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Tuesday 20 October 2009

The Republican Wrong – Getting Desperate

Another day, another ridiculous assertion comes out of the studios of Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) aimed at the Obama Administration. This time it’s over volunteering, which looks on the face of it to be pretty uncontroversial.

Not, it seems, when viewed through the twisted prism that is Glenn Beck. Fox’s increasingly eccentric “star” sees dark forces at work here, and has concluded that the Government is trying to turn the USA into a Communist state. He says it’s “almost like we’re living in Mao’s China right now”.

His take is that the Government, Hollywood and “The Media” (which Fox presenters routinely assert is in the pocket of “liberals”) are attempting to “control” people’s lives, merely because they are encouraging them to participate in their communities.

It’s ridiculous and inflammatory – and Rupert Murdoch could stop it dead if he so wanted. As he hasn’t stopped it, the conclusion is straightforward – and we still don’t know what Young Dave has promised him in return for his endorsement, although the Shadow Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has been sabre rattling at the BBC once more.

Rupe will like that. And he’d like to impose a UK Fox News Channel on us, too.

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