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Liberal Pundit Sally Kohn Sings Kumbaya to Fox News.
Thy Black Man ^ | April 18, 2014 | Eric L. Wattree

Posted on 04/18/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In her Article, “What I Learned As a Liberal Talking Head For Fox News,” for The Christian Science Monitor, Sally Kohn indicated that while working for Fox News, she had what can best be described as an epiphany. She said, “For a radical progressive who once harbored negative stereotypes about folks on the right, it was a turning point for me: Though Sean Hannity or Sarah Palin and I disagree profoundly on politics – they’re personable, kind, and human. If you want to persuade people, you can’t demonize them.”

. She went on to say, “And no one will even listen to your argument, let alone agree with you, if they think you don’t like them . . .That is the essence of my lessons from working at Fox News and the idea behind what I call “emotional correctness” – that the key to persuasion, the key to being an effective communicator in general, in any aspect of life, is making authentic, compassionate emotional connections. Emotional correctness is how we say what we say. It’s not only the words or tone we use but the feelings we signal when we communicate. It’s how we show respect for others even if we don’t agree with their opinions.”

. In response to Ms. Sally Kohn’s love letter to the people at Fox News, I can only say that while she’s obviously learned to embraced the lyrics of Kumbaya in a very passionate way, she’s just as obviously learned very little about fact-driven, objective journalism.

. The national interest of this country is much too important a subject to be based on “emotional correctness.” It is essential that we base our policies and governance on facts, not our ability to schmooze one another. And the fact is, the conservative agenda is based on selfishness, bigotry, greed, and carefully contrived lies, and we should never try to tap dance around that issue. Another fact is, the problem is not that the left is being too strident in attacking the fraud of the conservative agenda at all. The problem is, they’re not being strident enough in making it clear to the American people that conservative propaganda is just that - propaganda – and should be dismissed out of hand.

. One of the biggest problems that we’ve had in this country for the past 35 years is that progressives have been so polite in addressing the complete idiocy of the conservative agenda that it’s led the public to believe the facts are debatable. This tendency toward timidity on the part of the left started during the Reagan administration. The American public became so enamored – and bamboozled – by Ronald Reagan’s “aw shucks,” John Wayne-like persona that the left gave him a pass in fear of antagonizing the public, and then later, when Dan Rather was excommunicated from his public platform for relating the facts regarding George W. Bush’s missing-in-action status when he was supposed to be serving this country in the military, that reinforced that timidity on the part of the press, when it came to confronting the GOP.

.But history is clear – for the past one hundred years the conservative agenda has repeatedly shown itself to be a disaster, and a bane to the economic health of this nation, and it’s past time for both politicians, and journalists, to start bringing that fact out for public scrutiny. Due to the brutal assault on our educational system over the past thirty years, there’s an entire generation of Americans who are completely clueless to the GOP’s history.

. The Wall Street meltdown took place after eight years of George W. Bush, and the Great Depression took place after twelve years of Republican rule. Thus, Democrat, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to come in and save America from, Republican, Herbert Hoover’s incompetence; Democrat, Bill Clinton had to come in and save America from, Republican, Ronald Reagan’s incompetence; and now, Democrat, Barack Obama has had to come in and clean up after, Republican, George W. Bush’s gross incompetence. For the past one hundred years, every time the Democrats have moved the nation a step forward, Americans begin to feel comfortable, upwardly mobile, and elect Republicans, only to be dragged two steps back. Now those are the facts.

. Of course, I expect to be brutally attacked by Ms. Sally Kohn’s “emotionally correct” friends on the right, but I assure you, it’ll only be a spitball attack, and not on the facts, because they can’t challenge the facts.

. Ms. Kohn also said, “Sean Hannity is one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet – and even now that I’ve parted ways with Fox, he remains a good friend and mentor.”

. What does Sean Hannity’s personality have to do with truth, or this nation’s survival? Absolutely nothing, and the mere fact that a nationally known journalist would take the time to write an article spewing this nonsense is not only beyond chilling, but quite instructive of the huge problem that we have in journalism today.

. Schmoozing should never be a part of any serious debate. We’re trying to save this nation, not sell vacuum cleaners. There’s only one issue that’s relevant to the public debate on this issue – who was the last Republican president who DIDN’T drag America under a bus? And every progressive in America should be shouting that question from every rooftop – period.

Mr. Wattree


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; liberals; media; msm; obama; palin; sallykohn; talkradio; television
No one leaves the plantation. NO ONE!
1 posted on 04/18/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for this article.


2 posted on 04/18/2014 8:43:10 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow..., ugly as well as stupid....


3 posted on 04/18/2014 8:43:15 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She will NOT be missed.


4 posted on 04/18/2014 8:45:11 PM PDT by Gumdrop (Q)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Once again, Mr. Watree, I ask that you name one conservative policy that is racist or bigoted. You throw out the label but like all liberals, you NEVER name a specific policy.


5 posted on 04/18/2014 8:45:17 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If you want to persuade people, you can’t demonize them.”...obviously has not received her copy of the Alinsky Playbook from the DNC.......
6 posted on 04/18/2014 8:45:59 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The American public became so enamored – and bamboozled – by Ronald Reagan’s “aw shucks,” John Wayne-like persona that the left gave him a pass in fear of antagonizing the public

One of the few benefits of being so old is to have witnessed events others try to distort. This author is clearly psychotic; the left gave Reagan a pass? Are you kidding??

then later, when Dan Rather was excommunicated from his public platform for relating the facts regarding George W. Bush’s missing-in-action status when he was supposed to be serving this country in the military, that reinforced that timidity on the part of the press, when it came to confronting the GOP.

It was Free Republic, of all sites, that unmasked Dan Rather's fraudulent documents and led to his "excommunication" contrary to this sadly deluded author's assertions that he related "facts."

7 posted on 04/18/2014 8:47:16 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is that Al Sharpton..can’t tell the difference..stupid is written on both of their faces


8 posted on 04/18/2014 9:01:34 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Wateree, one simple question: Do you want general racial war?

Yes or no? YES OR NO?


9 posted on 04/18/2014 9:06:11 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Wattree:

1. Lose some weight.
2. Lose some more weight.
3. What major political party was associated with the KKK?
4. Who put Japanese Americans in detention camps?
5. Who ordered the dropping of atomic bombs on civilians?
6. Who started the Vietnam war?
7. Who was president during the dot.com crash?
8. Who encouraged blacks to abandon traditional sexual morality and destroy their families and their children's futures?
9. Who controls the "racist" public schools you are always complaining about?
10 posted on 04/18/2014 9:06:30 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle
One more:

10. Which party is primarily responsible for paying Planned Parenthood to kill black babies?
11 posted on 04/18/2014 9:08:27 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“And the fact is...”

I really, really dislike it when people say that, and follow it with a lot of subjective opinion and blathering diatribe.

What a doofus.


12 posted on 04/18/2014 9:10:04 PM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The stupid is strong with this one.


13 posted on 04/18/2014 9:10:19 PM PDT by allblues (God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat but Satan is definitely a Democrat)
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To: Gumdrop

What Kohn said is decent, and shows that she is a fair person. You want to hate on someone, save it for this dope who wrote this article, who can’t think for himself, only spews the party line.

Kohn didn’t have to say what she did, but I respect her for it. She will of course get beaten up for doing so.


14 posted on 04/18/2014 9:14:02 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob
"She will of course get beaten up for doing so."

She already is. This guy's article is one of those that would require a point-by-point rebuttal, but you know it's a waste of time. The guy is a bigoted moron.
15 posted on 04/18/2014 9:17:42 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Due to the brutal assault on our educational system over the past thirty years . . . "

I wonder what he means by that? The main assault that I can think of is that of liberal educators who lowered or eliminated standards to appease people like Mr. Wattree.
16 posted on 04/18/2014 9:22:12 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m was no English major in college but this article has way too many comma’s.


17 posted on 04/18/2014 9:28:35 PM PDT by Finatic (I ran out of change and have given up on hope. FUBO, I am so sick of your sorry a$$ you effin punk)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Both Sally Kohn and Kirsten experienced an epiphany of sorts on Fox. I respect them both for having the courage to come out and say these things. The left dislikes their drones getting along with conservatives when they could be doing something more useful, like shouting slogans and libelous statements for the cameras.


18 posted on 04/18/2014 9:42:06 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never heard of this guy and don’t care if I ever read another thing from him.


19 posted on 04/18/2014 9:46:55 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Retarded is retarded. You cannot fix it.


20 posted on 04/18/2014 10:17:52 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
talk about fact-driven

The Wall Street meltdown took place after eight years of George W. Bush,..."

He must have forgotten things didn't go south until the RATS won both house in 2006 and started 2007 with damn near veto-proof congress.
21 posted on 04/18/2014 10:20:16 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wall Street meldown was caused by Bill Clinton and Robert Rubin by engineering removal of Glass-Steagall act. Removing that act enabled banks to use depositor’s money for risky derivatives and other leveraged schemes.

The resulting mess reached breaking point near the end of GWB’s 2nd term, although he had nothing to do with it. Unfortunately GWB did not have enough sense to re-institute Glass-Steagall when republicans had the majority in congress.


22 posted on 04/18/2014 10:21:18 PM PDT by entropy12
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To: Steve_Seattle
11) Under which President did black-Americans see their greatest economic gains?

Hint: Ronald Reagan

12) How have black-Americans done economically under the first Black President?

Pretty sure that 50% black teen unemployment under Obama is not a good thing. And 18% for all working age blacks under Obama is damn near a disgrace. You'd have to go back to the 1930s to find worse numbers.

23 posted on 04/18/2014 10:50:29 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
10. Which party is primarily responsible for paying Planned Parenthood to kill black babies?

How many more 'Watrees" would grace our landscape without the scourge of abortion? How many Knockout Game victims went unpunched today?

24 posted on 04/18/2014 10:50:37 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Immigration without assimilation is the death of a nation)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And Kohn’s point is well taken. Mr Wattree’s article is hatefully predictable and thus will appeal to only those with the same hateful beliefs. Sally is correct in the value of how something is said being as important as what is said. What she needs to understand is that conservatism is about encouraging personal liberty, which appeals to intellect, reason and truth, and can be debated reasonably and respectfully. On the other hand liberalism is fraudulent, selfish, and depressive and MUST NOT be debated but accepted without regard to history,conscious, or personal integrity.
Those like Mr Wattree cling to the negative and the hate, and are only interested in limiting others liberty by shouting them down as propagandists, as evidenced by his statements.
Those like Hannity and other conservatives respect liberty and freedom and encourage intellectual debate, as evidenced by Kohns experience.


25 posted on 04/18/2014 10:59:42 PM PDT by snappahead (if your gonna be dumb, you better be tough.)
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To: DemforBush

They’re so used to getting away with that, including with the msm, that they now think everyone’s too stupid to see it.


26 posted on 04/18/2014 11:01:21 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: bigbob

I’d bet she gets “shamed” into walking it back. We all know how the race baiters act when someone looks like straying off the plantation. The delinquent can’t take the ostracism and runs back.


27 posted on 04/18/2014 11:03:41 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: boop

Thank you for the additions to the list.


28 posted on 04/18/2014 11:49:04 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Finatic

I would not disagree, but would observe that your comment contains a feral apostrophe.


29 posted on 04/18/2014 11:55:26 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: lee martell

Both Sally Kohn and Kirsten experienced an epiphany of sorts on Fox. I respect them both for having the courage to come out and say these things.
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Me, too. I would also add Juan Williams and Bob Beckel, even though both are hard-core RATS. They don’t always toe the line on spouting the Dem talking points. Alan Colmes is a total lost cause, who must have toked too much in whatever schools he attended.


30 posted on 04/19/2014 1:52:30 AM PDT by octex
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To: stylin19a

He must have forgotten things didn’t go south until the RATS won both house in 2006 and started 2007 with damn near veto-proof congress.
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Exactly what I try to point out to others, but they still blame Bush.

Then, I explain that Clinton was the magic-man, because it was the GOP had both houses for the last SIX years of his terms; yet, the Dems still give him credit for the positives.


31 posted on 04/19/2014 1:57:02 AM PDT by octex
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To: boop

Pretty sure that 50% black teen unemployment under Obama is not a good thing. And 18% for all working age blacks under Obama is damn near a disgrace. You’d have to go back to the 1930s to find worse numbers.
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Yet, the liberals and the DOJ (redundant, I know) continue to trumpet that blacks are being arrested and jailed at a rate that’s not equal or fair. .....The idiots don’t understand that people who can’t make a living at a real job have to get money through crime.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 2:05:43 AM PDT by octex
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To: freebilly

“Sally Sasquatch”


33 posted on 04/19/2014 2:11:11 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: stormhill

That was an epic night on FR! Buckhead started the ball rolling by questioning the font of the “paper work” and it just became a tsunami after that . Dan Rather ever after that looked a deer in the head lights


34 posted on 04/19/2014 3:17:46 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only in America can someone be excoriated for suggesting demonizing those with whom we disagree is wrong.


35 posted on 04/19/2014 3:29:11 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Stupid comes in many colors


36 posted on 04/19/2014 3:30:59 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Steve_Seattle
5. Who ordered the dropping of atomic bombs on civilians?

It was Harry Truman in an action that arguably saved tens of thousands of lives on both sides.

37 posted on 04/19/2014 5:08:33 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thank God I won’t have to see this ugly hag or listen to her screeching voice any longer.

She was a robot for the progressive left and was programmed to spew out liberal garbage every time she opened her ugly mouth.


38 posted on 04/19/2014 5:23:02 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: entropy12

Even before that. Shortly after he was elected, Clinton instructed Janet Reno to threaten lending institutions to relax standards for buying homes leading to the sub-prime mortgages. That was the start. And if we want to be really technical, we can go back to Jimmy Carter whose admin passed the Community Reinvestment Act that precipitated the whole thing. Reagan and GHW Bush were sane enough to ignore the act. Clinton couldn’t wait to start it up again.


39 posted on 04/19/2014 6:28:55 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let me know when Mr. Wattree moves to Detroit - then I might consider taking the trouble to refute the idiocy of his support for donkey party socialism.


40 posted on 04/19/2014 7:01:08 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Wattree's unfortunately idiotic comments make it clear that there is no appealing to reason with many minority voices. They don't want to be reasoned with. Reagan was not attacked by the left when he was in office? Is this guy out of his mind? He must be, because I remember daily, nasty attacks on Reagan by virtually every left-wing talking head and scribbler extant at that time. Wattree also goes into extensive praise for FDR who kept the economy from recovering with his bone-headed, socialist economic policies.

It's useless to try to argue with people like Wattree. They don't want to hear anything but their own words. "Big Government Is Great!" say the Wattrees of the country. There's no reasoning with an ossified brain.

41 posted on 04/19/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: luvbach1
"It was Harry Truman in an action that arguably saved tens of thousands of lives on both sides."

I've never accepted that.
42 posted on 04/19/2014 6:35:46 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: luvbach1

One more thing: keep in mind my comment was directed at the kind of liberals who say that waterboarding a few AQ terrorists was just about the worst thing this country ever did, the worst betrayal of our values.


43 posted on 04/19/2014 6:37:54 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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Of course, I expect to be brutally attacked by Ms. Sally Kohn’s “emotionally correct” friends on the right, but I assure you, it’ll only be a spitball attack, and not on the facts, because they can’t challenge the facts.

...and what facts would those be?

44 posted on 04/19/2014 6:40:05 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
"It was Harry Truman in an action that arguably saved tens of thousands of lives on both sides."

I've never accepted that.

I did say it was arguable. But I'm convinced, as were Truman and his generals, that a ground invasion of Japan, which was the planned alternative to the A-bombs, would have caused at least as many Japanese casualties as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks, and more importantly from an American point of view, a tremendous loss of American lives. I, and many others, applaud Truman for making his decision on that basis.

45 posted on 04/19/2014 9:22:56 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Steve_Seattle
One more thing: keep in mind my comment was directed at the kind of liberals who say that waterboarding a few AQ terrorists was just about the worst thing this country ever did, the worst betrayal of our values.

I understood your point. I just didn't think A-bombing the Japanese in the context of total war, and in view of the gross atrocities the Japanese had committed, was a betrayal of our values.

46 posted on 04/19/2014 9:26:33 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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