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ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR: There’s two things happening. One is the influence of big money in politics, and the other is the right-wing control of the American media, particularly starting with Fox News. 95 percent of talk radio in our country is right-wing, and you need, according to Pew survey, and you, so a whole section of our country that that’s what they’re hearing. They wake up in the morning, when they go to bed at night.
Twenty-two percent of Americans say their primary news source is Fox News. I think that that has, that has, it’s divided our country in a way that we haven’t been divided probably since the Civil War, and that it’s empowered these large corporations to get certain kinds of politicians and ideologues who are in the United States Congress elected – the Tea Party ideologues who control the Republican Party.
Editor's note: in case you are missing what is happening in the world of politics, you are witnessing a full court press to exterminate the GOP, and - especially - its conservative membership.
Understand that the Democrats took more "big money" than did the GOP - not by much but, still, their totals were higher than the other Big Government party.
Kennedy's charge that the GOP "controls the American media" is laughable. Indeed, talk radio has more conservative broadcast pundits than the Left, but that is because liberal talk is not a marketable item. PBS needs bail-out money to continue its existence, or so it says. CNN can barely pay its bills and no one (statically) listens to MSNBC, compared to Fox News. Current TV, another extremely liberal outlet, attracts under 100,000 viewers a day and has been broke for five years or longer.
The reason Fox is so popular is because the American populace voluntarily and willingly looks to its broadcast for the political news of the day - period. No one forces the folks to turn on Fox News. All this talk about the Koch brothers and "corporate money" and "media control" is so much blather.
If people do not prefer Fox, it goes broke, plain and simple.
Obama's dealings with Boehner concerning the "fiscal cliff," is another rather transparent strategy designed to destroy the Republican Party. Obama knows, full well, that tax rate hikes are a huge problem for Boehner and the RINO GOP, but, more than this, his decision to demand sole authority over the debt ceiling, is something that proves his lack of integrity when it some to dealing with the GOP. There is simply no possibility that Obama is not aware that the GOP cannot give him this power - even it the "fiscal cliff" is the alternative.
Charles Krauthammer made the charge, several weeks ago, that Obama's "its my way or the highway" drivel is about the destruction of the GOP, and that is, now, clearly the case.
If Obama comes to believe that public opinion will hold him and his party equally responsible, with the next mid-term elections, that might convince him to take a different route. But, for the time being, it appears that he believes a monster fiscal crisis could work in his favor. Think about it: all taxes increase with the first of the year, and Obama, using executive order(s) , rides to the rescue and lowers taxes on the middle class. While he is saving the nation, the Marxist Media blames the GOP and hails the work of the national savior, Hussein Obama and , BAM !!!, the 2014 midterms take the GOP almost completely out of existence.
How do you defeat that strategy without going to war? I have no idea. Let's hope that the Dems come to believe this is working against them on a par with the Republicans.