Sharpton, Guests Bash Fox for Anti-Obama Fervor: ‘Laughingstock,’ ‘Untethered from Reality’

What lengths is Fox News going to promote an anti-Obama agenda? Al Sharpton asked that question on Monday night, after showing Fox & Friends talking about a story that the president personally funded a Muslim museum to keep it open during the shutdown, even though no such thing happened. Sharpton mockingly credited Fox for catching the “Kenyan Muslim president” in the act, before going after the network for its consistent attacks on President Obama from inside the bubble.

Joan Walsh said the very fact Fox believed the story about Obama says there is a “mindset” at Fox that picks up on anything that suggests the president might be foreign, no matter how inaccurate it sounds. Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert found this to be “one of the more comical lies that they’ve told,” while Walsh called the network a “laughingstock” that only gets away with this because “mainstream Republicans tolerate it.”

Boehlert also pointed out that Fox has been trying to have it both ways, with people like Sean Hannity “cheerleading” for the shutdown then flip-flopping and bashing Obama for it. Sharpton said they’re “totally in denial,” and Boehlert framed this as part of the network’s “propaganda effort” that’s simply “untethered from reality.”

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