Aug 25, 2010

As astonishing as a two-headed dog

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I've long ago given up being shocked by Fox News, which is supposed to be a lot of fun for people who like news pitched at the intellectual level of a World Federation Wrestling match, but last night's Daily Show left my jaw resting lightly on the floor. For those who didn't see it (see above), Stewart rumbled the cast of Fox and Friends — their leading soap — pretending to be outraged by the fact that one of the people funding the Ground Zero Islamic Community Centre was also a Saudi billionaire with supposedly dubious connections, but omitting to mention that the man they were attempting to portray as a terrorist-loving Satan was Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the biggest shareholders of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Perhaps out of courtesy to their boss — or maybe just to forestall anyone looking into it too deeply — they omitted to name the Prince, or show his photograph. They simply invoked the shadowy spectre of a nameless man with ties to Imam Rauf through the "Kingdom Foundation." The viewer intelligence levels this delicate little pantomime presupposed in its viewers were so snarlingly low, lower even than the supine credulity presupposed by most Fox broadcasts, as to take your breath away. Astonishing.

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