There’s a lot of dumb talk on Fox News — and, indeed, other cable networks — that doesn’t merit parodic treatment from the folks at Comedy Central. Ripping President Obama for crying over the shooting deaths of 20 children aged 6 or 7 years old at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., certain does merit parodic treatment.
On his “Nightly Show” yesterday, host Larry Wilmore ran clips of an instantly infamous discussion on Fox News’s noontime program “Outnumbered,” in which guests took turns questioning the authenticity of the tears shed by the president in his Tuesday announcement of measures to limit gun violence. “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” said the president, crying. “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
Teeing off on the moment, “Outnumbered” co-host Andrea Tantaros said, “So I would check that podium for, like, a raw onion or some ‘No more tears’ … it’s not really believable.” Meghan McCain said, “It just didn’t seem horribly authentic.”
To which Wilmore retorted: “The guy cries about dead children and you’ve got notes?” Comedy Central rummaged through other Fox News coverage of the president’s emotional moment and came up with more material, like “The Five” co-host Eric Bolling demanding, essentially, more presidential tears: “Where was the emotion for the victims of the San Bernardino terror attack and where’s the emotion calling Islamic terrorism what it is?” Enough of that garbage, said Wilmore, commenting that if Obama cried more often, Fox News would move to a new name: “Obama is a Weeping Queer Channel.”
Funny stuff. Fox News contains multitudes, however, and more reasonable precincts on the network refrained from moronic commentary. For instance, host Megyn Kelly asked contributor Marc Thiessen to hold forth on the president’s moment. “Well, he was very emotional. And I think his emotion was genuine. I think any of us who think about first graders being massacred, our hearts break,” said Thiessen, though he did, like Bolling, ask where were the tears after San Bernardino and Paris.
Tantaros’s insane comments, of course, got a great deal more rotation on the Internet than did Thiessen’s. Obama has long taken issue with Fox News’s portrayal of his presidency, and if the topic comes up again, don’t be surprised if he mentions the raw-onion comment.