Fallout from Fox News?


FoxNews LogoThe 11 months I have spent going on FoxNews.com’s The Strategy Room have been so enjoyable, not to mention so rewarding and so educational, that I seriously debated whether to write this post for several days.

As you may know, last Thursday I wound up debating a trumped-up, ginned-up, intellectually fraudulent flag-and-healthcare fracas with a conservative, Armstrong Williams, on Fox News on TV.

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Here — forgive me, but it was pretty exciting for me — is the clip:

Why am I writing about this yet again? Because once I was done with the segment, I high-tailed back to the studio where The Strategy Room airs/streams, and while on the elevator I checked my Blackberry. Already the hate mail was pouring in. I mean, pouring. And so it has been sitting in my in-box and the question has been what to do with it — do I delete it? frame it? recite it in public? create a one-person play from it and submit it to the New York International Fringe Festival? — and whether any of it should be discussed at the Clyde Fitch Report.

I have concluded that without attaching the names of the people who emailed me their bile, their bile is as good an indicator as any of how the nation may be lurching, perhaps even inexorably, toward a kind of cold civil war.

And so, without further ado, here are a few selections — you’ll notice the hostility level increase with each one:

Email 1:

I’m not sure what immoral moron you had on Fox News this morning (October 29, 2009), but if this is who your hero is, I won’t bother with your webpage again. It’s people like you as to why this country is in the trouble it is.

Analysis: This is pretty tame, actually. It was the first one I received. You’ll notice the tonal change as I move through the rest of them.

Email 2:

Saw you attempt to argue your points just now on Fox news. Thanks for proving to the Nation that you are an idiot. Must have been breast feed by a Donkey!

Analysis: The writer obviously cannot discern between past tense (which would be “breast fed”) and present tense (“breast feed”), and my landlord, I must confess, wouldn’t cotton to an ass living on the property. Funny how the word “nation” is initial capped and the word “news” is lowercase.

Email 3:

I saw you this morning on Fox. You are a condescending, arrogant ass. Aside from that you are also not very attractive.

Analysis: Now, I have sent the YouTube link of the segment to about 20 people, and I accept a few criticisms about my performance, including the fact that I blinked too much (initially) and arguably — what a shocker — came off too smug. Some have agreed with that assessment. Some have argued that I wasn’t nearly as smug as Armstrong Williams. Um, all right, I may not be competing on America’s Next Top Model, but how would the emailer know what I look like from the head down?

Email 4:

Leonard….youre appearance on FOX News this morning was both disgusting and despicable. How dare you give any creedence to the DNC for allowing a video mocking the American Flag let alone think its free speech? It is NOT acceptable and although at this point and time, we do still have FREE speech, until Obama squelches that of course, that does NOT give anyone the right to degrade our country’s flag and symbol for freedom. Our men and women fight for freedom under and because of that flag – which allows you and your liberal wacko friends the right to bash this country at every opportunity – so just SHUT UP YOU IGNORAMOUS! We the people, that make up this great country do NOT agree with you…..and if you or anyone else wants to shit on our flag…..youre more than welcome to move to another country, live under their laws and SEE WHAT YOU GET IF YOU SMEAR AND DISRESPECT THEIR FLAG.


Analysis: First, I will give each of you a mythical $20 if you can successfully parse this and then defend it according to the rules of English grammar.