by Scoobie Davis
Quick, Revise the DSM-IV-TR. There's a New Mental Disorder: Fox News Derangement Syndrome
The other day, I noted the tack used by the right to counter any Dem or progressive who has a sack and doesn't take any crap from the right: call the offending person crazed, deranged, unhinged, mentally ill, etc.
Since then, there have been some prominent Democrats--notably Senator Barbara Boxer and former head of the DNC Terry McAuliffe (click here or scroll down to yesterday's post)--who have appeared on Fox News and have calmly humorously dissed the Fox News operation for, well, being a political operation instead of a journalistic outlet.
The reaction by the hard right to this good-natured (and well-deserved) mocking by these Dems has been swift and predictable. Michelle Maglalang--coming off her failed attempt to portray Democrats as "unhinged"--coined the term Fox News Derangement Syndrome on her blog. The Real Republican thinks that Boxer sarcastically and laughingly saying "Yeah, you are fair and balanced, thank you very much" amounts to an attack (RightWinged also uses the verb "attacks" to describe Boxer's sarcasm. Joel Johannesen called Boxer's calm ridicule "a mini hissy-fit."
That's the nature of the right. They love to dish it out but they can't take it.