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Revisionist History 101: FOX Distorts Facts to Create False Impressions

Reported by Marie Therese - March 3, 2006

At a time when there is more and more hard, cold, factual evidence of Republican criminal activity, incompetence and just plain old stupidity, FOX News - desperate to make it appear that there is a comparable level of misbehavior on the Democratic side - routinely makes news where none exists using innuendo, implication, false analogy, non sequiturs and ad hominem attacks targeted at Democrats and, by extension, progressives.

A really clear case of this occurred last night [3-2-06] on Hannity & Colmes during a segment involving Sean Allen, a debater from Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, who decided he'd get a little publicity by taping his teacher's lecture. (See Ellen's rearlier report on this.) During O'Reilly's show last night, the teacher's lawyer made it very clear that the teacher was leading a DEBATE class when he made the supposedly inflammatory remarks. That information was not revealed on Hannity & Colmes, who consistently referred to the tacher as a "geography" teacher.

Another example of the deplorable FOX News tendency to use innuendo in order to achieve a pre-decided objective occurred this morning during FOX & Friends.

Steve Doocy started off by saying "Let me ask you this, Brian and E.D., do you ever take a call late and night and not tell your spouse that you're speaking to a foreign government? ... Here's the thing. Hillary Clinton says she did not know that her husband, Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, was asked by the country of Dubai, in particular the Dubai Ports World organization, to give 'em a little advice. Also, Bill Clinton has come out and he's sayin': 'You know what? I was not paid for giving that advice and I'm not an advisor for Dubai. (throws hands up in the air) Maybe I've given some speeches over there but I'm not an official with that company or country.'"

E. D. HILL: "I think it's - I know they're both really busy."

DOOCY: "Yeah."

HILL: "You would think that - I mean, Bill Clinton's certainly is readin' every paper and I would ..."

DOOCY: "Yeah."

HILL (speaking during a clip, apparently getting a new mike): "Oh, thank you very much, Steve, I'll use this. And I would think that he would know that his wife was making news because she was talking about the ports deal and saying this isn't good for our country."

KILMEADE: "Yeah. It's kind of interesting, Steve. You mention that he's had a relationship to the UAE and as the US tries to build a relationship there, because it's so vital, because it's right there next to Iran. They need us. We need them. But he has given - he's gotten a million dollars from Dubai to build up the library. He's gotten $300,000 in 2002, has former President Bill Clinton - nothin' wrong with that - to get (sic) a speech. (excited) Got another $300,000 in 2005 from this and then took a call from Dubai that said: How should we handle the controversy about this acquisition? And he said what I would do is even recommend a 45-day - and welcome - a 45-day additional analysis over this whole thing, so it is a little bit awkward. After this, probably a little bit awkward between Senator - former Senator [Robert] Dole - and current Senator [Elizabeth] Dole - because Senator [Elizabeth] Dole of North Carolina might have one feeling about it but Senator Bob Dole - there's actually signed (sic) to help Dubai with their efforts to get this port deal done."

HILL: "And I think former President Clinton also said to the Dubai government: 'Hey, you know what. You really need somebody working on this that understands Washington. Hire Joe Lockhart. Joe Lockhart also happens to be working for someone close to me.'" Implication: His wife, Hillary.

DOOCY: "That's right."

If you reread this exchange, it is a lot of hot air and innuendo about the Clintons cleverly packaged to offset the really damaging facts about the Doles.

It seems that in addition to Robert Dole, former President George H. W. Bush can be tarred with the Dubai brush! The UAE donated the exact same amount they gave Bill Clinton - $1 million - to Bush Senior's library.

A sheik from the United Arab Emirates contributed at least $1 million to the Bush Library Foundation, which established the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The UAE owns Dubai Port Co., which is taking operations from London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., which operates six U.S. ports. A political uproar has ensued over the deal, which the White House approved without congressional oversight.

The donations were made in the early 1990s for the library, which houses the papers of former President George Bush, the current president's father.

The list of donors names Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan al Nahyan and the people of the United Arab Emirates as one donor in the $1 million or more category.


Other Arab donors include the state of Kuwait, the Bandar bin Sultan family, the Sultanate of Oman, King Hassan II of Morocco and the amir of Qatar. The former Korean prime minister and China also gave tens of thousands of dollars to the library.(Houston Chronicle, 2-23-06)

Additionally, perennial Presidential candidate, FOX News contributor and really, really rich guy Steve Forbes' booking agency, Grabow reports that he was hired to speak at a convention in Dubai in September 2005. They did not disclose his fee.

I suspect that, if I had the time, I would find that a great many very famous people were paid very big fees to speak at some convention or other in Dubai.

The F&F trio then enumerated several negatives on the Dubai deal including a new one, i.e., that the UAE does not have an extradition treaty with us.

But, never one to concede defeat, Kilmeade ended by saying that an Israeli firm has stated that Dubai Ports World's security is "impeccable."

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