The job application at Fox Noise has just two questions of importance to the fake news network. First: are you willing to lie for Donald Trump repeatedly? Second: will you sell your soul in exchange for a large income? At least four of Fox fake journalists answered ‘yes’ to both questions; Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro, and Laura Ingraham.
In reality, Fox is a propaganda machine for right-wing extremists. Therefore, few progressives choose to appear on shows hosted by the previous four stooges I mentioned. However, former Bill Clinton aide, Richard Goodstein, agreed to appear on “The Ingraham Anger” on February 26th. What began as a discussion about preventing the coronavirus from becoming a pandemic in the United States ended in a screaming match. Like Trump, Ingraham began to personally attack Mr. Goodstein when he disagreed with her views.
Ingraham attempted to regurgitate Trump’s farcical claim that Democrats hope the virus is serious and bring an end to Trump’s illegitimate presidency.
Goodstein told Ingraham, “I don’t know a single Democrat — anybody, actually — who really is hoping their neighbor comes down with the coronavirus so they can gloat about the fact that the Trump Administration didn’t do enough. The concern of Democrats is two things: (1) the public doesn’t trust Donald Trump. That’s undisputable if you look at every poll from the start to today of the Trump Administration. And that raises concerns when he’s trying to kind of assure the public, saying, ‘Oh, by April, this will be over’ and things like that. It just doesn’t ring true.”
The former Clinton aide continued, “And secondly, when you attack science, use a Sharpie to change a hurricane map — when you say climate change is a hoax….”
The mention of Trump’s hilarious use of a sharpie to cover up another lie was the ‘last straw’ for Ingraham.
“Oh, my God, I can’t believe it,” Ingraham ranted. “OK, Richard. You’re going to a Sharpie and the stupid hurricane map. We are talking about the coronavirus. You are turning this into a political diatribe; that’s why you guys are going to lose in November.”
Ingraham continued, “You know what people don’t believe? People don’t believe that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer gave a rat’s you-know-what about coronavirus until this week, OK? When impeachment went down the tubes, and their poll numbers were flatlining and Bernie (Sanders) is going to get the nomination — then they are freaking out because nothing else worked.”
Goodstein, however, doubled down on his point, stressing that Trump “is anti-science.” And Ingraham responded that Democrats are “anti-science” because they believe that “a baby born alive isn’t a baby — it’s a fetus that happened to just appear.”
Mr. Goodstein is right. Republicans deny scientific fact, whether the discussion is climate change, an infectious disease, or the opioid crisis which remains of little concern to the Trump administration. When Trump tasked Mike Pence with preventing a pandemic, I had to laugh. Pence has often admitted that he doesn’t believe in any form of science.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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