Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Sharron Angle wants to control the media

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Sharron Angle
Sharron Angle
[source: Club for Growth]

Pop quiz, everyone: What are some of the key defining characteristics of a theocratic wingnut? A) Their political platform consists mostly (if not solely) of rotting talking points. B) They engage in censorship of criticism. C) Some of their social values can, at best, be qualified as “archaic” (and at worst, “monstrous”). D) They hate, distrust and try to avoid the mainstream media, to the point where they: E) Appear mostly (if not solely) on select conservative networks – ie. mostly (if not solely) Fox “News”.

No, I’m not talking about Sarah Palin, but fellow sister-in-lunacy, GOP nominee and hardcore teabagger Sharron Angle (R-Nevada). The thing is, however, that when wingnuts get comfortable on channels such as Fox “News”, they start spilling the beans more clearly. Here’s how Angle actually wants the media to approach her and her views:

"We needed to have the press be our friend," Angle said in an interview that aired on Fox over the weekend.

"Wait a minute. Hold on a second. To be your friend?" said a disbelieving Carl Cameron. Before Angle could fully answer, he added: "That sounds naive." Apparently this was too much for even him.

"Well, no," said Angle. "We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

You’d think she would at least try not to be so bluntly honest about it. Appearances matter, don’t ya know, and she just revealed herself as the true incarnation of a Wingnut (yes, with a capital ‘W’): Someone who vies to control the way they’re presented in the news so that nothing critical ever gets out to tarnish their image.

I’d list a few well-known historical examples of people who engaged in exactly this sort of behavior, but really, it’s just too easy.

(via Fark)