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Dayside: Pretend You Didn't Hear That!

Reported by Janie - March 2, 2006

Richard Miniter, author of "Disinformation" appeared on Dayside yesterday to promote his book and discuss Bush's recent trip to Afghanistan. During the segment, an audience member decided to pose a question that didn't fit the typical Fox profile, and was then simultaneously ridiculed and ignored.

During Miniter's appearance, he spent most of the segment discussing how Afghanistan is a "forgotten war", and explained how important it was to the War on Terror to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice (Hmmm, try telling that to the Bush Administration).

When the segment was opened to audience discussion, they only got as far as letting one person speak, especially since they were not pleased with the question they received.

Audience Member: "I was just wondering, do you think President Bush is constantly changing sides, first he was all about Iraq and his support there, and now that he's apparently done, but you know, not really done, now he's switching again. Do you think he's doing that to kind of to divert the attention from the fact that he is starting wars?"

Apparently co-host, Juliet Huddy, was taken aback and made clear to the viewers that the question which was so insulting to "Dear Leader" came "from our Canadian member from our audience", while outright chuckling at her.

Miniter seemed a bit taken aback as well, and responded "I think Bush's view on Iraq is unwavering, some people have criticized him for not changing his mind, but he's kind of like a mule. When he digs his feet in, he's incredibly stubborn. Look, let's answer the question you didn't ask. Why Afghanistan? And the answer is that he was going to India and Pakistan, Karzai is in a lot of trouble, he needs as a lot of shoring up and support as possible."

Comment: After being ridiculed by Huddy, Miniter decided to ignore the meat of the audience member's question, which was why focus changed back and forth from Iraq to Afghanistan to Iran to Syria, and why Bush only comments on current wars, when he feels things are going well. Since Miniter couldn't answer this question properly, he changed the topic and decided to "answer the question you didn't ask."

Apparently the hosts, and guests, of Dayside can't handle a question that doesn't fit into persistent propaganda.

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