The Obama administration's first enemy may have been Fox News, but we have seen it widen the circle of love to Rush Limbaugh, the insurance industry, the banking business, the Tea Party movement, Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At this point it's almost a badge of dishonor to be left out. What are we doing wrong? Last night Rupert Murdoch reminded us why the administration has singled out Fox News. It is run by a man with a spine, a man who does not mince words. Commentary has posted Murdoch's speech at the Anti-Defamation League dinner in New York yesterday evening. It is a speech, according to Commetary, "in which he revealed, yet again, that he is a true and selfless friend of the Jewish people and of Israel." Here is the text:
My name is Greg Farrell. I was at the Tea Party gathering on March 20 and I was also outside the Cannon Building when the black congressmen who claim to have heard racial epithets walked down the stairs and out of the building and across the street to the Capitol. I was also there when they returned and went back inside of the Capitol Building.
When Obama entered office, he inherited a budget deficit that reflected the toxic combination of recession, bailouts and runaway entitlement programs. But rather than getting the government's finances under control, Obama and his allies in Congress poured gasoline on the fire with trillion-dollar boondoggles.
When Joe Wilson shouted, "You lie!" at Obama, he was criticized, and rightly so, for a gross breach of decorum. But the infelicity of the breach has faded with time, revealing the real reason the electorate, especially independents, has turned against Obama: He does lie, people have started to figure it out, and he lies about things voters care about.
ABC reports that Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has issued a directive banning "decadent" hairstyles for men, restricting barber shops to certain kinds of cuts. The primary target is spiky, gelled hairdos associated with rebellious youths. The New York Daily News explains: Mullets are out. Persian Letters blogger Golnaz Esfandiari links to a set of photographs related to the official rollout of the ministry's decree.
In his weekly Washington Post column Charles Krauthammer provides a useful summary of the Obama administration's comprehensive foreign policy failure. This week gave us the vivid depiction of American decline. Hail Lula (a Marxist), Erdogan (an Islamist) and Ahmadinejad (a Muslim terrorist fanatic):