Poor Bill

My mother has high blood pressure. Her doctor told her to change her diet. I told her to stop watching Fox News.

“Please Mom, don’t you want to live long enough to be put in that nursing home I promised you? Think of your children!”

Anyway, she tried cutting down. She won’t quit. She’s drunk on that rush of fear that comes just before the commercial break. “Will the terrorists strike in your town? Some people think so – after our break find out!”

So, this is how I know what Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points are without ever actually watching his show. It’s my mother’s statement of any political discussion. And apparently O’Reilly, like a lot of the conservative screaming heads, is obsessed with moralizing the wretched photos of the Katrina victims. “Many, many, many of the poor in New Orleans are in that condition. They weren’t going to leave no matter what you did. They were drug-addicted,” he states. Wagging his finger at all the depravity of their ‘condition’.

The condition, that of being poor, making around $8,000 a year, is portrayed as a character flaw. If you are poor – there is something wrong with you. Never mind that 37 million Americans, or 12.7% of us are impoverished. You want to make poverty go away, make people that are poor feel bad about their situation. AS IF being poor doesn’t already suck…

Say this is true. Say it’s true that if you are poor it’s because you lack moral character. It’s because you are too lazy to go to college and get a good paying job and it is a matter of personal responsibily that you pull yourself out of that. If you don’t it’s because you’re a failure.

By that reasoning, you know whose better than all those 37 million Americans?
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paris
She’s flawless!

6 Comments Poor Bill

  1. Michael Hussey

    Ever notice how interviews on the cable news shows are alot like those interviews with professional wrestlers before they get into the ring? Do conservatives really think that Bill O’Reilly is going to get into tights (try not to visualize that part) and get into the ring to kick Alan Colmes ass … Actually, that might be interesting.

    Fox News is as staged as wrestling. They don’t do real investigative reporting. When Geraldo Rivera and Shepard Smith went off script to screwed up Sean Hannity. We have really reached the point when TV news is like the movie Network.

  2. Michael Hussey

    I think Jerry Springer’s Final Thought is hysterical. He brings people on his show to create conflict and then doe a Rodney King “can’t we all just get along.” I’m surprised no one has given Jessie Taylor more crap for working for Springer. I love his blog and get along well with Amanda, but it’s Jerry Springer the dude is working for. Employment has really be hard to come by.

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