Who In Hell Is Tammy Bruce?

First published December 2, 2002, Jeff Koopersmith's merciless takedown of right wing talk show host Tammy Bruce has remained one of our most popular articles.

Recently I've lately been peppered with mail pleading with me to look into one Tammy Bruce — who I must admit I have spied a few times on FOX News, but knew little about.

I heard she "poses" as a liberal on various cable news shows, but blathers on more like a right-wing nut.

When a reader wrote me a couple weeks back asking, "Who in hell is Tammy Bruce, And when will she – please, please, PLEASE – pass through the digestive tract and sphincter of media detestation and into the septic tank of television history?", I popped the term "Tammy Bruce" into a Web search engine.

What I found amazed me.

She's written a book. She seems slightly schizophrenic about almost everything in life. She's not terribly good looking. She has people that hate her enough to create entire anti-Tammy-Bruce web sites — complete with unflattering pictures of the pundit. She is a self-described lesbian, a past officer of the National Organization for Women, pro-choice, but voted for Reagan and was proud of it.

I also discovered that she lives in Los Angeles, which immediately made her suspect.

But the crowning achievement of my Google search was finding her columns on that lunatic Chris Ruddy's web site that is laughably called "NewsMax."

There is nothing newsy about NewsMax — and certainly nothing Max about it either. It's a great source of half-truths, innuendo, crazed conspiracy theory, and pathological, obsessive Clinton-bashing.

Suffice it to say that when I saw Bruce's piece "Skippy Reads The News" — a mean spirited and poorly written diatribe aimed at Aaron Brown of CNN — on Ruddy's site, I knew why Steve Young had asked me examine her folds (pardon the pun).

I can't recommend that you read Ms. Bruce. Her command of the language is less than limited and her perspective is filled with ill-placed detestation. In two words, she's a malicious dog.

First, Ms. Bruce chose to attack CNN — not for becoming a clone of FOX News Channel's all lies all the time format and content, but because CNN wasn't living up to FOX News Channel "standards."

After one stops laughing at this, one is carried forward — much as a novice embalmer is attracted to a corpse — to read further. In just her introductory paragraph of the "Skippy" piece, Ms. Bruce insults — cruelly — Ted Turner, Connie Chung and CNN anchor Aaron Brown (renaming him "Howdy"), claiming that the trio she mentioned have caused "a catastrophe so vile that Christiane Amanpour would not cover it."

Ms. Bruce never makes it clear what the "catastrophe" is — but then again, her style, which lacks even a scintilla of aptitude, would not leave much room for this.

Bruce claims that when she "wants" news she watches FOX News Channel and especially Greta van Susteren — another FOX clone who cut her teeth (pardon the pun) on O.J. Simpson's murder trial and most recently underwent painful cosmetic surgery which should have moved her to a courtroom as a plaintiff against her plastic surgeon.

I preferred the old Greta — tough-jawed as she was — although I must admit I would not go to FOX News Channel or Greta if I "wanted" news. Greta, as I write, is interviewing Lynne Cheney, a woman I consider — with great reason — to be one of the most dishonest people who has ever claimed to serve this country, but instead served herself. Greta feeds one Larry-King-softball question after another to Cheney.


But this appeals to Bruce — and as "hard news."

Bruce opines that Fox "beats" CNN in rating wars because they deliver "fair and balanced news." One wonders whether Tammy has her head up her proverbial behind. Where does she hang out? The Green room at "The Factor?" Only a naive high school student would mention Roger Ailes' sham news programming in the same sentence with a criticism of CNN's "inspired leftist tripe fashioned as objective news gathering."

It's enough to make one vomit — through uncontrollable laughter.

Bruce goes on to lie once more claiming the "we" are tired of being taken advantage of and frankly lied to (allegedly by CNN) and implies that FOX is beating CNN in ratings because it is "better" than CNN.


In what way?

Bruce seems not to know that FOX News Channel has few "reporters" and almost no newsgathering capability. It does not need them because Fox is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week ultra-right wing "operation" launched by Neonazi Roger Ailes, a former nobody in the Reagan Administration and the Frankenstein who created blonde blowhard and former liberal turned fascist Chris Matthews. FOX does not gather news — it copies it from wire services, misrepresents it, and then broadcasts it as propaganda — usually in support (and in awe) of George W. Bush, in defense of the Republican National Committee, or as a cover for the filthiest of American corporations — NewsCorp, its parent, being one of them.

What was Ms. Bruce's evidence about Aaron Brown that made it "crystal clear" that Fox is better than CNN?

Get ready to guffaw.

It was because Aaron Brown — who Bruce calls "the dreaded Clueless-But-Sanctimonious-Anchorman" — did not know the NAME of the Beltway Sniper for TWO WHOLE MINUTES after FOX News Channel announced it!

Of course! That makes SUCH sense! How stupid could I be? It is impressive, is it not? FOX reported something unimportant two minutes BEFORE CNN! That's an Emmy if I ever saw one.

For comedy.

My guess, of course, is that CNN has what the industry calls "fact checkers." FOX, of course, does not need fact-checkers to protect its viewers from erroneous news reports — it produces false news reports as a matter of course.

Thus it wasn't unusual that CNN waited for 120 seconds to announce two names that mean nothing. After all, FOX called Al Gore the winner in Florida before it learned that the Bush family had some skanky helter-skelter in mind for the "Scum Shines" state and, later, the United States Supreme Court. FOX does not deal in facts — it deals in half-truths and slant.

Roger Ailes — the chief culprit at FOX — has already been called on the carpet by the United States Congress for this type of ersatz news "reporting."

Ms. Bruce tries. She even used the tired old trick of alliteration when she described — over dramatically of course — how Rita Cosby broke into Greta van Susteren's show "breathless" with the names of capital M Muslim, capital M Miscreant John Muhammad and his "Jamaican" accomplice Lee Malvo.

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