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Fox Claims the Bush Administration "Denounced" Pat Robertson's Assassination Remark

Reported by Melanie - August 29, 2005

This afternoon (August 29, 2005) I was perusing a "Recap" of Fox's Saturday morning "business news" programs when I noticed that during Saturday's "Cavuto on Business," substitute host Dagen McDowell said, "But the Bush administration did denounce what Robertson said." McDowell was referring to Pat Robertson's August 22 suggestion that the US assassinate Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela.

On August 23, Sean McCormack, a spokesman for the US State Department, called Robertson's words "inappropriate." He said the US, "does not share his view." Donald Rumsfeld said assassinating a foreign leader, "is against the law. Our department doesn't do that type of thing." To my knowledge, the Bush administration hasn't said a word since.

Comment: Do the above remarks constitute a Bush administration denunciation of what radical Christian cleric Robertson said? Is what Robertson said simply "inappropriate"? Rumsfeld said, "Our department doesn't do that type of thing." I wonder, is there one that does? Do these "denunciations" convince the world that we are not a nation that condones assassinating democratically elected presidents of sovereign nations? Maybe this is about what the definition of is, is, but I'd say Fox is stretching it, to say the least.

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