All of this started with a story from Mediaite asking the reader to decide how stupid Fox is. Gawker was quick to jump in, crediting Mediaite’s brilliant journalistic find and exploring the issue even further, pinheads and Fox’s conservative base.
Fox writes the following below the Obama jpg: “Having admittedly “reached the end of [his] rope,” President Barack Obama sent a rambling 75,000-word e-mail to the entire nation Wednesday, revealing deep frustrations with America’s political culture, his presidency, U.S. citizens, and himself.
The e-mail, which was titled “A couple things,” addressed countless topics in a dense, stream-of-consciousness rant that often went on for hundreds of words without any punctuation or paragraph breaks. Throughout, the president expressed his aggravation on subjects as disparate as the war in Afghanistan, the sluggish economic recovery, his live-in mother-in-law, China’s undervalued currency, Boston’s Logan Airport, and tort reform.” Then they post a link to the Onion and open up for comments.
Mediaite comes along and claims Fox did not realize the Onion piece was a joke, supporting their theory with selected comments from readers. Gawker catches the tingle and adds a little spice of their own: “Of course, Fox Nation—a conservative community/news aggregation site operated by Fox News—is not exactly, uh, a shining beacon of journalistic integrity. … But when you’re dealing with a commenter base as consistently stupid as Fox Nation’s, don’t you have a responsibility to clearly specify what’s satire and what’s, you know, at least sort of real?” They also attempted to hit Peggy Noonan with a ’57 state’ mistake.
None of the news media followers heard Obama when he went over 50 states. Everyone has forgotten about 8% unemployment and reduced health costs and everything else but not the possibility that Fox was too stupid to know that the Onion writes sarcastic material. Just so Rangel is warm tonight and the Gitmo radicals eat well tomorrow.