A Few Lefties I Have Known

Whenever I hear people dismissing Fox News as a propaganda machine for conservatives, I know one thing for certain, and that is that they have never watched it. At most, they’ve flipped past while switching from the Cartoon Network to MSNBC, or have I once again repeated myself?

Frankly, there are times I find myself wishing that Fox were a bit more conservative than it is. After all, there’s only so much time in a day and I hate wasting any of it listening to the inanities of Lis Wiehl, Alan Colmes, Ellis Henican, Leslie Marshall, Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera or Columbia Professor Marc Lamont Hill, whose field of expertise is rap and hip-hop music, although you’d never know it when Bill O’Reilly has him pontificating on major issues. When any of those folks are on camera, I feel that Fox’s motto should be changed to “Unfair and Unbalanced.”

Liberals are so demented and have such an unclear vision of the real world that they turn to the likes of Bill Maher, Anthony Weiner, Rachel Maddow, David Letterman, Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd, Al Gore, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Maxine Waters, Lawrence O’Donnell and Nancy Pelosi, for guidance. It’s a sad thing when a blind person’s seeing-eye dog requires a seeing-eye dog.

Over the course of my life, I have occasionally spent time in the company of left-wingers. When I served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild about 20 years ago, I got to know several Board colleagues who had been blacklisted in the early 50s. Even after four decades, they never missed an opportunity to bring it up and boast of their martyrdom. You’d have thought they’d spent time at Dachau or a Soviet gulag, instead of having gone off to be feted by fellow Communists in Mexico, New York and Europe, sometimes making even more money in other places than they had in Hollywood.

Understand, these people weren’t Russian spies and they got precious little Communist propaganda into their scripts, but they did proudly donate money to Stalin’s coffers and contributed funds and countless man-hours to the American Communist Party.

I mean, you would have thought that they would have been satisfied with FDR’s having turned Norman Thomas’s Socialist platform into his New Deal. But even that wasn’t enough to satisfy these blockheads. Instead, they had to pledge their allegiance to the only regime that actually rivaled and often exceeded the brutality of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Other well-known leftists I have encountered and come to dislike were Maya Angelou, Jimmy Breslin and Ed Asner. Ms. Angelou, besides being a lousy poet, is one of those women who seem to confuse arrogance and a supercilious manner of speech with great dignity.

Back in the 1970s, my editor, who, at one time had been Breslin’s editor, arranged for us to meet for lunch one day in New York. This was a man who spent his career passing himself off as a defender of the masses, a Damon Runyonesque character, a mutt who saw himself as one of the underdogs. I don’t know what I expected, but the conversation over lunch was minimal. He spent most of the hour doodling figures on a napkin — and only when he took a bathroom break was I able to discover he was writing down the amounts he received from his various sources of income. It was an impressive total; particularly for a devout member of the proletariat. It took a number of years before I came across someone who was obnoxious in the same self-serving way. It was Michael Moore.

This brings us to Ed Asner, whom I got to know when I wrote a couple of episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a TV movie in which he co-starred with Jean Simmons. Even when I was a Democrat, I never agreed with his radical politics, but I always found him bearable in an amiably gruff Lou Grant sort of way.

But, recently, I heard from a friend of mine, an actress who had toured in a stage play with Asner. It seems they had gotten along famously until one day she happened to mention that she was a Republican. Even though they’d never even discussed political issues, the mere fact that she shared that shocking truth about herself made her repugnant in his eyes. From that day on, except when they were on stage, he never said another word to her.

If you insist that is atypical of open-minded, 1st Amendment-loving, liberals, you are either a liberal yourself or you have never actually met one.

Finally, like most people — especially the sensible folks of Dayton, Ohio — I was outraged that Attorney General Eric Holder forced the Dayton Police Department to ignore the actual results of a test given to young applicants. It seems that most, if not all, of the blacks and Hispanics had failed the test.

Instead of urging those who failed to smarten up so that they could pass a standardized test and so that Daytonians wouldn’t have to worry about just how stupid their cops are, Holder predictably blamed the exam. He demanded that passing grades be given to those who did worse than average 12-year-olds would be expected to do.

But it was no surprise, for Holder, time and again, has displayed his racist tendencies. By this time, we have to assume, based on his continuing to hold down the job, that his beliefs perfectly reflect our “post-racial” president’s.

I can’t help wondering if either Holder or Obama would have passed the Dayton test.

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  • Doug Baker

    I gotta agree, Burt, Marc Lamont Hill has always left me in awe. A Ph.D!? Really??? I would love to get a video on youtube of his orals. But I must see your Hill and raise you a Sharpton! The reverence of the Reverend begs investigation. Oh, but that Weiner guy, well, he’s obviously just so much smarter than anyone who watches FNC, he certainly needn’t lower himself to explain his positions, . . we couldn’t grasp those deep intellectual vibes, if we could the scabs on our knuckles would instantaneously heal and enlightenment would dawn upon us so rapidly our eyes would burn into cinders.

  • Kevin M. Temple

    What a wondeful world we would have if everyone were clear thinkers.

  • JohnInMA

    I’m always fascinated by those who find Fox News irritating or misguided by having so many left voices appear, as well as having some hosts and anchors who do not fly the “conservative” flag. I suppose those who feel that way prefer to either 1) not know what the left, and particular the far-left are up to these days, or, 2) they really want to spend some time on other channels learning that.

    I, for one, get all I need from hearing Juan Williams or Kirsten Powers, for examples, utter the latest talking points. I can figure out just what the left is up to regarding politics, with fair detail. And I don’t have to tune into CNN or any other outlet to hear a larger liberal choir ululating the same thing. It’s actually the most pleasant way to hear it, for me.

    Had the NYT or Washington Post not gotten so stingy by requiring money for some of the most basic opinions, I might agree about “cleansing” Fox News. Certainly I enjoy a leisure scan of websites for political information over yapping interviews. But that is no longer as easy to do without “donating”, which I won’t.

  • Judyann J

    Folks such as Mr. Goldberg need to be give great attention to what he has to say. He has worked shoulder to shoulder with these people. Hell, he used to BE one of them.
    Mr. Holder should have been dismissed more than a year ago. That an obvious, devout racist such as he continues to hold his post gives great testimony to the uber racist currently residing in our Whitehouse. “Post racial President” Are you kidding?

  • Ron Kean

    Holder and Obama and failed test scores? Maybe that’s why Obama won’t release his college records. Holder’s racism is on the record as per the sworn testimony of one former and one current employee of his Civil Rights division.

    Past Attorney Generals have stepped down or have been fired for sure. This one definitely has the full support of the President.