Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In Praise of Greta Van Susteren

It's funny how the crybaby Commiecrats call Fox News "right wing", even though the network is chock full of liberals like Geraldo, Alan Colmes, Evan Bayh, Paula Zahn, and, of course, Greta Van Susteren. Nor do the pretty cupcakes of Fox News come across as particularly conservative. Of course, Fox News still has many more rightist commentators and journalists than CNN, to say nothing of the completely Marxist-Soviet MSNBC news network.

Still, I must compliment Greta. She may be a liberal, but she is also a very smart woman who tenaciously tries to get at the facts, regardless of whom it hurts or helps. She's a straight arrow who has a deeply ingrained sense of justice about her that causes her to ask pointed questions ... again ... and again ... and again. I doubt that she thinks of herself in strong ideological terms.

I say deeply ingrained sense of justice, because she becomes very impatient when guests talk nonsensically, lie, or try to spin the facts. And in her recent interview with Russell Mokhiber, founder of "Single Payer Action" - a group with a name like "Friends Of Global Progress" out of the novel Atlas Shrugged - there was a lot of all three going on. 

Russell Mokhiber was right on cue with the bogus assertion that "sixty people die every day due to a lack of health insurance." It was clear Mokhiber understood Josef Goebbels' famous words: "The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over."

In nonstop fashion, Mokhiber vilified Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey, who is famous for his pro-employee philosophy of business and rather liberal politics! Whole Foods, which employs some 50,000 people, has repeatedly been named one of the best companies in America to work for, and it provides insurance benefits to 80 percent of its employees. As a result, Mackey has been something of a populist hero to the average working man and woman.

Why did Russell Mokhiber do this? Because John Mackey took an honest look at the employer provided health care situation and dared to suggest that Obama the Duplicitous Despot's government-monopoly healthcare plan may not be in the best interests of patients, doctors, or America in general. Zap! Mackey went from media hero to media demon quicker than you could say "change you can believe in".

Worse, he had the audacity to offer his own idea of what he believes to be a better healthcare plan for America. Audacious! Who does he think he is, a free citizen? A successful employer who has a proven healthcare plan in place for his employees? A productive individual who has created thousands of jobs? A business owner who has succeeded by giving consumers what they want?

What in the world would make him believe he has a right to voice a dissenting opinion? He's probably just another one of those dreaded teabaggers in disguise.

Mr. Mokhiber was having none of such hype. He wanted Mackey tarred and feathered, and sent his progressive troops to picket Whole Foods stores in Austin, New York, and Washington, D.C.

What really ticked off Greta was Mokhiber's repeatedly saying that because John Mackey is against single-payer healthcare, he's a "bad guy." Gee, most Americans are against single-payer healthcare. The only thing I'll give Mokhiber credit for is that, unlike his Oval Office hero, he didn't lie about what he wants: government-only healthcare.

As everyone in America now knows, BHO continues to claim that government healthcare would be "just another option," even though he was captured on video, in 2003, saying, "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health-care program." The man does have a charming way about him, doesn't he?

But this isn't about BHO, who is already way too overexposed. It's about how Greta handled Mokhiber's nasty assertions that John Mackey is a bad guy who should be silenced. True-blue progressives simply don't like to hear dissenting views. Greta skewered him and never backed off, no matter how many times he followed his Goebbels repetition strategy. She simply was dumbfounded that Mokhiber would call a model citizen a "bad guy" for not agreeing with the president's viewpoint.

You can see the whole interview here.

Just remember that Mokhiber is typical of the kind of person that too many RINO Republicans believe they can reason with - you know, "reach across the aisle."

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