Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Randi Rhodes: Ryan's Rerun

In the middle of everything that’s going on, the House Republicans have released their budget plan. I think they were hoping that maybe that way fewer people would notice it. This GOP plan actually looks scarier than Paul Ryan himself does! The plan turns Medicare into a “premium support” system. That’s a nicer term for “vouchers,” which itself is a nicer term for “you’re on your own, Grandma.”

Last night, Mitt Romney beat Rick Santorum in the Illinois primary by a convincing margin. And that is the only thing about Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign that has been convincing, in any sense of the word. Rick Santorum gave his election night speech from Gettysburg, PA. I know Rick is from Pennsylvania, but Gettysburg is an odd choice for a guy whose major strength is in the South. Gettysburg sends a great message, Rick. From now on, your campaign is just going to be a slow, painful slog to Appomattox.

Fox News is saying that they never said or implied that President Obama is a Muslim. And even that is hard for them to say without implying that President Obama is a Muslim. Bret Baier said “For the record, we found no examples of a host saying President Obama is a Muslim.” Thanks, Bret. All that proves is that you didn’t look. One Fox News segment was titled “Islam or Isn’t He?” So Fox News is guilty of spreading lies AND using terrible puns to do it. “Islam or Isn’t He?” Really? Who is writing copy for Fox News now, Rip Taylor? Fox News, your corny Islam puns are full of Shiite. But I don’t want to Mecca big deal out of it.

Fox News initially had a hard time deciding how to cover the killing of Trayvon Martin. So they decided to cover it up... kind of like the Sanford Police Department did, and about as successfully. The story is all about race, guns, and crime. You would think Fox News would be all over it. Unfortunately, this story has the wrong bad guy to fit in with the rest of the fairy tales on Fox News. Fox News always has a problem reporting tragedies, because they have a very different idea of what constitutes a tragedy. If this had been the story of a 17-year old black teenager who had managed to vote fraudulently, you’d never hear the end of it.

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The Internet is buzzing about a racial slur ("f**king c**ns") uttered by Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman during his now infamous 911 call. Some dispute the word used, but you can judge for yourself at the 2:21 mark...

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