Posted by: Rick | Monday, June 14, 2010

If It Quacks Like A Republican. . .

Fox News wouldn’t be an effective propaganda dispenser without its enablers in the mainstream media.  An article in today’s New York Times tries to make the case that Fox Business Network’s new show “Freedom Watch”, hosted by Andrew Napolitano, is aimed at “libertarians”.

And yet:

The first TV episode was billed as a “Tea Party summit,” with appearances by the Fox pundit Sarah Palin; Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas; and his son Rand Paul, a Republican and candidate in Kentucky for the United States Senate. (The elder Mr. Paul endorsed and wrote a forward for Mr. Napolitano’s most recent book.)

Also on the show were three Tea Party favorites, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and the former House majority leader Dick Armey of Texas, Republicans all, or “freedom fighters,” as the host called them.  The lone Democratic guest was Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania.

“You know I love the tea parties,” Mr. Napolitano remarked at one point.

I wouldn’t expect a libertarian talk show to be fair and balanced, but if its first installment looks like a Republican circle jerk . . . I might be skeptical of its philosophical bona fides.

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