Why do Republicans hate the media?

By | May 27, 2005

This story is so bizarre, it’s almost incredible. On a recent episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Bill Maher told the following joke: “‘More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club,’ Maher said. ‘We’ve done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies.'” Which is kinda funny, and solidly based on facts.

Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus doesn’t find it funny. Instead, he has said that the remarks border on treason! “‘I think it borders on treason,’ Bachus said. ‘In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country.'”

I don’t know if the brutal cold of Alaska just rips senses of humor out of people or what, but c’mon. Treason? It was a joke! Grow a sense of humor, or at least a sense of perspective, Congressman Bachus!

Taken by itself, this is laughable. But add this to the Newsweek attacks that the White House levelled last week, and you have a very disturbing trend: the Republicans are apparently going on the offensive against any part of the media that dares suggest that things aren’t good. Where’s it going to end?

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