Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Roger Ailes

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.


  1. says

    I once mocked someone engaging in projection on a comment thread 1-2 years ago as engaging in projection vomiting.

    IMO Ailes is engaged in more of the same.

    Projection vomiting: it’s a serious medical condition. But now there’s help! Talk to your doctor about Hypocrix® today!

  2. slc1 says

    Re Michael Heath @ #2

    It is my information that the longest home run ever hit was 565 feet by Frank Howard for the old Washington Senators (now the Texas Rangers) at RFK Stadium sometime in the 1960s.

  3. laurentweppe says

    Projection vomiting: it’s a serious medical condition. But now there’s help! Talk to your doctor about Hypocrix® today!

    Is it covered by Obamacare?

  4. vmanis1 says

    “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don’t.” — Robert Benchley

  5. Akira MacKenzie says

    it’s very simple: Obama is dividing America because everyone is suppose to behind the GOP and the politics and ideology that it and Roger expounds.

    Of course, I don’t know Ailes has been the last 5 years. Save a few inconsequential bones thrown to liberals (cough…ACA… cough) to keep them voting Democrat, Obama has done nothing but uphold the status quo the repugs enjoy so much.

    When he punishes the Banksters and robber barons for their part in fucking up the world, rcalls of the wars, einvigorates and expands the welfare state, and tell the religionists to fuck off, then I accept his “left-wing” status. Until then, Obama is just another contemptable capitalist pig in bed with the churches, the military, and Wall Street.

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