Fox News, a major engine in the right-wing smear and fear machine, is apparently on a Mission From God: To deliver John McCain to the White House.
The propaganda practicing cable news operation featured Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s limited-edition sermon snippets all day and all night until even its small-minded, narrowly informed audience came to realize the Chicago minister was old news. I think that was around the point when Fox started doing breaking news every night on Rev. Wright’s travel schedule.
The “Fair and Balanced” news network is now promoting Rev. Michael Pfleger as the latest albatross to be hung around Barack Obama’s neck. Fleer’s sin: having the audacity to mock Hillary Clinton’s sense of white entitlement.
It doesn’t matter that Father Pfleger, the pastor of Chicago’s St. Sabina Catholic Church, is white. It doesn’t matter that Rev. Pfleger said, “I regret the words I chose on Sunday," he said. "These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama's life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them."
And it doesn’t matter that Obama was forced to issue this statement: "As I have traveled this country, I've been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that unites us. That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger's divisive, backward-looking rhetoric."
All that matters, for Fox, is that an activist Catholic priest in Rev. Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ, said something they could label as Obama’s new “preacher problem” with a "hateful speech."
As a matter of comparison, this is a glimpse into Father Pfleger’s performance as he referenced Clinton’s teary performance the right before the New Hampshire primary. "I really don't believe it was a put-on. I always thought she felt 'This is mine. I'm Bill's wife. I'm white. And this is mine. I just got to get up and step into the plate,'" he said. "And then out of nowhere came, 'Hey, I'm Barack Obama.' And she said, 'Oh damn, where did you come from? I'm white. I'm entitled. There's a black man stealing my show.'"
At that point, Pfleger, whose Catholic parish is all black, pretended to cry, using a handkerchief to wipe his eyes. "She wasn't the only one crying. There was a whole lot of white people crying," he said.
Hate filled stuff. Huh?
Now let’s look at what Rev. John Hagee, one of the fundamentalist preachers John McCain sought out for a political endorsement had to say. According to Hagee, Adolph Hitler was a "hunter," sent by God, to create the holocaust to make it possible for the Jews re-establish a state of Israel.
When Hagee’s latest nut-laced pronouncement broke a week ago, Fox couldn’t imagine that it was breaking news: The story ran about 10 minutes into the cable news network’s Special Report with anchor Brit Hume chucking through his summary of the story. Unlike its ad nauseam airing of the Wright and Pfleger videos, Humes didn’t bother to show Hagee’s snippet at all.
As it turns out, Fox is pretty much done with Rev. Hagee. As for Wright and Pfleger, they’ve only just begun.
Here are some of Father Pfleger’s recorded antics from last Sunday’s sermon.
And here’s what Dan Abrams of MSNBC’s The Verdict thought about it.