I imagine that working as an ‘analyst’ for Fox News feels a lot like being the Evil Queen’s mirror in Snow White; constantly having to constantly reflect on the face of malevolence, and describe it as ‘the fairest of them all.’
The Fox News ‘imagineers‘ were working overtime Tuesday night, gushing over speeches by Chris Christie and Ann Romney. Wild-eyed sincere-bot Megyn Kelly and suit-filler Brett Baier were co-hosting a panel consisting of Charles Krauthammer, Brit Hume and Juan Williams. And by ‘co-hosting,’ I mean they were guiding the panel through their well-rehearsed routine, much like Queen Ann guides Rafalca through his. Everything was going well: the unnaturally stiff Krauthammer had just heaped praise upon both Christie and Ann Romney, driving the hyperbole gauge deep into the red zone, and Williams, too, had nothing but admiration for Christie. Then the unthinkable happened:
Juan Williams gave an honest opinion.
He dismissed Ann Romney as a “corporate wife” whose stories about hardship left him unconvinced. At that moment it seemed like all the air had been sucked out of the auditorium; all the positivity and sunshine Fox’s magic mirror had been reflecting clouded over:
“They stories she told about struggles, it’s hard for me to believe. I mean, she’s a very rich woman, and I know that, and America knows that.”
“It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life. She’s not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country or married women or separated — she did not convince me that, ‘You know what? I understand the struggles of American women in general.”
The panel was flummoxed! Ann Romney doesn’t understand the struggles of the American woman? What a bizarre notion. In the Fox universe Ann Romney never referred to voters as “you people” or concluded that Latinos are “biased.” The narrative calls for her to be a stay-at-home mom, down to earth and accessible. Quick, somebody do something!
Brit Hume, loyal as a dog, leaped in to steer the conversation back into the land of lollipops and rainbows:
“I think that was the single most effective political speech I’ve ever heard given by a political wife. I think a lot of women would look at her, particularly mothers, married women; and find her utterly admirable and utterly credible.”
Whew, that’s more like it!
You can watch the video here. The truth starts at about 2:30, and is called to an abrupt halt by 3:05:
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