Compliments to a Right-Winger

By brian | Poverty Jetset April 8, 2010 at 7:12AM

Compliments to a Right-Winger

It's a very rare moment when I feel the need to compliment a conservative Republican, but when the shoe fits - and he's willing to himself go out on a limb - then what's due is due... As reported on Yahoo News, News Corporation Rupert Murdoch was forced to defend his wacko crazy "news network" Fox News for its bias. He said that his network is balanced and takes the views from both parties and other groups equally, telling the National Press Club trying to deflect criticism, " The New York Times [is] a media outlet with 'an agenda' focused on 'anything Mr. Obama wants.'" He went on to say, "I don't think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party." What a joke! I guess Murdoch spends too much time holed up in Australia where he's from to realize Fox's own Glenn Beck or even their recent hire, Sarah Palin, are front and center in the Tea Party movement. But whatever, that's their right...

But, now even some of what Palin likes to call "sensible thinking conservatives" are thinking twice about Fox. Enter Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn... At a recent town meeting in his state, he cautioned his mostly like-minded thinking conservatives from gathering all their news and information from the likes of Fox, right-wing radio and its zillionaire neo con superstar, Rush Limbaugh (OK, my own bias is coming through, but this is a blog...) cautioning his audience not to "catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good." (also reported in The Washington Post). His words came after a woman at the town hall attended by the senator suggested that the new health care bill could put people in jail if they refuse to buy insurance.

"The intention is not to put anybody in jail," said the senator. "That makes for good TV news on Fox but that isn't the intention." He also defended Hose speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling her a nice woman and encouraged the crowd to not demonize people they disagree with.

"I'm 180 degrees in opposition to the speaker -- she's a nice lady," he said. The crowd could be heard responding unfavorably to his characterization, as reported by CBS news, adding, "Come on now, she is a nice -- how many of you all have met her? She's a nice person. She's a nice person...Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn't mean they're not a good person."

As my colleague Eugene said, "that's their path to success right there..." And honestly it's true. If Republicans can be seen to act with civility and genuinely work with the majority, they could make major in-roads. Listen and learn Senator McCain!

And just maybe if Republicans stopped appearing to pander to Glenn Beck, Limbaugh (not a Fox employee, I know), Hannity & O'Reilly, they may be able to get their message out to non Tea Partyers...

And has Fox itself said anything about it? Well, I did a quick search on their site (I must admit, it was probably the second time I've ever gone there) and the last thing I could find on Coburn was an article about how Coburn is "right" that sex offenders not in prison could get Viagra for free under the new health care law... Oh Fox...