narrated breathlessly by broadcasters sitting ringside -- but at the end of the day everybody goes home and sleeps comfortably.

Maybe Fox should send him somewhere safer - like Libya. Heh, heh.

Of course, if Fox "News" was actually a news network, none of this would make any sense. After all, what do protesters want more than publicity? The whole point of protesting is to get publicity.

But Fox is a Republican propaganda outlet, nothing more. These protesters all know that they won't get a fair hearing on Fox. And yes, they do know that Fox lies.

Note, too, that Fox had absolutely no problem with bringing assault rifles to Tea Party rallies. But peaceful chanting by union supporters is considered "violent."

I wonder how Fox "News" anchors sleep at night? (Yeah, I know, on big piles of money.)

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