New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio attacked Rupert Murdoch and Fox News in a recent interview with The Guardian, insisting “we would be a more unified country” without them.
In effect, de Blasio thinks it’s best for the country if Fox News Channel could just be shut down.
“If you could remove News Corp from the last 25 years of American history, we would be in an entirely different place,” the radical left mayor said.
Earlier this year, he slammed the New York Post, which is also owned by Murdoch, for being “divisive,” saying he would not “shed a tear if that newspaper is no longer here.”
“[W]e would be a more unified country,” de Blasio said, speaking about the influence Murdoch and Fox News has had. “We would not be suffering a lot of the negativity and divisiveness we’re going through right now. I can’t ignore that.”
Being representative of the divisive party of identity politics, the Democratic mayor is flipping reality on its head. The “place” he speaks of would be considerably further left of where America is today if not for Fox News’ check on the liberal media.
In the same breathe, de Blasio criticized President Trump for his harsh critique of the “fake news” media, blind to the double standard.
“There is no comparison between a progressive critique of the media – and overwhelmingly corporate media, by the way – and a president who does not believe in free speech and is trying to undermine the norms of democracy,” the mayor said.
But there is a method to the left’s madness, as conservative actor James Woods said online, noting that the progressive left’s ongoing campaign to shut down dissenting voices “is seriously getting out of hand.”
“This didn’t take long. Pretty big step to want to shut down the highest rated news channel in America,” Woods tweeted. “This seriously is getting out of hand. The few Democrats who aren’t yet completely insane should stand against this talk. After all it’s easy for winds to shift…”
This didn’t take long. Pretty big step to want to shut down the highest rated news channel in America. This seriously is getting out of hand. The few Democrats who aren’t yet completely insane should stand against this talk. After all it’s easy for winds to shift… https://t.co/d37LxsKPop
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 8, 2018
Townhall’s Katie Pavlich noted the hypocrisy of de Blasio’s troubling remarks in a tweet: “Says the guy who tried to keep Chick-fil-A out of NYC because it’s owned by Christians.”
Says the guy who tried to keep Chick-fil-A out of NYC because it’s owned by Christians. https://t.co/ZWjI6tcCEU
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 7, 2018
Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney also spoke about the Democratic mayor’s campaign against the restaurant chain.
“When Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurant in New York City, the mayor, Bill De Blasio, called for a boycott,” Varney said Wednesday. “Chick-fil-A defends traditional marriage. De Blasio said it spreads a message of hate against gays. His honor whose deep into identity politics, setting one group against another.”
“I call that divisive,” he continued. “Well, De Blasio has not changed his tune. Only now, he accuses FOX of being divisive.”
Here’s a sampling of reactions to de Blasio’s attempt to silence dissent from Twitter:
Bill De Blasio says "we would be a more unified country" without Fox News. Well yeah, Bill—if you're able to silence everyone who disagrees with you—of course.
Why stop at Fox News though? You should make a list of books you'd like to burn while you're at it.
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) August 8, 2018
De Blasio doesn’t want unification, he wants compliance.
— Jess D. Brown (@TheBandit1987) August 8, 2018
If that happened we would have CNN, the worst “news”source in America and MSNBC who slants everything to the left, no thanks.
— Rich Jones (@rjones138) August 8, 2018
So in other words we would be more unified if we listened to only one point of view? Wow, what does that sound like? Let the government create the narrative. Unbelievable.
— Terry Forshee (@TerryForsheeRx) August 8, 2018
They want to completely control what can be said and when you call them out about it they claim “freedom of speech”
— Robert Horwitz (@roberhor) August 8, 2018
Lmao. More unifying like say Communist China when there’s one source / angle of ‘news’ out there?! 😑🤔
— Lisa Kizaric (@KizaricLisa) August 8, 2018
North Korea is pretty unified. So was Mussolini's Italy. China under Chairman Mao. . . . The railroads ran on time, too! https://t.co/ngQSH4zeHi
— Eric Maher (@eric90230) August 8, 2018
This is True Fascism. https://t.co/DOUlqwqxYj
— Bob Metzgar (@Dystopian_St8) August 8, 2018
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