Fox News Combines Sex with Taxes to Sell Millionaire Propaganda

Plunging Neckline Offers Propaganda Over Poor RIch People's Tax Cuts
Plunging Neckline Offers Propaganda Over Poor RIch People's Tax Cuts

It’s Thursday, so naturally, we bring you a Fox Cheerleader for the NeoCon agenda on Fox & Friends talking out of both sides of something…and you’ll pardon me, but I don’t think it’s her mouth. Before we get to the predictable argument that we shouldn’t tax the rich, let’s pause here to note that while the men on Fox News appear in suits, the women don plunging necklines, short skirts, bare legs and are made up to look more like beauty queens than reporters. It wouldn’t matter except that this is not only pandering to the patriarchal neo-con daddies, but it’s also rather distracting — a bonus when you’re not being honest.

See if you can follow her “argument” here and note where your eyes go as she delves into talking points. Video courtesy of Media Matters:

Doocy and the Cheerleader are moaning about the poor rich people having to pay taxes; very sad that they pay the “lion’s share of taxes already”. Practically seems like someone has canceled Christmas. Much oohing and ahhing over the horrible predicament of the rich. I only want to pause here to point out that actually, in reality, the super rich don’t pay the majority of the taxes and their tax rate is lower than the middle class via the tax codes shelters and dodges – See Warren Buffet. So many lies, so little time. Then Doocy really kicks off the fun with this gem:

Doocy: …Why not give them (the super rich) a little break?

Poor Juan Williams looks shocked here. It’s as if he had no idea just how bad it would be on Fox. Yes, Juan, Doocy really did just say that.

And how about it, Doocy! I mean, it’s not like they had a break over the past ten years. And certainly, if we have any spare compassion to be doled out this holiday season, it should be spent on the super rich who have suffered so what with all of the negative press after we bailed them out with our tax dollars. Wait, why can’t they pay taxes again? Don’t they owe us? I kid, I kid. I know they don’t owe us crap. We’re the less privileged part of the Darwinian experiment and we must pay.

Juan Williams: (barely recovered from the shock of his realization that reality has no home on this Fox set) Because Republicans are saying, no, unless you give the super rich the people who make a million or more the tax cuts we’re not going to let this go forward—

Note the verbal cues as Doocy and Cheerleader dismissively shake their heads no as if entertaining a wild puppy. ‘No, Republicans aren’t doing that’ is the message the unsophisticated viewer gets. Of course, actually, yes, that is what Republicans are doing. Must pay attention to verbal cues and lower thirds if one is to break down the entire Fox propaganda machine.

So fully armed with her plunging neckline and Cheerleader’s grasp of economic issues, she’s called out for her tired trickle down claim that the top 2 percent are the “job makers” and shouldn’t be taxed because of the deficit:

Fox Cheerleader: They (the rich) need their money so they can pay for all of these spending proposals!

I do wish someone would ask her who exactly was going to pay for the Republicans spending proposals without letting Bush tax cuts expire for the top 2%. Math….only for the elite liberal evils, apparently.

Juan Williams
: Don’t you even feel like you are talking out of two sides of your mouth –

Fox Cheerleader: –NO!

Of course not, Juan! I no speaky from there, honey. Look HERE where wardrobe barely managed to secure these two fragile wisps of fabric over my heaving —

Juan Williams: — when you say we have a huge deficit we have to be responsible and we have to pay down the deficit but oh no–

Fox Cheerleader: –but taking more than half from the rich guy is the way to do it? Stop spending is the way to do it!

RAH RAH! Stop spending! DOH. Why didn’t the Republicans think of that at some point in the last 40 years? And gosh, I can feel something trickling down over those poor rich guys having to pay something but it’s not economics.

This enthusiastic quip is followed by a beauty pageant smile of self-satisfied simplicity: “Yes, I want world peace in the Iraq also too in other countries. Again.” No, I’m not mocking her for her ignorance, that’s a given on Fox and frankly, most morning shows aren’t known for their in-depth discussions of economic policy, I just find the proud Poujadism of the proletariat fighting for the rich cheer routine a bit tough to take so early in the morning.

We must point out the little lie inherent in the big lie, and that is the Cheerleader’s scoffing about how “250,000 thousand a year” isn’t “super rich”. If one is a business owner, that 250k is after deductions and write offs and perks like having the business pay for part of your mortgage, car, and living expenses. So, I think it’s fair to say that those folks are well off.

But the big lie is that the super rich getting a tax cut benefits the rest of us. This supply side economic theory of trickle down manna from the sky didn’t work under Bush and it won’t work now. Job creation lessened under Bush, as the deficit ballooned and the economy tanked. Oh, and of course, the granddaddy lie is that these tax cuts somehow fit into dreams of Reagan, when in fact, under Reagan, Americans were paying a much higher tax rate.

We must commend Fox on slyly feeding propaganda through beautiful, semi-clothed women with sweet smiles and innocently daring invitational clothing. Hello, liberals. Enough with the smarty pants women in suits with something to say. Can’t you see, it’s the package, not the content?

Now then, what would have been enlightening is for one of these folks to grasp basic civics. They frame their entire discussion around “Obama” and tax hikes. Nice work if you can get it. It isn’t, after all, the President who passes or funds legislation like extending tax cuts. Yes, he can drive it, he can sell it, but he can’t go into that Senate and make Harry Reid I Just Want to be Re-elected do anything. It’s those three branches of government thingy. This fine point is inconvenient for both sides to acknowledge, as it’s not as fun to hate on Harry as it is to hate on Obama, and plus, Obama is Republican Target #1.

We can’t blame Republicans for not understanding the limits of the executive branch since they so rarely acknowledge them when they are in office if the Bush years are any indicator of their beliefs about unlimited power. Aw, heck, just sign an executive order if you can’t get Congress to do what you want! That was clearly the intention of the founders (as proven in our newly revised history for the neo-con school book).

And we already knew they didn’t understand economics, given what they did to the country with the Bush tax cuts and the wild, frat boy spending and the war they forgot to put on the budget. Perhaps America would be better off treating them like the crazy uncle at Christmas. Let them talk and then get back to work, ignoring everything they said because….they are crazy.

What’s really at issue here is what kind of President did we elect? There are basically two kinds of presidents: the leader and the do-er. Bill Clinton was a leader. Barack Obama is a do-er. The problem seems to be that many thought he would be a leader, speaking to us and for us from the bully pulpit much more often than he does. I can’t criticize the amount of legislation his approach has managed to get passed, but it’s sort of like going to sleep with Brad Pitt from Thelma and Louise and waking up with Brad Pitt of the bearded scruff bohemian when he’s not filming. Both are good; but one was a lot more immediately enticing on a certain visceral level.

See? That’s just my way of pointing out how sexually biased our media is. Half naked women run around delivering “news” with nary a reference to naked men. So, there. Brad Pitt. Neener neener. Hey, maybe Brad could be the spokesmodel for the middle class– we could dress him in a loin cloth or something. Just spit ballin’ here.

At any rate, this President and the Democrats in office have fought hard for the middle class, contrary to what you may be reading online right now. They have fought for small business tax cuts, loans, extending unemployment, and more. The tax cut issue has to get through the Senate. So if anyone has any ideas on how to educate the majority of Americans on reality versus the well-framed right wing talking points of trickle down wealth paying off our deficit, do let the Obama administration hear from you.

Do they have to compromise with Those Who Shall Not be Moved? Yes. They do. No, really, they do.

It’s ugly, it’s tedious and it most likely won’t work. Thank goodness Obama has more patience than I, for right now, if I were him, I’d want to tell the Republicans that when they want to get serious about helping the majority of Americans, they can let me know – but until then, we are moving ahead without them and if that means nothing gets done, fine. They can tell the American people all about it. But of course, fun as that would be, when the American people heard about it, it would be Obama’s fault for “tax hikes” (well done, George!) instead of a pocket veto (he didn’t touch it; just let the Bush tax cuts expire).

If only we weren’t in a recession and the plunging necklines weren’t so easy to believe, reality might have a chance here.

39 Replies to “Fox News Combines Sex with Taxes to Sell Millionaire Propaganda”

  1. I’ve said it before, I’m not rich enough to be a Republican. Maybe if I win the lottery I can turn the switch on that tells me, “No… no! I’m not sharing with anyone else.”

    I remember in the early days of this economic downturn. Somewhere in the early 2000’s, corporations starting “trimming the fat” to make bonus’s for the VP’s and Board members. I’m not sure which company started it, but the rest jumped on board. Little did they all know that eventually, all these unemployed people buy products from each other. So, oh crap, we have to lay off more people for our stockholders to make a profit. It’s like draining the pool so you can climb out with dignity.

    Sending out military off to war used to stimulate an economy, but not with today’s expensive high-tech gadgetry. It’s all neat stuff, but we are going broke as a nation. By the time I pay at the pump, buy groceries that cost me twice as much as it used to, and realizing I’m doing this on not having a raise since 2005, I realize, I’m slowly slipping into poverty. So what do I do? I cut back. I don’t drive anywhere, I don’t take vacations, I buy generic products. So I’m killing the economy too.

    My tax refunds are spent before I even get them, mostly on car and house repairs. I’m stimulating Menards and the Sears Auto Center all by myself. Do you really think the super rich aren’t going to buy a new yacht to stimulate the economy if we cut their tax break? Maybe… but then again, maybe they’ll have to start shopping at Walmart too.

    Let us eat cake. That mentality didn’t turn out too well for the French Monarchy, either. Give the tax breaks to those who need it, not to those who want it.

  2. There is nothing wrong with big boobs!

    40DDs are the most patriotic boobiage around. If you don’t like big ol’ titties, you are not a real American!

    And you are certainly, not a good God-fearing Christian!

  3. Göbbels would love to have interviewed those lovelies. He’s turning over in his grave in a jealous snit.

  4. And the next big lie was that the super rich are the middle class bosses. Hardly.

    Juan should have been on his game and told them that only 2% of the super rich provide jobs. That could have ended the conversation.

    But being a boob man, I’m with Conservative Heart

    Know what my tax refund is this year? The money they took out in taxes when I pulled my 401 out to live on. I want the super rich to have a break, I want them broken down into normal people

  5. I love the way she practically has to twist her head off in order to look at Juan while keeping the cleavage aimed at the camera! LOL

    I think if all news were filled with cleavage and upskirt shots, the American public would be far better informed. Well, the male half of it anyway.

  6. Maybe it’s just me, but Juan seemed a bit “impotent, limp and gutless” when he tried to get a word in edgewise through all that cleavage.

    Maybe that’s the strategy.

    “Neo-con feminism” displayed in all its heaving glory: if you can’t dazzle ’em with your economic expertise and overall erudition, just shove their faces in your extra-cerebral mammary back-up system until they go limp from hypoxia — or an overdose of tryptophan. American men are just big babies trying to reclaim their glory years at Mama’s teat anyway. Win-win situation.

    Thanks for the entertaining post, Sarah.

  7. Okay, being a red blooded woman, I vote for equal time rule. Equal time for boobs vs equal time for loin cloth, especially on Fox News. Maybe we could tax boob size vs loin cloth coverage.
    It makes about as much sense as their proposal to give tax breaks to those making over $250,000. a year.

  8. I am by no means “rich”, but this seems silly. So a good looking woman shared her opinion and now Fox news is trying to “sell millionaire propaganda”?

    Does this mean that Fox News can only have ugly woman on for it to be acceptable?

    I personally believe that everyone in America should pay a flat percentage based tax. Just because I decide to work hard and make more money doesn’t mean I should carry more weight than the next guy.

    I’d like to point out, I’m young, 24. A lot of my friends are graduating and are unable to find jobs. Here’s the thing though, while they were out partying in high school, I was busy educating myself and figuring out ways to sustain myself without relying on a system designed around student loans (debt). Now I’m doing great, without a 4 year degree. I adapted and worked very hard, so now I’m enjoying the rewards. I shouldn’t have to pay a higher percentage that one of my friends. To this day I continue to educate myself and adapt, while they whine about their inability to get a job with their “education”.

    How about everyone stop blaming others, and stop hating attractive people. Instead, start working harder and earn what could easily be yours.

  9. Actually you may watch too much of Fox to notice. Watch Fox and Friends some morning and get a good look at the leg you see. If you pay attention you will see many examples of them using a womans looks to sell their BS

  10. Typically Fox punditry, but it doesn’t help to call her a cheerleader. Grow up, and at least call her by her name. Stop trying to make a good looking woman on Fox news interesting. If you have a problem with the woman, attack her argument or her qualifications. If you don’t know her qualifications: that’s what journalism is about. I find it mildly amusing that you identify enough with feminism to put it in your abbreviated bio here. Her argument was no worse than her male counterparts, but you felt the need to call her out as a “cheerleader” simply because her neck line was too low for your own liking…

    What a chauvinist.

  11. So she hates men? OK.

    You might want to check up on the Fox site and tell them to identify her, lol. Or are they chauvinists?

    Your defense of this woman’s clothing misses the point. Dressing like a porn star doesn’t do much for feminism and I imagine that was Miss Jones’ point. Maybe you missed that part of feminism 101.

  12. So true! Poor Juan. Soon enough he won’t be able to heft his ideas onto the table at all anymore.

  13. “I only want to pause here to point out that actually, in reality, the super rich don’t pay the majority of the taxes and their tax rate is lower than the middle class via the tax codes shelters and dodges – See Warren Buffet.” – what is your source for this information, or did you forget to research before you wrote. While Warren Buffet pays a lower tax rate, due to many things, the super rich still pay the most in taxes in this country. (http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/04/who-pays-taxes)

  14. This article is a disgrace to this website and overly exaggerates the title just to get people to read it. Can’t an attractive woman voice her own opinion? Just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t mean that she’s some dumb cheerleader that’s being used as a showpiece.

  15. The rich pay the lion share of taxes???? LOL That is so completely wrong it doesn’t even make sense. The middle class has paid the lion share of taxes since the great depression. The middle class is almost 70% of this country and are taxes per capita more than anyone else. As a single male in my twenties, I am personally taxed just for not being married. How about we talking about conditional tax breaks that attempt to control how people live their lives instead of the rich having to give away a little money they don’t need or will use on anything constructive. “Most of that income comes from businesses and investments…” How the money was earned has nothing to do with this issue. Being taxed is not going to stop a person making that kind of money from continuing to invest and expand their business. As you stated, it is their primary income.

  16. It’s in the article or are you just pretending to be ignorant? Tax shelters, write offs etc for the wealthy mean they pay a lower tax rate than the average worker.

  17. She’s obviously not smart or they gagged her at Fox. Are you denying that Fox uses women as window dressing and dresses them like porn stars? Can I have what you’re smoking?

  18. Tax cuts for the rich are another spending proposal, not a stimulus package. The history of the past 30 years (since Reagan) proves that.

  19. Here’s a question for the Republicans: You claim that tax cuts are supposed to give the rich more money which they can then spend on America, either by creating jobs or by investing in our infrastructure. Well what about when they aren’t spending a large enough portion of their money? How do we get that money to go back into the economy? And, yes, it does need to go back into the economy or else the economy ceases to be an actual economy.

    So how do we ensure that the money gets put back in?

    One way is to make tax cuts only available to those who spend a certain percentage of their income on American goods/services/employees. For businesses, I would recommend only giving tax cuts to businesses that hire more American workers than foreign workers. And create a new law that says a business’s spending cuts must come from the top down, rather than the bottom up. So, a business couldn’t lay off workers until it had first slashed the salaries and bonuses of its top executives, because something tells me that when a guy gets millions every year, that money is taking a sizable chunk outta the rest of the company’s available money. It’s only common sense to cut his wages first. After all, all the Republicans say that middle and lower class wages are completely fine for living off of, so why couldn’t a business owner or executive live off those same wages? I mean, the survival of the business comes first, and that’s the only reason for the tax cuts, right? Technically, if people actually followed trickle-down economics properly, there wouldn’t be any rich people because they’d be reinvesting all their money into the economy.

    But then again, that would mean the Republicans and Rich people and Businesses would have to practice what they preach, and this is America! Land of Hypocrisy!

    Also (off topic) the land of Wal-Marts that no longer sell pants or belts smaller than 38 Mens. Yes, I was just there today, and I was unable to find anything in my size. I’m overweight. Not by much, but still not exactly Brad Pitt from Fight Club. Yet I was not fat enough for even the smallest of pants and belts sold at Wal-Mart. Dammit America, learn to say no to the extra bacon on that cheeseburger. And the cheeseburger too, actually.

  20. “helping the majority of Americans”….? When did the free, independent, and proud American ever expect his government to “help” the “majority”…of anything ?

    As the majority of the middle class fades away and disillusionment becomes the clothes of a new day, the naked truth will reveal the fallacy irreverently promoted as righteousness….redistribute wealth from haves to have nots.

    Truth sets one free…says the Good Book….. Be Free

  21. I really think you’re on the wrong side of the boat here, buddy.

    I actually happen to agree with her statement about needing to stop spending for cash to fill deficit vs. tax rich more.

  22. Wait…so now liberals are sexist too? At least, that’s the message I get from the tone of this “article.” What a terrible time to be a woman.

  23. Yes, it is the right solution to sell propaganda easily by combining sex with taxes. The easiest way to attract viewers.

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  24. One thing that is very obvious if one watches without the sound – when the men are speaking, the camera cuts to a single head shot of them talking. When she is talking (except for one very brief cut), she is in a shared shot, so that she may be shown from the waist up, rather than from the shoulders up. Not only that, but it appears that the lighting might have been adjusted during the shot to give her cleavage more shadow.

  25. Yeah that’s you Rightie’s answer to everything and the funniest part is you don’t see how misogynistic your reply is and it validates everything in the article.

  26. As if media matters is any difffrent. Media matters is a pack of progressives and socialists controlled by george sucknuts soros

  27. ohhhhhhhhh a whining wannabe! Yea!

    Change the subject, accuse others and run. Must be a pretend republican who doesnt know who his masters are

  28. I don’t watch Fox news or much any news really. I’m too busy working hard and earning my way through life to notice any of the BS.

  29. Under the law, the rich have been getting their tax cut for the first $225,000 (the middle class tax-cut), but they also want a second tax-cut for the upper end of their first million, and all the rest (a second tax-cut, for the rich). If unemployment benefits pay more into the shared economy than tax cuts for the rich, then that is the quandry.

  30. Dear Sarah,

    I just wanted to drop a line and say how much I am enjoying your articles. This is the second I’ve read today and both were really good. I trust I will be just as entertained as I begin working through your back catalog.

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