Is Obama Our Nixon and Fox News Our New York Times?
Is Barack Obama this generation's disgraced Orange County favorite son Richard Nixon?
And does that make Fox News the Dick-era equivalent of the Pentagon Papers-publishing New York Times?
Well, Bebe Rebozo, see if you can follow the bouncing twisted-logic ball . . .
One could argue that it was downright Obamian of Nixon to: impose wage and price controls; index Social Security for inflation; create Supplemental Security Income; form the Environmental Protection Agency; establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; promote the Legacy of parks program; implement the first significant federal affirmative action program; improve salaries for federal workers; lower the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 miles per hour to conserve gasoline during an energy crisis; create the Office of Minority Business Enterprise; and, most especially, introduce the Comprehensive Health Insurance Acted that would have mandated employers to purchase health insurance for their employees and provided a federal health plan like Medicaid that any American could join by paying on a sliding scale based on income.
Or should that be it's Nixonian of Obama to do the socialist things he's up to?
The Nixon-Obama comparisons began with Sunday's chat shows. Actually, they started
before The Chosen One was elected, kicked into high gear after he took office and have been sprinkling into the informed public's consciousness each time Obama has shook a dictator's hand, considered education policy or faced any other quagmire Dick met head on.
No, the Obama-is-Nixon distinction being made now concerns the misdeeds, paranoia and divisiveness swirling in and around the White House of the first half of the 1970s and, supposedly, since this past January's Inauguration Day.
White House Communication Director Anita Dunn said Sunday that Fox News is "a wing of the Republican Party" based on the fair-and-balanced network's Obama coverage. Fox's corporate reaction to the surprising Obama administration charge came from Senior Vice President Michael Clemente, who said, "It's astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming. It seems self-serving on their part."
Then something amazing happened during what Fox News had billed as news and not opinion on Monday: Correspondent James Rosen said, "This order to freeze out a leading news organization is similar to those President Nixon infamously directed at the New York Times." He was referring to the Nixon White House in 1971 attempting to stop the Times from publishing the bleak assement of the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers, which military analyst Daniel Ellsberg had leaked to the Gray Lady.
Never mind that had Fox News been in existence during the Nixon presidency, that day's Bill O'Reillys, Sean Hannitys and Glenn Becks would have demanded the lynching of Ellsberg. Nixon's Enemies List would become the network's talking point memo. Bombing Cambodia, usurping the Constitution and breaking into the Watergate Hotel would have been trivialized just like bombing Iraq, usurping the Constitution and outing Valerie Plame were by Fox News during the last administration.
If you buy the Obama-Nixon/Fox News-New York Times comparisions, what does that make the tea-bag protesters? The damn, dirty hippies who marched in the streets to demand the end of the Vietnam War? They could easily shorten the famous chant to, "Hell no, we won't."
So, when the hell will we see the rise of Obama's Silent Majority?