What happens when a liberal tries to discuss the facts of the Obama scandals on Fox News? He gets his mic cut off.
Watch what happened to Julian Epstein when he insisted on having a discussion centered around the facts of the Obama scandals with Fox exec Neil Cavuto.
Cavuto: Julian, but i guess what i’m asking is what part of Custer don’t you understand here where you’re surrounded and you see one incident after another the comes up and add it all it comes back to the same basic issue privacy is invaded were potentially invaded institutions of all sorts doing pretty much the same thing. There is a pattern.
Epstein: If you want to conflate and combine all these issues and make a general statements, you can do that. I just don’t think that is a very thoughtful way of approaching it.
Cavuto: Why don’t you think about what I just said, Julian? To think and connect, Julian, Julian don’t play the politics game. Julian, I’m telling you drop the liberal thing and focus on the reality thing! You have one entity after another going after American people. You have one system of government, one agency after another essentially doing the same thing. You can call that conflating; I am telling you there’s a pattern and you’re just shrugging your shoulders. But I can guarantee you, Julian if it were George Bush doing it, you’d be all over it.
Epstein: That’s actually incorrect. You want me to respond? So look, you can’t conflate all of these issues. You have to speak about them seperately because they’re different. In the case of the IRS, I agree with you. The targeting was wrong. There was never any connection to the White House. Nobody has proven that. In the case of the AP case, nobody was criminalizing investigative reporting. Nobody in the Justice Department ever spoke of prosecuting Rosen, that was simply a method to get a subpoena. That was not targeting. Secondly, on the emails.
Cavuto: Julian, Julian!!
Epstein: Because I want to talk facts, and you want to make these general broadsides, Neil.
Cavuto: Julian, you’re saying nothing and it’s offensive!
Epstein: Okay, why don’t we speak about them specifically?
Cavuto: Julian, why don’t you talk facts? It’s annoying how obnoxious you can be on the reality. I’m not going to play this game with you, Julian. You play the same damn game dismissing.
(Epstein tried to talk.)
Cavuto: Cut his mic! Cut his mic!
That liberal thing that Cavuto was accusing Epstein of doing is called using facts. Fox News has no interest in the facts relating to these “Obama scandals.” Anyone who persistently tries to inject facts into the Obama scandal fantasy will be shouted down, and have their mic cut off. That’s just how they do it over at fair and balanced Fox News.
Since these scandals have puttered out due to a lack of evidence, Cavuto was trying to create something that was greater than the sum of its weak parts by trying to tie all of the conspiracies into a pattern of behavior. It should be noted that Cavuto isn’t just a host. He is also a Fox News executive. Apparently, the executive policy of Fox News is to cut the mics of people who try to use facts in their conversations.
Cavuto’s behavior illustrated why these “scandals” are bad for the Republican Party. The right is obsessing over these scandals. Just like with all of the other Obama conspiracies that they’ve gotten hung up on, they don’t understand that the rest of the country doesn’t care. Obama scandal mania pushes Republicans more to the right, and isolates them from mainstream America.
Obama scandals have always been the right’s emotional crutch and comfort food. The economy is improving regularly. Many of their beloved tea party governors look to be headed for defeat in 2014. Things are generally looking up for the country. Their plan to ruin the Obama presidency has been a total failure, so these “scandals” are the only thing that Republicans have left to hold on to.
As if there was ever any doubt, Neil Cavuto has proven once and for all that there is no room for reality on Fox News.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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