Winger dingbat Sharron Angle lectures the media on how to cover her
If you’ve ever wondered why Teabagger and Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle runs from the media even at her own press conferences, this interview with Fux News‘ Carl Cameron provides a hint:
Angle: “We needed to have the press be our friend”
Cameron: “Wait a minute. Hold on a second. To be your friend? That sounds naive.”
Angle: “Well, no. 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. And when I get on a show, and I say, ‘Send money to SharronAngle.com,’ so that your listeners will know that if they want to support me they need to go to SharronAngle.com.”
You have to know you’ve just imploded on national television when even a sympathetic interviewer from your party’s own dedicated propaganda channel can’t help but laugh in your face.
Then again, we’re talking about a woman who wants to phase out social security and medicare; withdraw from the UN because it believes in global warming; tells young women that if they get raped they should “turn a lemon into lemonade” and refuse an abortion, and that besides, abortions cause breast cancer; wants to abolish the IRS; make alcohol illegal in Las Vegas; supports building three new coal plants in Ely; supports storing the country’s nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain; thinks that the proposed $20 billion BP Gulf claims account is an Obama Administration slush fund; and finds it disconcerting that should the Rethugs fail to regain power, sporting goods stores everywhere aren’t keeping enough ammunition in stock.
On her former website, since scrubbed, Angle called for the abolition of Pell Grants and the dismantling of the Department of Education; thinks that corporations like BP should be able to regulate themselves; permit health insurance companies to refuse cancer screening; and believes that the unemployed are “spoiled” and considers unemployment insurance an entitlement program as opposed to say, an actual insurance program whose premiums are paid by employers and their employees.
Hardball’s Chris Matthews, Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert, and HuffPo’s Ryan Grim discuss the interview and the larger role that Fux News plays in the industry’s longest running political infomercial. Tweety points out an interesting fact: three of the Rethugs’ front runners for the 2012 presidential nomination— Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Newtie Gingrich— are all paid commentators for Fux News. Boehlert agrees:
“The Fox green room is now sorta the GOP convention in waiting for 2012. They’re all on the payroll.”