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Fox News Sean Hannity program on April 15, 2014

Cliven Bundy is the Nevada cattle rancher who for more than two decades has refused to pay grazing fees to the federal Bureau of Land Management, claiming that he should be exempt because (a) he does not recognize the existence of the Federal government in Nevada and (b) he has ancient ancestral rights to the land upon which his cows graze and poop.

Bundy's story has inspired Fox News—particularly Sean Hannity—to whore itself out to the armed militia freakshow in a naked ploy for ratings. While even Hannity has conceded that Bundy probably is on the wrong side of the law, they've presented him as a sympathetic figure: A simple man fighting in his twilight years against an out-of-control Leviathan state helmed by the anti-Christ himself, President B. Hussein Obama-Ayers.

Bundy says his family has rights to the land dating back to the 19th century, a claim that even if it were rooted in reality wouldn't change a damn thing about the fact that he's a deadbeat rancher refusing to pay his fare share who doesn't even have the support of his fellow ranchers in Nevada. But it turns out that not even that claim is true, as flagged by our very own nachtwulf and uncovered by the investigative reporting team at KLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As they report, despite Bundy's ability to tell a good yarn...

At the Bunkerville camp next to Cliven Bundy's ranch, there are constant reminders of history.

Revolutionary War flags, ancient Greek mottos and native American symbols, all mixing together to create a growing identity and narrative for protestors.

...those symbols are just propaganda:
Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy's parents moved from Bundyville, Arizona and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt.

Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it. Court records show Bundy family cattle didn't start grazing on that land until 1954.

The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born.

On a substantive basis, it really wouldn't matter if Bundy weren't a fraud—even if his family had lived on his ranch since 1877, it wouldn't change the fact that his cattle are grazing on Federal, not private, land and that he should play by the same rules as everybody else. But he is a fraud, and somehow that makes his story an even more fitting symbol for what America's far right has become.

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