The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who exhibit a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents and critics of their own worst traits. And this one is a doozy. Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, says that President Obama is trying to make Americans hate each other.
Roger Ailes is kvetching. “The president likes to divide people into groups,” he huffs into the phone. “He’s too busy getting the middle class to hate rich people, blacks to hate whites. He is busy trying to get everybody to hate each other.” With that off his chest, Ailes gets back on message. “We need to get along,” he says.
Seriously, does he watch his own network? Its primary goal seems to be to divide people up and make them fear and hate one another. According to Fox News, the reason why state and local governments are in fiscal trouble isn’t because the economy tanked and reduced tax revenues, it’s because evil teachers are being paid too much to indoctrinate children into becoming gay Muslims. Or because firefighters and government clerks get good benefits.
This seems to be the dominant theme on the right these days, an attempt to paint their opponents as being whatever they are, to the third power. The Christian right isn’t bigoted, the people who point out that they’re bigots are the real bigots. It’s the “I know you are but what am I” strategy.