Former Reagan Aide Thinks Conservatives Watch Too Much Fox News

Sam Seder

According to a study by a former aide to Ronald Reagan and top official in the George H.W. Bush administration, Bruce Bartlett, Fox News creates uninformed voters.

This is proof that Fox News simply skews the national narrative and damages its viewers chances of ever being informed, according to Ring of Fire Radio.

Mr. Bartlett appeared on CNN earlier this month.  CNN Host Brian Stelter read from a paper Bartlett published earlier this month, in which Bartlett claimed that “[i]t can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”

Bartlett went on to say “I don’t think that word [‘self-brainwashing’] is too strong – I think many conservatives live in a bubble, where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio – Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people.”

“When they go on to the Internet,” he said, “they look at conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily, so they live in a universe in which they hear the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data, repeated over and over again – and that’s brainwashing.”

When Mr. Bartlett was asked if this is more true with conservatives than liberals, he said that it is.  He hypothesized that because the media traditionally leans left, conservatives latched on to Fox News when it first appeared.

Religious Leader Pat Robertson Wants Ronald Reagan To ‘Rise From The Dead’

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700 Club host and Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson wishes that he could raise former Republican President Ronald Reagan from the dead to lead America once again.

He skipped the Bushes.

Never mind the obvious problems of Reagan not being able to hold office after already serving two terms, or his Alzheimers still being an issue.

Ronald Reagan Supposedly To Get Own Coin For 2016

Since 2007, deceased presidents have been commemorated on $1 coins in the order of their service, according to

“Next year marks an end to the series with the commemoration of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. They were the 37th, 38th and 40th Presidents of the United States,” states

The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145) states that former or current Presidents who are still alive cannot appear on the dollar coins.

Rules about breaking the sequential order of service were less clear.

A legal interpretation was made, and it was decided that the Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, would get passed over to honor Reagan.  (Carter is still alive.)

Rudy Giuliani: President Obama Doesn’t Love The United States…Because He’s Not Like Reagan

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he believes President Barack Obama does not love the United States — or the people in it.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said Wednesday during a private group dinner in Manhattan, Politico reports. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

“Well, first of all, I’m not questioning his patriotism. He’s a patriot, I’m sure,” Giuliani elaborated. “What I’m saying is, in his rhetoric I very rarely hear the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things that I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America. … I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it’s not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter.”

Obama Tied With Reagan In Public Opinion Polls


How does Obama compare to other presidents who spent their sixth Christmas in the White House?

According to Gallup polls, President Obama is tied with President Reagan’s approval rating at the 6-year mark in office, at 48 percent.

President George W. Bush was at 37 percent at this time in his presidency.

Only Harry Truman (33 percent) was lower (for December 1950).  Texan Lyndon B. Johnson was at 44 percent after his party suffered setbacks in the 1966 election.

Ronald Reagan polled at 48 percent in December of 1986. The best in the survey include Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (57 percent), despite his own party’s struggle in the 1958 election, and Bill Clinton, who had a whopping 67 percent despite impeachment woes.

Ronald Reagan Supported The Brady Bill

There can be little doubt that Ronald Reagan supported the Brady Bill.  Named for his press secretary who was shot in 1981, the legislation established a national waiting period and system for background checks before a handgun purchaser could get a gun.  The bill later became known as the Brady Law.

(A problem with the bill was that it didn’t cover gun show or private purchases.  Some states like Washington are trying to address that loophole.)

A version of the bill was passed in 1993 under President Clinton.  However, the waiting period provision ended in 1998.

According to Wikipedia, from 1994 through 2009, over 107 million Brady background checks were conducted, and during this period 1.9 million attempted firearm purchases were blocked by the Brady background check system.

For checks done by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2008, felons accounted for 56 percent of denials and fugitives from justice accounted for 13 percent of denials. In 2009, felons accounted for 48 percent of denials and fugitives from justice accounted for 16 percent of denials. In April 2009, the FBI announced it had completed its 100 millionth approval since computerized background check system started.

Reagan wrote an article in the New York Times supporting the Brady Bill, and there is other evidence he supported it, such as the video below.

One has to wonder: how would today’s NRA have reacted to Reagan’s statement? How does today’s NRA react to others who say such things?

Reagan’s 1991 New York Times article:

Linda Taylor – Reagan’s “Welfare Queen”

Linda Taylor, Nov. 27, 1974, Chicago


In 1976, Reagan gave his famous “Welfare Queen” speech about a woman who had committed welfare fraud.

“In Chicago, they found a woman who holds the record,” Reagan said at a campaign rally that year.  “She used 80 names, 30 addresses, 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year.”

He never actually used the term “Welfare Queen” in that speech, though he did in a radio address later. Credit for the term is given either to The Chicago Tribune or Jet Magazine, who used the term at about the same time, and before Reagan used it.

Several pundits over the years – from Paul Krugman to Chris Matthews – have dismissed Reagan’s talk of a “Welfare Queen” as a fictional story or a “gross exaggeration” used to rally Reagan’s base and drum up support for the cause of downsizing public aid programs.

It is true that the story was used to support Reagan’s agenda, but she actually was a real person – and her name was Linda Taylor.

The original story about Ms. Taylor came in 1974 from the The Chicago Tribune:

“Linda Taylor received Illinois welfare checks and food stamps, even tho[ugh] she was driving three 1974 autos—a Cadillac, a Lincoln,and a Chevrolet station wagon—claimed to own four South Side buildings, and was about to leave for a vacation in Hawaii,” wrote The Tribune.

The Tribune referenced a report that detailed a lifestyle of “false identities that seemed calculated to confuse our computerized, credit-oriented society.”

There was evidence that the 47-year-old Taylor had used three Social Security cards, 27 names, 31 addresses, and 25 phone numbers to fuel her thievery, and she had 30 different wigs.  Taylor had gained a reputation as a master of disguise.  She had tried to pull herself off as different ages, nationalities, and races.

As the Tribune and other outlets stayed on the story, those figures continued to rise. Reporters noted that Linda Taylor had used as many as 80 names, and that she’d received at least $150,000 in illicit welfare cash.

These would be the figures that Ronald Reagan would cite on the campaign trail in 1976.

The Legislative Advisory Committee on Public Aid told the Tribune, “She is without a doubt, the biggest welfare cheat of all time.”

One of the assistant state’s attorneys prosecuting Taylor told the UPI that the rumors about Taylor were “probably” true.  “But what makes me angry about all the stories is that most of them are not indictable,” she said. “We simply don’t have the facts on all of those things.”

The hard evidence—canceled AFDC checks, and Medicaid ID cards under multiple names— only allowed the state to charge her with stealing $8,000.

According to Wikipedia:  “Taylor was ultimately charged with committing $8,000 in fraud and having four aliases.  She was convicted of illegally obtaining 23 welfare checks using two aliases.  She was sentenced to two to six years in prison.”

In reality, Taylor had also been investigated for homicide, kidnapping, and even baby trafficking.  But she was never charged with those crimes. 

The welfare trial was in 1977, and in February 1978, Taylor entered Illinois’ Dwight Correctional Center.  When her sentence was up, she changed her name and left Chicago, and the cops who had pursued her in Illinois lost track of her whereabouts.

There seems to be a general consensus among those who have written about Linda Taylor that she was quite a dedicated criminal.

Whether it is fair to project her story onto an entire group of people (such as public aid recipients)  is another question.