The extreme right-wing radio host and Fox News contributor is the female equivalent to Rush Limbaugh
Sandy Rios is an extremely conservative radio host, often featured on Fox so-called News. Rios’s commentary is also frequently featured on Right Wing Watch and Media Matters due to the enormous amount of hate, bigotry and misinformation she spreads on a daily basis. Her targets are typically the LGBT community, liberals, President Obama and make-believe “take overs” of America by horrible, nasty people who don’t actually exist.
In the aftermath of the slaughter at a shopping mall in Kenya, Sandy Rios chose to dive face first back into the birther pool while at the same time, spreading a lie about a “cousin” of the president.
On her radio program, Ms. Rios had this to say: “The implications of this are pretty frightening and of course it’s interesting that this is the country from which our president hails. This is his lineage. We know his cousin Raila Odinga is a Muslim communist. It’s just amazing. I think he’s the Prime Minister right now.”
Oh dear lord, where to start. President Obama was not born in Kenya. He was born in Hawaii, which is a state. An American state. Raila Odinga is not related to the president, but even if he was so what? I have a cousin who is so right wing, his car won’t even turn left, does that make me right wing? No of course not. Mr. Odinga isn’t a Muslim.
The shooting at the Navy yard also attracted Ms. Rios’s attention, but not because it was a horrible event, not because people died, but because women were in positions of power. She was slightly miffed that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus mentioned grief counseling in his statements, and she was full of derision for the “little woman” from the FBI. Yes, Sandy Rios took this tragedy and used it to promote the idea that “chicks running the show” is a very bad thing.
Remember the woman who compared counseling for female abuse victims to a day at the spa? That’s Sandy Rios. During that appearance on Fox “news,” Ms. Rios continued the “only sluts use birth control” mantra by asking Jehmu Greene why she thinks it’s alright to tell young women they can have as much sex as they want. Translation: if you use birth control, it means you sleep around and are a horrible person. And then she compared coverage of women’s contraception to Red China. Yeah, it’s an awesome clip, just have an airsick bag nearby.
When it comes to homosexuality, Ms. Rios often sounds a lot like a Russian politician. She goes on and on about “propaganda” and how promoting homosexuality (you know, by treating everyone like a human being and not burning anyone at the stake) is destroying marriage and our children. After J.C. Penney chose Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson, Ms. Rios aligned herself with the truly hateful group One Million Moms and attacked Penney’s for their decision.
I’ve written it before and I will write it again. Conservatives, if this is not the message you want spread on your behalf, change the messenger. You’ve got Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs and Ham without even understanding the moral of the STORY, you’ve got Bryan Fischer comparing Ted Cruz to the prophet Elijah, you’ve got Glenn Beck and David Barton and you’ve got Sandy Rios. Elizabeth Hasselbeck just this week promoted the lie that the ACA discriminates against cancer victims. These are the people conservatives have chosen to speak for them on television and radio.
So don’t come crying to me. Don’t tell me I’m manipulating their comments-those are all links to either audio from radio shows or videos from television. Using their own words against them is not anything other than shining a light into the darkness of the right wing media machine. Sandy Rios and the rest scream about liberal propaganda when the fact of the matter is, the right wing uses propaganda better than any group I’ve seen in my lifetime.