Norquist's claim that Fox Nation "takes no position on issues" undermined by Fox Nation -- and Norquist

››› ››› SIMON MALOY

Grover Norquist wrote that The Fox Nation "takes no position on issues" -- a claim undermined by The Fox Nation itself, which recently labeled Barney Frank and Chris Dodd a "[d]angerous duo" for supporting "a sweeping overhaul of US financial regulatory structures," and by Norquist, who also wrote that "conservatives, libertarians, and other believers in limited government have found a new home -- at FOX Nation."

In a March 29 entry to FoxNews.com's Fox Forum, author, American Spectator contributor, and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist wrote that the website The Fox Nation "takes no position on issues -- although unlike so many other Web portals, FOX Nation does begin with the presumption that America is a special and unique place, a blessed land to be treasured and defended." As Media Matters for America noted, however, The Fox Nation -- a website owned by Fox News -- recently labeled Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) a "[d]angerous duo," linking to an Agence France-Presse article that simply reported that Dodd and Frank "promised President Barack Obama on Monday they would work with the White House to enact a sweeping overhaul of US financial regulatory structures by year's end." Nothing in the AFP article in any way characterized Dodd or Frank as "[d]angerous."

Indeed, in the same Fox Forum entry, Norquist undermined his own claim that The Fox Nation "takes no position on issues," writing: "That's right, conservatives, libertarians, and other believers in limited government have found a new home -- at FOX Nation."

Norquist, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, is also the author of Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives, and is listed as a contributor to The American Spectator magazine.

From Norquist's Fox Forum entry:

I believe that FOX Nation has the potential to do to the Internet what FOX News did to cable television. That is, be a disruptive, transformative -- but also profoundly constructive -- media force.

Just as FOX News brought a new vision and voice to the media landscape in the 90s -- fair and balanced reporting, plus strong debate and commentary --so FOX Nation will bring still more vision and voice in the decade to come. Only this time, the vision and voice will come from you, the American people. That's right: Thanks to FOX Nation, all Americans will now have a landmark forum, a watershed opportunity to speak out on the issues they care about, want to learn more about -- and do more about.

FOX Nation itself takes no position on issues -- although unlike so many other Web portals, FOX Nation does begin with the presumption that America is a special and unique place, a blessed land to be treasured and defended.

So members of the Leave Us Alone Coalition, I predict, are going to love FOX Nation as it fully rolls out in the weeks and months to come. That's right, conservatives, libertarians, and other believers in limited government have found a new home -- at FOX Nation.

The Leave Us Alone Coalition consists of all Americans who want the government to stay out of their lives, confining itself and its power to protecting the vital concerns of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Other than that, we believe, the government -- federal, state, and local --should Leave Us Alone. Let us make our livings, let us raise our children, let us run our lives, without the dead hand of statist intervention.

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