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The Lance Armstrong Doping Snit is Now an "Attack" on the United States

Reported by Melanie - August 25, 2005

The final segment today (August 25, 2005) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Fox's alleged "business news" program, was about the French newspaper L'Equipe's claim that Lance Armstrong used the drug EPO during the l999 Tour de France.

The guest for the segment was David Johnson, the "CEO and cofounder" of Strategic Vision. According to its web site, Strategic Vision specializes in political consulting, campaign message and communications, opposition research, polling, "media training," organizational development, building grassroots coalitions, branding, and web design. I clicked around but didn't find any info about doping or cycling.

Substitute host Terry Keenan introduced Johnson, saying, "My next guest says the French will stop at nothing to attack the United States."

After Keenan and Johnson discussed the events of the last few days, Keenan asked, "What do the French and the folks at the Tour de France have against Lance Armstrong? He's really put the race on the map and brought in tens of millions of dollars into France."

Johnson said, "He really has, but it's a larger thing. The Tour de France, French newspapers, the French public don't like anything American and that dates back to World War II. The French have had, since World War II, a love/hate relationship with the United States. We've seen this in Iraq, we saw it during the Cold War. They love Americans to come over and visit and spend tourist money, they love Americans for liberating France, but they hate Americans because America really has replaced France as one of the leaders. We led in the Cold War, we led in World War II and now we're leading in sports."

Comment: It's SO like Fox to turn a snit between a French newspaper and an individual US citizen into an attack on the United States as a whole. After all, per the Bush administration, France's refusal to support the invasion of Iraq was an unpardonable offense. If Fox portrays France and its citizens as self-centered egomaniacs, one can understand why it didn't support the war - there's something wrong with France, not with Bush.

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