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I don't know which is more surprising.

Fox News going after Nader? He was a rather successful spoiler in 2000, but he's outlived his usefulness to the Republicans.

Fox News defending Obama? With Democrats in charge of the White House and Congress, they may feel a need to play nice for a little while.

Ralph Nader intimating that Obama might be an "Uncle Tom" for big corporations and dancing around the racial slur?

Fox reports, you decide:

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karisu_sama
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
"doesn't have a tax reform thing for the ordinary fellow in this country", eh? So how come by the NUMBERS analysis, it appears my family and our small business would do better financially under Obama's proposed tax plan than McCain's? It's a goddamn START, and a big part of why I voted for him.

Nader:
You blithering idiot. The election is OVER. Continuing to campaign via slurs and innuendo against the established winner (I bet Nader would have said something similar if it were McCain who won, except he wouldn't use a racist term) only makes you look stupid. Face it: you managed to spoil one election, but nobody buys your garbage anymore.

"Uncle Sam vs Uncle Tom" is not simply a "catchy phrase", it is disgusting and appalling, and speaks larger volumes about your attitudes on race than it does on ANY of the issues in this campaign.

Edited at 2008-11-06 02:50 am (UTC)
sarcasm_hime
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but Fox News doesn't get to take the moral high ground with ANYBODY. :P
bovil
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
I don't expect this conciliatory phase to last more than a few weeks. As soon as they think the euphoria has died down, they're going to start back in with the bullshit.

Still, it takes a lot to stoop so low that you can be looked down on from the mud puddle.
gamingkitty
Nov. 6th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
They may wait till they get the press conference credentials before reverting -- it would be harder than normal to pass themselves off as a respected news program if they can't get in the door of the White House press room.
cmdrsuzdal
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
OTOH, this is the second time today I've seen a clip of this particular newscaster. The other was about post-election Palin revelations.

I don't watch Fox so I googled his name, Shepard Smith, and he's also the one who called out Joe the Plumber's stupid comments. He seems to have said other reasonable stuff in the past so it may be an individual thing rather than a change at Fox.

theresamather
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Shephard Smith usually has the best makeup job on Fox :P
His only partly suppressed sneer and disdain for Joe the Plumber last week was comedy gold. I watch Fox now and then as part of my ongoing studies of the full spectrum of the folly of the human zoo. ;)

nohwhere_man
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
For once I agree with Fox News, Nader is finished. Well, even more that he was before. I can't, no, actually I can, believe he said that.
pwilkinson
Nov. 6th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Fox News defending Obama?

This doesn't surprise me at all - but then I'm British. For about twenty years from the mid-'70s, Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers consistently supported the Conservatives. Then, shortly before the 1997 general election, they switched to definite though conditional support for the Labour party - or at least for Tony Blair - though without significantly changing their position on individual political issues. They have only shown definite signs of switching back to the Conservatives during the past year or two - and haven't fully done so yet.

Why? To put it briefly, because Murdoch seems to be prepared to support governments of any political complexion on two conditions - firstly, that the governments concerned don't pursue policies he particularly doesn't like (in practice, ones that would directly or indirectly limit the power of his media empire) and secondly, that there is no more congenial alternative government that would be likely to get elected even with the support of his media empire.

In a comment to an unlocked post, the word "blackmail" does not, of course, come to mind.
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