Is Ed Asner an opponent of conservatives and Fox News? The actor, who stared on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Shore' and 'Lou Grant,' calls himself a socialist. He recently appeared in a cartoon that was created by the California Federation of Teachers that blasts the financially elite for not paying their "fair share" of taxes.
Asner narrates the eight-minute video, which is called "Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale" and appears on the CFT website.
“In 20 years, rich people doubled their share of the land’s income. Schools, public safety, roads, parks libraries, pubic transportation all went into decline. The rich people didn’t care,” says Asner during the narration. “They bought their own teachers, police, garbage collectors and transportation.”
At one point in the video, Asner criticizes “rich people who bought newspapers and TV and radio stations and Internet companies and paid them to repeat over and over, ‘some day you will be rich too. There is no alternative’.”
Conservatives are not happy with this video. Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel played clips of the video, alongside the Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson and Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers.
“There’s really no overstating how dumb this is,” Carlson, a conservative, said. “The idea that there are any California teachers currently in classrooms in charge of children who agree with that, is horrifying.”
“It was pretty bad. I have to say, even I found it offensive,” added Powers, a liberal. “It was too much demonizing for my taste.”
The video and the Fox News discussion of it can be seen here.