Video: Grayson: FOX News the "Enemy of America," Interchangeable with the <i>National Enquirer</i>
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On last night's edition of MSNBC's The Ed Show, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., was asked about the Obama administration's criticism of FOX News. Over the last week, administration officials, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, adviser David Axelrod, and Communications Director Anita Dunn have all painted FOX as "not a news organization," in Emanuel's words.
Asked by host Ed Schultz if the administration was wise to pick a fight with FOX, Grayson replied:
Sure. What you do with a bully is you confront the bully and the bully backs down. That's a good description of FOX News. People come on the air -- they insult them, as they did me, they cut off their mics, as they did me, they shout at them and they interrupt them, as they did me, and they curse at them, as they did me. And why would anybody think that FOX News is some sort of valid news organization like that? FOX News and the National Enquirer are basically interchangeable.
Schultz then played a clip of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., accusing the White House of compiling an "enemies list."
Asked to respond, Grayson said:
You know, FOX News and their Republican collaborators are the enemy of America. They're the enemy of anybody who cares about health care in this country, they're the enemy of anybody who cares about educating their children, the enemy of everybody who cares about energy independence, or anything good for this country, and certainly the enemy of peace.
While Grayson's frankness is admirable -- indeed, much needed. Also much needed is a stylist. Seriously, who dressed you for the teevee, Congressman?
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Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington editor.