Apr 12 2010
This is a very bizarre article by Fox News, trying to discern who is fringe and not fringe inside the Tea Party movement. I would guess there are some clear ‘fringe’ folks out there, but I must admit I find one example a bit odd. Let’s review Fox’s version of fringe:
But while organizers have held the tour as a way to stay front-and-center as a political force, the rallies have also attracted the kinds of mistruths, exaggerations and conspiracy theories that make Tea Party leaders cringe.
 “Obama, to me, is a socialist. He’s a Muslim and all he wants to do is bankrupt us and run us into the ground,” Ken Schwalbach of Escanaba, Mich., said at a rally on Friday.
Though Obama is a Christian — and his Christian faith was a focal point of debate during the campaign-era controversy over his former pastor Jeremiah Wright — the allegations that the president is a secret Muslim persist years later.
OK, I agree President Obama is not a Muslim. He was raised within a partially Muslim family, which means he has a deep understanding of the Muslim community. There is no evidence he is Muslim – none. And if he were, there is no evidence he is outside the mainstream Muslim community who are not at war with The West through Jihad. It is a bit crazy to claim he is a close cousin of Bin Laden. So what is next on the Fox Fringe list:
 Some suggest Obama wants to keep Americans unemployed so that they become dependent on government-run programs. Lenin and Stalin have become catchwords to describe Obama in the speeches denouncing his policies.
Going further, swastikas, as well as pictures of Obama’s face next to Adolf Hitler’s, have appeared on signs at dozens of rallies blasting the president and the Democrat-controlled Congress.
This is the liberal socialist claim, which President Obama and this Democrat Congress rightfully deserve. However, while they are closet socialists (whether they care to admit it or not) does not mean they are Hitler or Stalin. Exaggeration seems to be a big issue with being ‘fringe’.
I know Obama leans too far left for this nation. But I do not see him prepared to invoke martial law and murder millions of people to invoke his policies. He has blundered too many times to be seen as a ruthless killer. Â Americans rightfully fear his policies will destroy America and our ability to personally excel, and that righteous fear causes exaggerated claims. I am not sure this makes someone ‘fringe’. Fear of useless and destructive upheaval is not a sin.
So, what is fringe factor 3 on the Fox list:
 Other Tea Party members continue to question the president’s citizenship — a sign reading “Show Us Your Birth Certificate” popped up at a recent rally in Traverse City, Mich.
“What’s more disturbing is that he’s not answering them,” Tea Party member and conservative blogger Andrea Shay King said of the questions over Obama’s birthplace.
The Hawaiian government twice confirmed during the 2008 presidential election that a copy of Obama’s birth certificate was authentic. Factcheck.org tracked down the birth certificate and posted copies of it online.
Yep, this one is pretty much laughable – with no disrespect for co-blogger Shea-King. As Fox notes this has been answered a gazillion times and hundreds of variations of the conspiracy theories have been debunked. This is one of those self inflicted wounds that keeps on giving – to Team Obama and the liberals.
Now to Fringe Factor 4 from Fox:
 Ron Moore of Petoskey, Mich., said he stood firm in his belief that the Democrats’ goal was to implement “death panels” to decide who receives medical care and who does not.
“They’ve already started,” he said.
But Tea Party organizers — both nationally and locally — say the misinformed beliefs of some do not represent the views of all.
Well I am clearly not buying this one – and I am not sure Fox is really either. There is no rebuttal to this claim, just a vague reference to minority views. One of those in the Minority is Vice Presidential Candidate Governor Sarah Palin. And there are plenty of documented panels inside Obamacare designed to ration health care to all those Americans so naive as to sign up for it. If you liked HMOs controlling your access to care, wait until the IRS and all these bureaucracies gets involved.
By now a lot of people are probably trying to figure out what Fox is attempting to communicate here. Of the 4 examples, 2 are clearly fringe (Obama is a Muslim/Not a US citizen), one is too vague (Obama is a socialist at heart politically, but he is not Hitler or Stalin) and one is outright leftist (Obamacare has no Death Panels).
My guess is this article is not going to go over well with Fox’s customers of its new media products.