On Tuesday, Keith Ablow, the house psychiatrist at Fox News, went on Fox's radio affiliate and ranted for twelve minutes in a way that Josh Marshall correctly characterized as "Fox 'Doc' Goes Full Stormfront":
Dr. Keith Ablow, a member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, on Tuesday said that Obama won't protect Americans from Ebola because "his affinities" are with Africa, not the U.S. "He's their leader."Ablow said of America, "We don't have a president."
"He has it in for us as disappointing people. People who've been a scourge on the face of the Earth," Ablow said on Fox News Radio's The John Gibson show. "In his mind, if only unconsciously, he's thinking, 'Really? We're going to prevent folks suffering with illnesses from coming across the border flying into our airports when we have visited a plague of colonialism that has devastated much of the world, on the world? What is the fairness in that?'"
“How can you protect a country you don't like? Why would you?" Ablow asked....
"We don't have a president?" Gibson asked.Yup, we voted for Obama because 9/11 scared us into trying to appease our attackers:
"We don't have a president who has the American people as his primary interest, who believes the country has Manifest Destiny and has been a force for good," Ablow insisted.
The Fox News doctor went on to speculate that Obama had only been elected because Americans were victims of Stockholm Syndrome....
"We said to ourselves, and the world, 'Look at this guy. We're going to elect this guy president. Why would you attack us? We're not even voting for somebody who likes us. This guy, who has names very similar to two of our archenemies, Osama, well, Obama. And Hussein. Hussein. Surely you won't attack us now because we've got a shield here of a guy who, as the leader of our country says we're bad.'"This is a follow-up to a similar opinion piece Ablow wrote for the Fox News website.
All I can think is that Dinesh D'Souza can go off to his community confinement center with his head held high.
Four years ago, D'Souza published a Forbes cover story titled "How Obama Thinks," which accused President Obama of imbibing the anti-colonialism of the father he barely knew and building his entire worldview out of that anti-colonialism. "For Obama," D'Souza wrote, "the solutions are simple. He must work to wring the neocolonialism out of America and the West."
When D'Souza wrote this, and published a book with the same argument called The Roots of Obama's Rage, many conservatives were appalled. Heather Mac Donald called the Forbes article "Dinesh D'Souza's poison."
Sickeningly, while "How Obama Thinks" is useless as a guide to the Obama presidency, it is all too representative of the hysteria that now runs through a significant portion of the right-wing media establishment. The article is ... an example of the lunacy that is poisoning much conservative discourse.David Frum wrote, "When last was there such a brazen outburst of race-baiting in the service of partisan politics at the national level? George Wallace took more care to sound race-neutral." The Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson reviewed The Roots of Obama's Rage, writing, "On the evidence of his new book, we can't be sure if Dinesh D'Souza is a hysteric or a cynic."
But, of course, Newt Gingrich took D'Souza's argument and ran with it:
Gingrich says that D'Souza has made a "stunning insight" into Obama's behavior -- the "most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama."Two years later, Gingrich ran a surprisingly successful presidential campaign. Meanwhile, D'Souza milked the anti-colonialism theme for two rather popular "documentary" films and another book.
"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich asks.
And now the D'Souza thesis is so much a part of the right-wing narrative that Ablow can invoke it without even naming its originator. To right-wingers, it's no longer a strange but curiously compelling argument made by that D'Souza fellow -- it's accepted fact. It's been thoroughly worked into the Obama master narrative on the right.
Bravo, Dinesh. The well is fully poisoned now. You did what you set out to do.