So, I’m confused. Actually, no I’m not. I know exactly what is going on. What we have is what I may start calling, “narrative building.” Watch this video. Now this video is good for the selection Fox clips. Cenk Uygur’s commentary is good enough. Now, I am opposed to any mingling of politics and religion, but let’s compare say the potential situation in Egypt with the laws of one of our allies, Pakistan. In Pakistan there are anti-blasphemy laws You are not allowed to insult Islam in Pakistan. The maximum penalty for blasphemy, though rarely enforced, is death. In Egypt, we have a democratic revolution in which a strongly religious party will likely play a part in whatever new form of government arises from the current mess. This is unfortunate, but not very different from other countries in the region that we support.
Fundamental human rights are egregiously denied in Pakistan. A child could be executed for blasphemy. Barely a word is spoken by Fox News because they don’t give a damn about human rights. They care about the narrative. Talking about human rights violation by our allies does not fit their narrative. The narrative says that challenges to our current foreign policy, particularly as it pertains to Israel, are bad. It doesn’t matter if the challenge comes from the lips of the people. Notice talk of spreading democracy ceases when it is one of our dictatorial allies that is being overthrown.
What we have in Egypt is a democratic revolution. Mubarak has been, for all intents and purposes, a dictator. Fox hopes to push public opinion against a free Egypt so that the White House is forced to either aid Mubarak or at the very least to avoid supporting the democratic revolt Despots and theocratical laws are fine when it suits the conservative US foreign policy agenda.
I don’t know what else to say. Why isn’t the sieve that Fox pours it’s “news” through obvious to everyone?