Last night, speaking at Breindel Awards, Fox News honcho Roger Ailes took great pains to let the gathered audience know what a golly-darned patriotic America-lover he and his network are:
"We've become increasingly successful, and yet we've been increasingly criticized...Sometimes for being too pro-American. Sometimes we're too pro-Israel. Sometimes too pro-democracy...I've been quoted as saying, 'This is a great country.' A lot of people are trying to get in, nobody's trying to get out...The press is an essential pillar of that democracy. The press didn't invent democracy. Democracy invented freedom of the press. So we will investigate anything and find the truth, and report it, but we do not get up every morning, assuming that our country is guilty. We just happen to like democracy."
Stirring stuff! At least up until the part where he likened his organization to the sworn enemy of our democracy, that is. Referring to those Democratic candidates who have vowed not to participate in the Fox-hosted debate, Ailes said, "The candidates that can't face Fox, can't face Al Qaeda. And that's what's coming."
Naturally, none dared to call this deranged. Well, at least until now.
"Hold on a minute," you're saying, "Of course, answering Brit Hume's questions about the issues is the exact same thing as facing down a terrorist threat!" Well, perhaps. But, if we accept that having the courage to face the Fox network is the equivalent of having the necessary qualities to protect this nation from terrorism, that it should logically follow that if the full slate of Democratic candidates change their mind and appear at the Fox debate, they should all be entitled to a blanket endorsement from Fox, stating that each one of them has the stones to take on al Qaeda. Well, just think about that for a second. It doesn't take a genius to know that you'd lose your shirt betting on that outcome...which is kinda sorta why many of the Democratic candidates have no interest in participating in the debate.
Of course, Ailes would be well-served to cool the rhetoric over his precious debate until such time as his own network achieves the level of competence necessary to, say...correctly identify the people who are signed up as the co-sponsors of said debate. For our part, we at Eat The Press love our country as well, and we hope that our terrorist enemies will always be plagued by the mind-numbing confusion evinced by the people in Ailes' employ.