Speaking Out Against the Hatemongers
Last night, Keith Olbermann had the temerity to put his neck on the scaffold for wingnuttery by speaking out against their race-baiting manipulation of facts to enrage their audience. His words were strong, and they should have been. The masquerade of news that is the right wing network does real damage to our society.
"…thanks to the perpetual fraud machine that is Fox news, and the scum that is this assassin Breitbart, there will be a portion of this country – the mindless, the hateful, the reactionary, the racist – to whom she is ever convicted and ever imprisoned. I have sat behind this desk for seven years and pushed back at these counterfeit journalists, as a man might stand at the shore and try to push back the tide.
Let me make this utterly clear: what you see on Fox news, what you read on right wing websites, is the utter and complete perversion of journalism. And it can have no place in a civilized society."
While we on the liberal, rational, side of the internet hesitate to go to extremes in expressing distaste for lies and hatemongering, Keith Olbermann last night gave voice to something so true and so pressing that it has made itself into a threat against democracy.
Without access to facts, those who vote can commit atrocities and have done so. Election of those who have convinced the voters that they will do the right thing, and who then commit crimes against the public, is a perversion of democracy.
The purveyors of wingnuttery are fattening themselves at the expense of a free world. The financial meltdown, the Gulf oil spill, the joblessness that faces working Americans, are the result of false information peddled to a gullible public that then voted against its own interests under the false impression that it was ‘responsible’.
News that is accurate must be embraced as necessary to a functional free society. Noise misrepresented as ‘News’ that defrauds the public must be eliminated. That the Faux network calls itself a news organ is criminal misconduct, and must be recognized as such.