A few weeks ago Fox News debuted a nightly, primetime program that they thought would compete with Stephen Colbert or Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Because what could be better suited for an alleged “news” network that is widely viewed as a joke? “Gutfeld!” landed with a thud as it's brand of comedy was both mean-spirited and childish.
The program has only gone downhill from there. Its host and guests appear to be devoted to lowbrow “humor” that callously attacks the underprivileged from the comfort of their ivory tower. Their most recent episode featured such specimens of hilarity as these swipes at President Biden (video below, if you have the stomach for it):
“He's not sure if he is [President]. They installed the Waze app on his phone so he could find the west wing.” [and…]
“The only thing middle of the road about Joe is his hair, which resembles a crushed squirrel.” [and…]
“It's only April and he's swallowed more anti-American crap than Michael Moore’s septic tank.”
Comedy gold, isn't it? Gutfeld began by maligning Biden's mental acuity, something that the American people already assessed as superior to Donald Trump. Then he segued to a slam on Biden's hair. Seriously! And naturally he winds up in the sewer, where Fox News and Republicans customarily reside.
However, the central focus of the segment was education. Gutfeld was appalled that the Biden administration is supportive of Critical Race Theory (that Trump tried to eliminate), and is pursuing an agenda that seeks to “incorporate teaching and learning practices that reflect the diversity, identities, histories, contributions, and experiences of all students.” Gutfeld condemned that noble and inclusive initiative saying that “it's not an education they're after, but indoctrination.” Indeed. You certainly don't want to poison children's minds with the notion that America benefited from its diversity.
As usual, Gutfeld is deploying a frequently used Republican propaganda tactic wherein they accuse their foes of what they are doing themselves. It was Trump who created a “1776 Commission” whose purpose was to indoctrinate children with what he called “Patriotic Education.” It was his reaction to the widely praised “1619 Project” that aimed to make America's historical curriculum more racially inclusive and accurate.
Thankfully, Biden revoked the report produced by Trump's flagrantly biased commission. That commission and its report had already been rejected by historians as political propaganda. What's more, Trump's task farce had notable beginnings as Vladimir Putin’s “Patriotic Education” amendments to Russia’s education laws. So once again, Trump was taking direction from his mentor/boss. And Fox News is regurgitating it whole.
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