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The Fox Propaganda Machine Keeps Churning

Reported by Melanie - August 24, 2005

Fox News did a good job of carrying water for the Bush administration today (August 24, 2005) when it devoted two segments at the beginning of Your World to making absolutely sure its audience knew President Bush met with military families today (think Cindy Sheehan).

At the top of the show, after a few sentences about tropical storm Katrina, substitute host Stuart Varney opened with, "Meanwhile, the President in a storm of his own over the war in Iraq, meeting today with families of loved ones killed." As Varney spoke, a chyron at the bottom of the screen read, "Bush Meets With Families of Troops Killed in Iraq," and Fox aired video of Bush kissing and hugging an unidentified woman standing in an unidentified crowd. (Here's a picture of her from fox and friend, the Drudge Report.)

Varney then tossed to Molly Henneberg in Nampa, Idaho. Henneberg reported on the speech Bush gave there today before a user-friendly crowd of National Guard members and their families. At the end of her report she said, "Right now the President is meeting individually with members of 19 families, a total of 68 family members. Each family has lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan."

As Henneberg spoke, Fox showed two chyrons to underscore her report: "President Bush Meeting with 19 Families of Fallen Troops Today," and, "Bush Meets Families of Troops Who Died in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Next came a telephone interview with Inge Colton of Killeen, Texas, who lost her husband in Iraq in April, 2004. Varney's first question to her was, "Inge, when you met with the President, did he get to you, did he reach you emotionally in your time of sorrow?" Of course she said, "Yes." She said Bush was "very considerate of my feelings," he "hugged me and apologized to me," he "asked if I had any questions for him." Colton said she has supported the war, and Bush, all along, and does "not agree with her [Cindy Sheehan] at all."

Comment: No folks, Fox doesn't simply report Bush's activities, it emphasizes whatever the Bush administration wants it to emphasize. Today's message was that Bush does meet with military families (68 members today alone!) and when he does he is sensitive and compassionate and they support him, and his war. Therefore, Cindy Sheehan and her supporters don't know what they're talking about and they might even be liars. And yes, as always, Fox News was more than willing to devote two segments to making sure that message came across loud and clear.

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