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Fox News: Doing Karl Rove's Dirty Work

Reported by Melanie - March 1, 2005

Charlie Jarvis, the president of USA Next, was a guest Monday (February 28, 2005) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto. While touting itself as an alternative to AARP, USA Next has quickly become the radical right's most prominent voice in the effort to dismantle Social Security. The website ThereIsNoCrisis.com has researched this slimy group, and Media Matters has tracked Fox's promotion of it.

As a result of the AARP's opposition to Bush's plan, the right aims to destroy it. To that end, USA Next has, as Cavuto said today, "engaged some of the folks" involved in the "very influential Swift Boat ads to help with its campaign."

Last week, USA Next ran an Internet ad insinuating that AARP hates our troops and favors gay marriage. Here is a picture taken from the ad. Due to public pressure, USA Next pulled the ad but Fox News, itself a surrogate of the radical right, kept the AARP-bashing alive today during Jarvis's appearance.

Teasing upcoming segments at the top of the show, Cavuto said: "And is the AARP a bunch of left wing nut cases? Hear from a group that says it has the data to prove it."

Later, when Cavuto began the interview with Jarvis, he said: "I want you to take a look at this Internet ad attacking the AARP. It has nothing to do with Social Security [What a lie. It has everything to do with Social Security.] but the group behind it says it has everything to do with bringing conservatives to its side." At that point Fox showed the picture from the Internet ad which I linked to above.

During Jarvis's interview, Cavuto, not Jarvis, brought up gay marriage. In his usual innocent, little-boy way, Cavuto said: "Charlie, could I ask you, ah, you're pretty good at playing the media games, in fact very adept at it, to start bringing things like the gay marriage in to sort of tarnish, what really is being debated here. The AARP folks have essentially told me off the record this was foul. This was playing foul." During Jarvis's unresponsive answer, Fox News gave life to what Cavuto said by airing video of lesbian couples marrying in San Francisco last year.

Comment: Cavuto may have an innocent, soft spoken demeaner, but he is as much a warrior for the radical right as Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh. Jarvis didn't link the AARP to gay marriage today, Cavuto did. USA Next may have pulled its ad, but Fox News made sure the message got out anyway.

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