Fox’s Dagen McDowell: Hillary Clinton’s Civility Comment is ‘Dog Whistle as a Call to Arms’
The opinion side of Fox News and Fox Business far outweigh the news side of both channels. And the former would really like their viewers to know that there is a clear and present danger presented by an angry leftist mob.
The most recent evidence cited for the violent liberals? Hillary Clinton’s comments yesterday in which she ostensibly called for an end of civility. Or at least that’s how it has been interpreted by those eager to sow division through the threat of fear.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “That’s why I believe if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and, or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”
This comment was discussed on Fox Business Network’s Mornings With Maria in the context of the allegedly violent threat put forth by an aggrieved left. Judge Andrew Napolitano (a consistent source of dispassionate reason) described Clinton’s comments as “a time for (the left) to be aggressive,” adding that he didn’t think she’s “actually suggesting violence,” but called it a “dog whistle.”
For the uninitiated, dog-whistle politics is messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different, or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup.
In what can be described as a Pavlovian response, Dagen McDowell’s ears perked up and she jumped all over the “dog whistle” comment.
“To borrow a word that has been thrown at the right, that anything that President Trump says and any Republican, it’s a dog whistle to white supremacists and racist,” adding “This is a dog whistle as a call to arms.”
A call to arms.
In a column published yesterday, I made the argument that conservative media outlets are working in consort with the Trump administration to encourage voter turnout via what I called irresponsible fearmongering.
By some remarkable coincidence, Ms. McDowell defended her recitation of why viewers should be very afraid, and dismissed allegations of fearmongering as “hogwash.” So to recap, McDowell described Clinton’s “cannot be civil” comment as a “call to arms,” but in the next breath said that fearmongering criticism is hogwash.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of Fox Business.
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