Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2012

Ed Asner narrates anti-rich teacher union video, offers to urinate on Fox interviewer

An eight-minute video titled “Tax the Rich: An animated fairy Tale” was narrated by Ed Asner for the California Federation of Teachers’ Union. The video has drawn criticism, especially over the depiction of a wealthy individual urinating on “the common people.”

The video itself has been pulled, so the Hannity video/interview with Asner etc…is posted below

Asner, while appearing at the Broadway show “Grace,” was asked about the short by a Fox News Channel producer.

“I don’t remember a thing I said on it or a word I said on it, but I agreed to do it for California teachers. How disgusting. It should be reversed,” then Asner asked “Can I piss on you?”

Kyle Olson, founder of the Michigan-based Education Action Group, said it left him disgusted.

“That was the most galling thing about it, the image of the rich guy standing at the top of the scale urinating down on the poor,” Olson said. “It’s nothing more than leftist propaganda.”

Olson said the video was also factually inaccurate, noting that claims the rich made the government print money for them when the housing market crashed ignored the fact that billions in stimulus spending went to help bail out homeowners and – ironically — state education programs.

But the video could make its way into the classroom, Olson warned, noting the simplistic presentation seems aimed at kids.

“Who is the audience for this?” he said. “You could easily see teachers or social justice activists introducing it into the classroom. Nothing more than leftist propaganda.”

At the end of the video, viewers are urged to email their elected representatives to tell them to raise taxes on the wealthy in order to fund public services.

Ed Ring, of UnionWatch.org, said the teachers union’s hypocrisy in attacking Wall Street and the so-called “1 percent” is evident in the fact that [the teachers union] and other public-sector unions invest in Wall Street.

“These infantile bits of propaganda, such as their cartoon showing a rich person urinating on common folks, obscures the reality, which is that public-sector unions and Wall Street sharks are allied against the private-sector middle class,” Ring said.


“Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale” by the California Federation of Teachers: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org.

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