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Cavuto Lies in Order to Present a Segment About the Crazed Left

Reported by Melanie - January 24, 2006

One of the Big Lies being circulated by the Republican party (with the help of the "liberal media") is that both Republicans and Democrats took money from indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Republicans, sweating bullets over how the Justice Department's investigation into that humongous scandal will unfold, are trying to drag Democrats into the cesspool they alone occupy.

Neil Cavuto, the host, after all, of a "business news" program (I jest), hasn't mentioned Jack Abramoff, that I recall, before today (January 24, 2006). He has been otherwise occupied with preparing his viewers for a war on Iran. But today, Cavuto did mention Abramoff and he behaved like the dutiful Republican water boys he is when he repeated that GOP lie.

In the opening moments of a segment with Laura Ingraham titled "Liberal Venom," Cavuto said:

Did you hear this story? Last week the Washington Post had to shut down a blog - its readers posting vulgar and hateful messages after the paper's ombudsman pointed out that both Democrats along with Republicans received money from the office of indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Cavuto and Ingraham then went on to talk about the "wrath of the left" and their "crazy rantings."

Comment: Isn't Cavuto's statement masterful? It implies that the left is so crazed that it attacked the Washington Post for telling the truth. In fact, the Post's ombudsman was either misinformed or lying herself when she wrote that both Republicans and Democrats took money from Abramoff. Those who posted messages on her blog were furious that she, someone with access to endless fact checking resources, got that wrong. As I watched Cavuto and Ingraham prattle on for three or four minutes about how crazy the left is, their discussion predicated on Cavuto's lie, I started to feel, well, a crazy wrath coming on.

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