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This is the entire reason Fox News exists. To pass off garbage as news to a base that only wants to hear garbage:
[Fox News contributor for some reason Juan Williams]: It's like a tragedy ... the U.S. Senate can't take action on simple background checks that overwhelmingly the American people, in poll after poll, say that it's a good idea, it would be a good thing.  Gun owners say, 'Yes, it's a good thing.' But again, the power of big money, the NRA, and the gun manufacturers has carried the day. So let's look at the record then--

[Fox News anchor and hydroponic hair farm Bret Baier]: Well, hold on. Gun owners overall don't say that. You mentioned the NRA. They say [blah blah insufferable horsecrap blah ...]

Yes, gun owners overall do say that, and Supposedly Professional News Anchor Bret Baier is flat wrong about something that has been, you know, in the actual damn news quite a bit lately. This is because Gun Owners Overall are decent, reasonable people who don't buy the paranoid black helicopter garbage spewed forth by NRA leadership crackpots and tin-foil militia nuts and this nation's fine, upstanding and entirely uncrooked gun industry lobbyists. Gun owners overall realize that making minor tweaks to laws that might have a good chance at keep guns out of the hands of people who really, really shouldn't have them is a reasonable enough thing, and even might be worth adding a minor bit of paperwork to our otherwise God-given right to be homicidal manics upon the slightest goddamn provocation.

Fox News, on the other hand, does cater to the black-helicopter crowd, and does do its level best to instill anti-government panic in their viewers, and does have hosts lie on air, all the time, and especially when some annoying guest mentions anything that will give their precious bunker-dwelling viewers a sad. This is because the goal of Fox News, from ex-Glenn Beck to Bill O'Reilly to Sean Hannity to "& Friends" to whatever dull-minded sap is currently filling out the serious-news anchor chair that evening, is to validate their viewers' precious, addled world views even if that requires the spewing of outright fabrications to do it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 01:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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