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Nobel Laureate Carter "An Embarrassment"?

Reported by Judy - June 9, 2005

John Gibson is a frustrated man. Born too late to be a real Nazi in Germany, he has to settle for being one on Fox News. And in the daytime yet, because Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly have the good time slots all sewed up.

So poor Gibson compensates by thinking up ever meaner things to say, in hopes that someone, anyone, will notice. On Wednesday, (June 8, 2005), Gibson decided to attack former President Jimmy Carter.

Carter, who made respect for human rights the cornerstone of his foreign policy even though Republicans like to think it was Ronald Reagan, commented on prisoner abuse scandals in George W. Bush's
"war on terror."

According to the Guardian, Carter said that, "Despite President George W. Bush's bold reminder that America is determined to promote freedom and democracy around the world, the US continues to suffer terrible embarrassment and a blow to our reputation as a champion of human rights because of reports concerning abuses of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo."

In his "My Word" segment, Cavuto quoted Carter are saying, "The U.S. continues to suffer terrible embarrassment and a blow to our reputation because of reports concerning abuses of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo."

Then he went off on Carter, "Think it's worse than the blow to our reputation when he was president? How about the hostages at the Iran Embassy? How about the gas lines, how about the double digits on everything from inflation to unemployment? Boy, those were the days, weren't they?"

The gas lines? Those started under Gerald Ford. Dougle digit unemployment? Not under Carter. Unemployment never went above 7.8 percent under Carter, and it was as low as 5.6, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics web page. The double digit unemployment was under Ronald Reagan, when it topped 10 percent every month from September 1982 to June 1983. The double-digit inflation, which continued under Reagan until he had thrown enough people out of work to slow the economy down, was mainly due to fed increases in interest rates.

And hostages? They all returned home, alive, with their heads still attached. Under George Bush, Americans taken hostage in Iraq were beheaded as Bush stood helplessly by, barely acknowledging their fate. And when hostages from other countries are released unharmed, we somehow manage to screw up the situation by shooting at their car on the way to the airport and killing one of their escorts. Yeah, these are the days all right.

Gibson claims that all but a few Americans suffered "terribly" under Carter, that his presidency was a "disaster at the time and a profound continuing embarrassment to this country."

Only true if you make up the facts, and nobody notices. Sorry John, the Big Lie doesn't work as long as the News Hounds are watching.

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