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Muddling the Political Waters

Reported by Eleanor - June 25, 2004 -

At 7:05 am ET, June 25 and again at 8:05, Fox & Friends dutifully explained,again, the "connection" between Sadam and al Qaeda, just in case the viewers might have been confused by Al Gore's speech yesterday on that subject, or might have been led to believe Gore's "ranting and raving" diatribe.

The three Fox friends, E.D. Hill, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, wrestled with the semantics of what the Bush Administration has actually said or not said about a "connection, a collaboration, contacts, worked together, links, working with, facilitating, etc." After thoroughly muddling up what words have actually been used by the Administration, our Fox friends stated that this issue "shouldn't be political. It's too complicated," and ending with, "There were contacts. The only question is the link to al Qaeda."

The Fox trio spent a few more minutes discussing a "sweating, screaming Al Gore" with the observation that: "This is the stuff you're going to be hearing, so look for the fine print. When they call the President or Vice President a liar in times of war, you make sure you've got the information."

Comment: So Fox has spoken. We're enlightened. We shall not care if the President and his men (to quote the "ranting and raving" Al Gore): "Have such an overwhelming political interest in sustaining the belief in the minds of the American people that Hussein was in partnership with bin Laden that they dare not admit the truth lest they look like complete fools for launching our country into a reckless, discretionary war against a nation that posed no immediate threat to us whatsoever. But the damage they have done to our country is not limited to misallocation of military economic political resources. Whenever a chief executive spends prodigious amounts of energy convincing people of lies, he damages the fabric of democracy, and the belief in the fundamental integrity of our self-government."

Gore continued, "That creates a need for control over the flood of bad news, bad policies and bad decisions, and also explains their striking attempts to control news coverage. Without a press able to report "without fear or favor" our democracy will disappear."

Hmm. Should we say "will disappear" or "has disappeared?" Semantics are important after all.