Can America Pass the Awesomeness Test?

I don’t watch Fox News, and I don’t usually notice what’s on Fox News; it’s hardly newsworthy when some “personality” or “strategist” on Fox News says something stupid or outrageous. But sometimes it’s helpful to note, for the historical record, how debased the “discourse” has become at the media outlet that drives so much of conservative public opinion. This one (via Raw Story‘s David Edwards), in reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee summary of the “torture report,” from Fox co-host and “commentator” Andrea Tantaros, reaches a new low in its treatment of a grave subject:

“The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome,” she said. “But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.”

“They apologized for this country, they don’t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this does is have our enemies laughing at us, that we are having this debate again,” Tantaros added. “Because they believe if we can just shame ourselves and convince the world how horrible we are, and put us on a moral equivalency with all these other countries then maybe they will stop beheading Americans and putting our heads on sticks. They’re fools.”

I do not believe Ms. Tantaros is in a real good position to be calling anyone a fool. And I challenge the high priests of false equivalency to find anything equally sophomoric on a “liberal” television network.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.