by Andrea Burke
Van Jones was the first, but the recent war began here:
But did you read the other side of the story?
“But it’s not just Dunn, a Democrat, who has used Mao as someone she reads.
Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog group, points out that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, also a Fox News contributor, quoted Mao in a 1995 Roll Call profile.
“War is politics with blood; politics is war without blood,” Gingrich said, citing Mao.
Karl Rove, another Fox News contributor, wrote in a December 2008 Wall Street Journal op-ed that President Bush “‘encouraged me to read a Mao biography.'”
Oh loyal Beck Czars, I can already hear you yelling, “We’re not talking about any one else, we’re talking about Dunn!”
But why? I’ve heard this argument so often in the past few months.
Whoopi Goldberg used it on resident Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the view Monday morning. (the clip isn’t up yet, but when it is, I’ll post it. Basically, they discussed Fox News Vs. The White House and Hasselbeck brought up that all the other news networks- MSNBC, CNN- cover opinions more than news, just like Fox News. Whoopi said they weren’t talking about anyone else, just Fox.)
Michelle Malkin used the same arguement when she was on the view:
Malkin says she doesn’t believe in moral justification through comparing, and I agree. YOU can’t point to someone else, say “they did it first” and get away with something despicable, but at the same time, facts apply.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are 2 sides to every story. I do believe Fox News has veered away from the “News” part, but Elisabeth is right, CNN and MSNBC are guilty of the very same thing. And that should be relavant.
As should Dunn’s intention- she was obviously making a sarcastic statement when she said Mao Tse-tung and Mother Teresa were her “favorite political strategists”, (even if you didn’t know who Mao Tse-tung was, Mother Teresa was obviously not political), but Beck uses it as fact, even though he knows that people he probably respects, Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich, FOX CONTRIBUTORS, have quoted the same guy.
Facts apply, no matter what particular discussion is on the table.
And Dear White House, please don’t give attention to the mud-slinging. It’s tempting to get defensive, but please be above going to war with Fox News. Concentrate on one of the 2 wars we need to bring to a close.