Tantaros: Everything Wrong With America

With the release of the Senate torture report on Tuesday, Fox News predictably threw a massive temper tantrum over it. They accused Obama of undermining the country — never mind that he did everything he could to keep this report from being released up to the last possible second. And Andrea Tantaros displayed pretty much everything that is wrong with right-wing nationalism:

Out Numbered host Andrea Tantaros agreed that she didn’t need transparency at the CIA either.

“The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome,” she said. “But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.”

“They apologized for this country, they don’t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this does is have our enemies laughing at us, that we are having this debate again,” Tantaros added. “Because they believe if we can just shame ourselves and convince the world how horrible we are, and put us on a moral equivalency with all these other countries then maybe they will stop beheading Americans and putting our heads on sticks. They’re fools.”

All she missed was screaming “USA USA USA USA” at the top of her lungs. This is the difference between right wing nationalism and actual patriotism. Patriotism means demanding that your country live up to the principles if loudly proclaims; right wing nationalism means mindless cheerleading, hypocrisy and double standards.

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  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    Reminds me of the saying that conservatives love America like children and liberals love America like grown ups. Tantaros certainly lends support to that notion.

  • DaveL

    I thought “Team America: World Police” was supposed to be satire.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Fun game: In “Senate torture report” swap out “torture” with “Benghazi”. Compare and contract FoxNews reactions.

  • AndrewD

    There is an acceptable (to some) rewritting of “my country right or wrong”which goes,” When my country is right to support it to the end, when my country is wrong to do my utter most to change it.”

    If this view s accepted, the tortures will be prosecuted.

  • Mr Ed

    When the highs school quarterback gets busted for selling drugs some one always cries we are wreaking his college prospects by pressing charges. In reality deciding to sell drugs and hoping to do so without consequence is what hurt his chances. The torture report is not hurting us, torturing people, brutally is hurting us.

    Don’t blame Feinstein for destroying our reputation and enraging the world. Blame the CIA operatives, those how twisted the law to rationalize it and those who knowingly turned a blind eye.

  • dugglebogey

    Maybe she just watched the Lego movie.

    Fox News slogan “America is Awesome*”

    *Not including black americans, immigrant americans, poor americans, LGBT americans, atheist americans….you know, only “REAL” americans.”

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    America is the awesomest country in the history of ever, except for what we do when we think nobody’s looking.

  • mkoormtbaalt

    The first time I read this I thought it was satire. No one could be that infantile I thought, but here we are.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Are we taking bets on how many prosecutions will follow the report? I’m guessing “zero”

  • arakasi

    Err.. is there anything in the torture report that our enemies didn’t know? There has been very little that I’ve seen that was a surprise to me, and I’m fairly sure that the intelligence agencies of most ME countries have spoken directly to people who lived through it.

    And I’m pretty sure that they haven’t been laughing at us.

  • caseloweraz

    I listened to an hour-long discussion of the torture report on NPR this morning. One guest (you can guess which side he was on) maintained that there was very little new information in the report but that it nevertheless would inflame the terrorists anew and therefore releasing it was irresponsible.

  • caseloweraz

    Fox News: “We have the awesomest government on the face of the Earth. Except when it tries to expand health care, or to reform our immigration laws, or start cutting back on carbon-dioxide emissions.

  • scienceavenger

    Andrea Tantaros – the awesomest awesommator in Awesomerica. And who said Fox only hires women based on their looks? Well she showed you.

  • forestdragon

    Jesus crossdressing Christ in pantyhose. Is this woman for real? I seriously thought you should stop talking like that once you get out of high school (I lived through the thankfully short Valley Girl period, pity me.). Someone get this dipstick a thesaurus, stat. And someone to read it for her.

    As for the so-called content of the quote: no sense in pointing out where the dog crapped on the floor.

  • eamick

    Well, of course they’re going to be upset about that report. Didn’t their sister network air the award-winning documentary series 24?

  • eric

    “The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome,”

    Makes you wonder if she is accidentally referencing The Lego Movie, or intentionally doing so because she thinks it was a good model society.