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Raw Story Picked This Up On The Sunday talkers (I missed this one)

It appears that the Fox News network is an “arm of the Republican Party.” Gee, who knew?

Here’s the clip:

clipped from rawstory.com
The White House’s communications director says that Fox News is little more than a wing of the Republican Party.

“The reality of it is that Fox News often operates as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party,” Anita Dunn told CNN’s Howard Kurtz on Sunday. “And it’s not ideological. I mean, obviously there are many commentators who are conservative, liberal, centrist, and everybody understands that. What I think is fair to say about Fox is — and certainly the way we view it — is that it really is more of a wing of the Republican Party.”

Dunn was responding to Kurtz’s question about her appearance in a Time magazine article, published Thursday, in which she described Fox News as “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”

“They are boosting their audience,” Time quoted her as saying. “But that doesn’t mean we are going to sit back.”

Time described Dunn as “the general” in the White House’s war against Fox News:

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David Brin ponders if stupidity is leading us to another Civil War…

This long essay was found in the new Open Salon blog section. David Brin, a prolific scientist, lecturer, science fiction author and television commentator (The Universe, Life After People) has taken a view that the radical right has debased conservatism and is leading us into a very poor repeat of 1861.

Here’s a quick section:

But all right, Rush and Rupert and Sean and Glenn and Tafik. Go ahead. Push hard enough to finally wake up the real United States — the “Blue America” that seems all mushy because it always tries reason first. The citified sophisticates who have, for generations, sent vast net-flows of their taxes toward the red counties that then bit that generous hand with rants about the “decadent cities…” even though those cities have proved to be more moral, by far. (Compare rates of divorce, domestic violence, teen sex, STDs and yes, even abortion!)

Even though those cities are the front lines in the modern war on terror. Even though it was city folk who proved their courage and resilience, standing up for their country on 9/11.

Remember what finally happened almost a century and a half ago, Rush. Pushed too far, and as a last resort, those “decadent” Americans rose up. They donned that color blue and wore it proudly to defend the Union — and the dream — with their very lives.

If that has your curiosity going, you can read the whole article (and a lot of thoughtful comments) HERE.