PoliticsNation | March 04, 2013
>>> the republican party . everybody knows that. but at least they have their pals at fox news to cover their every move or copy it. just listen to how they embraced the gop's talking points on wasteful spending.
>> hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars for a musical.
>> we're spending $325,000 for robotic squirrels?
>> musicals, liquor and squirrels, oh my. but the pictures used in that fox story were very familiar.
>> they're almost the same from the press release. on the left is the fox graphic about a climate change musical. on the right is the one from the nrcc. and that robotic squirrel is on double duty. we've heard of kissing cousins , but this is ridiculous. joining me now is joe madison . joe, thanks for being here tonight. i know they say imitation is the serious form of flattery. but do these talking points cross the line?
>> what's new? not only does it cross the line, but reverend sharpton, they are just stomping on the line. number one, those of us that are honest, we get talking points from all sorts of sources. but don't we always tell people who the sources are so if anything, they can get themselves, too. they can be critical thinkers so that they can consider the source and know exactly where it's come from. this is not new. it reminds me of a kid in the classroom who cheats and thinks they're getting away with it and the teacher catches them because it's almost identical and fox doesn't have the decency to tell everyone, look, this is where we got it from.
>> that's the poimpblt. we all may have a preference and we may say who we like or support, but to actually deceive the public, i mean, in this segment, where fox recreated the gop press release, the guest was congressman grave waldon. he chairs the national republican congressional committee which came up with those talking points . now, take a listen.
>> now, joe, this woul be funny if it wasn't so brazen. fox news basically takes the republican talking points and then asked the republicans about them as if he never saw them before. i mean, is this serious?
>> and gives the impression like i'm so studious and i'm so intelligent. i just happened to think this up and it really shows how lazy they really are. i mean, they're not everyone smart enough and decent enough to be created. so who do they think they're fooling? well, i guess they're fooling people who are stupid enough to accept it.
>> now, when you look at the history here, i mean, first of all, look at the whole history of how it's been clearly been in the tank with this party from before. the parent company donated a million dollars to the republican association. they supported the tea party movement. so, clearly, they've made it clear where they are. even former governor john huntsman notice d a fox connection at the republican debates . he said i looked down the debate stage and half of them were probably on fox contracts at one point in their career.
>> they end up on the contract after their political career. this is the sad aspect of when the fairness doctrine ended. when i first started off in talk radio , we had a fairness doctrine . if you had one side on, you had to have the other side on. now, you can own all the media out lets in a single town and drown out the other voices.
>> i have nothing against people having opinions. i certainly express mine. but to be reading other people's talking points , using their graphics and then asking them questions like they don't know what you're going to ask what the answers are, now, that is not an opinion. that's trying to play the public as being stupid. joe ma dayson, thank you for your time tonight.
>> always good to see you. like, in selma, really enjoyed it. why we must continue to fight next. [ female