Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
FOX News pandered to their base with their lopsided coverage of yesterday’s amazing healing event in Tucsonby dissing Tucsonans for not being somber enough after Saturday’s massacre, characterizing the touching Yaqui blessing delivered by Dr. Carlos Gonzales of the University of Arizona College Medicine as “peculiar”, and putting down the audience for greeting President Obama and the news of Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery with cheers.
FOX pundits called the 26,000+ crowd in Tucson “raucous” and criticized us for “whistles” and “whoops” when we learned that our Congresswoman had opened her eyes. (This is the wild west. Don’t they know that?)
Check out the 17+ minute FOX video coverage below.
At about 8:12 minutes, FOX pundits diss the Tucson audience for cheering too much. They say that the event became “out of control” and turned into a “pep rally”. They really didn’t like it when Gonzales said he was a Mexican/Yaqui and a 5th generation Arizonan– although these statements brought great cheers from Tucsonans in McKale Center and in Arizona Stadium.
At about 9:17 minutes, the FOX pundits say Tucsonans are “not mournful enough” and blame that on the crowd containing too many UA students. (I was in Arizona Stadium; although that crowd was mostly not students, our reactions paralleled the McKale audience.)
At about 9:25 minutes, the FOX pundits mock the Yaqui blessing as “too long” and “most peculiar” and say that he was blessing the “doors of the auditorium”– not knowing that Gonzales was honoring the four directions and what they signify.
They did like UA/Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez (about 12:11 minutes). What’s not to like about him saving his boss’ life? But they put down President Obama, saying that the speech will “affect the perception of the president”; I think it affected his perception in a positive manner!
The FOX pundits said it was a “lovely speech” (killing it with faint praise), but it had “too much politics”. (What politics?, I ask.)
Toward the end, the FOX pundits foreshadow what is to come, warning that next week, it will be business as usual on FOX News. Togetherness and no hate speech? Forget about it. That is not in their script.
[tnivideo caption=”FOX News coverage of Tucson memorial event” credit=”FOX News”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STgODHtGECo[/tnivideo]