Fox News: Westboro Baptist Church a ‘Left-Wing Cult’

Pointing out Fox News’ editorial bias is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, and almost not worth noting anymore. Still, examples like this do an excellent job of illustrating the “news” network’s willingness to sacrifice fact in favor of its national agenda as an arm of the Republican party.

The caption from this screenshot describes the notoriously homophobic fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church as a “left-wing cult”. Left-wing as compared to Fox News, maybe, but not in any normal sense of the term. The writer also takes pains to describe church leader Fred Phelps as a “Democrat”. It should be noted that Phelps was born and raised in the Mississippi of the 1940s. At that time, the southern branch of the Democratic Party was extremely conservative: staunch supporters of segregation and the preservation of “the Southern way of life”. It just didn’t mean the same thing as it does today. Describing Phelps as a left-wing democrat is pure madness, but that’s par for the course for Fox News.

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  • Ted Heistman

    These Westboro folks have a weird fetish about being hated. That’s how I look at it. BDSM is fine if its between consenting adults. But I think a lot of people are unwitting participants in their little freak.

    • alizardx

      WBC source of income lawsuit judgments against people who attack them. Being outrageous can be a profitable lifestyle if one’s stomach is strong enough.

      • Ted Heistman

        Yeah, well, there is not much coming into the offering plate. Its basically just this dudes extended family.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647058614 Will Coles

          The sad thing is that it’s almost impossible to deal with them, they thrive on hatred, that directed at them, & to stop everyone from reacting is impossible.They’re that kind of truly disgusting people that hide behind ‘freedom of speech’ whilst wanting to ban it.

          • Ted Heistman

            if nobody gave them oxygen they wouldn’t burn.

      • Matt Staggs

        Quite true. They’re trolls writ large, and from what I understand, they make a good living at it.

    • mannyfurious

      Yeah, I’ve gotten into a lot of what ended up being heated arguments with friends about this (heated on their part, not mine), because I say that by giving them attention, specifically angry attention, we’re giving them exactly what they want and they accomplish their goal. These people are mostly harmless little geeks with no spine and even less brains. My friends say things like, “Somebody should shoot them,” but that would only accomplish their goals even more. These people are the literal manifestation of the idea of a “troll.” They go around pissing people off for attention and getting off on them. They receive what little power they have from whatever attention they can get. Ignore them, or better yet, genuinely laugh at them, and you suck away whatever power they have.

      Good god, sometimes I feel as if I’m the only one who ever read “Something Wicked this Way Comes.”

      • Ted Heistman

        Yeah, I never read it. Its Good? What is it about? Is it like the Screw tape letters?

        • mannyfurious

          I’ve never read the Screw-tape Letters, although now that I’ve looked it up, it looks intriguing. The point is, I can’t compare the two.

          Something Wicked This Way comes is about an evil, magical carnival that enters a small town and starts immediately corrupting the residents of the town. The only two people on to what’s going on are two 13-year-old boys, who, of course, are not properly equipped to deal with such a situation, and who no one believes. Eventually one of the boys’ middle-aged, somewhat deflated-by-life father becomes involved once he learns the boys are telling the truth. Perhaps I’ve already written too much. And I’ve already spoiled the ending a bit in my last post. But it’s worth the read, although some people don’t get off on Bradbury.

          • Ted Heistman

            I think I might vaguely remember the movie. I’ll check out the book, thanks. I’m always on the lookout for well written science fiction.

          • echar

            I tried reading it, but I found it to be a boring piece of pro christianity.

  • alizardx

    Looks like somebody at FoxNews is reading Orwell’s books as “how-to” manuals.

  • Ted Heistman

    Yeah, its obviously an awkward misdirection on the part of Fox News, but a lot of left Wingers would like to believe that deep down all Republicans are exactly like the Phelpses, backwards in the extreme, hateful bigoted, etc.

    People have a lot of hate and they don’t know where to put it, even ‘enlightened’ liberal people. Because its obviously not liberal or open minded to have hatreds. So the Phelpses say, in essence “give it to us. Direct it at us. By hating us you prove to us that we are right.”

    I think all this negative emotional energy goes right to the astral parasites people have speculated about. The Phelpses are conduits for this type of energy feeding.

    • echar

      Well said. Thank you, I will ponder this more.

    • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

      interesting, but a false comparison. there is a very distinct difference between hating minorities (Republicans) and hating those who hate minorities.

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        I’m not convinced.

        First, are those who hate minorities a minority?

        If so, then we’re back to hating a minority.

        Second, is the total amount of hate somehow reduced by this new hate?

        If not, then this seems to be more of the same.

        • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

          That’s kind of how I look at it, but I find that if I point that out certain people will always think that I have a hidden agenda. The smart thing to do is not say anything. What it comes down to is a type of karma. Getting sucked into polarizing debates has to do with karma.

          Best thing to do is cut the karmic chord.

      • echar

        Hate is hate, no matter how you rationalize it.

        • Jin The Ninja

          actually in practice, racism is much more devastating as it uses institutional, social and legal force to oppress a demographic.

          • echar

            That’s your version, my version is more strict.

          • Jin The Ninja

            your version of what? hate? racism?

          • echar

            Sure

          • Jin The Ninja

            please specify.

          • echar

            I don’t want to talk semantics, nor intellectualize hate.

          • Jin The Ninja

            the definition of racism is neither semantics nor intellectualising hate. you must first deconstruct the beast if you are to defeat it. more likely, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            You basically picked a stupid argument with him and now you think he is stupid because he wouldn’t engage you. You talk about racism all the time in an annoying way and more or less imply that anyone who finds it annoying is obviously a stupid racist.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i never implied echar is or was ever racist, i simply think it is far more insidious and pervasive than was implied above.

  • DeepCough

    Okay, on this one, Fox News isn’t being stupid, they’re just a tad confused: the Democratic Party is not a
    “Left-wing party” (not when it receives major contributions from corporate donors, too).

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    The same people who label Hitler as a radical left winger?

  • http://twitter.com/traccan222 jordan hamilton

    In no way is Fred Phelps a left-winger. He fought for civil rights in Kansas as a practicing lawyer in the 1960′s in Kansas. Big deal. Barry Goldwater and Dwight Eisenhower fought for civil rights too, and they are not left-wingers.

  • DrunkReport.com

    Um… Segregation is not a right-wing value. This post makes no sense, bro. Equating anti-gay bigotry with conservatism is not an argument. Neither is saying “Fox News said it so it must be wrong”. This post has zero facts or information. disappointing considering how easy the targets of both FNC and the Westoboro cult are.

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