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Pure propaganda moment on FOX

Reported by Chrish - March 15, 2006

Sometimes we worry that we're getting inured to FOX News techniques for promoting the Bush administration. Today 3/15/06 on the Big Story one of those crystalline moments occured that assures me that they are still up to their subtle tricks.

Host John Gibson was reciting the teasers for the upcoming segments and read :

A Senate Republican tells (Bush) his Cabinet needs a shake-up, saying the members of the Cabinet have been there too long and there have been too many mistakes. Is this even more evidence of a Republican revolt? That's coming up next." (which it didn't.)

Later in the program he announced:

(Bush) often says that we have to stay the course, but one Republican Senator says that is not a good strategy when it comes to the Cabinet, saying a shake-up is needed. We'll get to that as well as the White House's response to one Senator from Minnesota.

As Gibson read this, however, we didn't see video of the Cabinet or the Senator (though he was pictured w/Bush during the earlier teaser.) No, the video was of Bush and a military officer in dress uniform walking, no, striding, somewhere. Did the chyron read "Shake-up in Cabinet?"? Or "Bush advisors exhausted?"? No, it read "Staying the course." The desired effect, of course, is to again present Bush as a strong leader, even as everything falls down around him.

On its own of course it seems insignificant, but the repetition of such minor tactics adds up when the faithful see it day after day.

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