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Tony Blair Alters Stance on Iran for White House, Fox Takes Blair's Side

Reported by Janie - May 30, 2006

Last night (5/29) Fox News Correspondent Jim Angle substituted for Brit Hume on Special Report, but despite Hume's absence the "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment remained biased and one-sided.

Angle bumbled "A British newspaper has accused Prime Minister Tony Blair of significantly changing his language on Iran in a policy address in Washington last week under pressure from the White House.

The London Telegraph reports that Blair planned to say that change should not be imposed on Iran. What he said instead was 'I am not saying we should impose change on Iran.'

Though the two versions are virtually indistinguishable, the source insisted to the paper that the White House asked for the different wording, so as to keep the military option on the table.

A British official calls the story 'categorically untrue'."

First, these two phrases are distinctly different, especially in the nuanced science of diplomacy where every word counts. Blair's original meaning was very specific - change should NOT be imposed. In the second, altered phrase it certainly can be interpreted as more open-ended and that change could possibly be imposed. Both Fox and the Administration don't seem to understand that diplomacy is not a series of escalating rhetoric, and one slight change in wording can modify all relations between countries - especially in the nuclear age.

Second, Angle neglected to mention it wasn't just Iran Blair revised his stance on for the White House, but also the World Bank, IMF, and climate change. According to the London Telegraph:

"The Americans suggested changes - and in a break with the usual protocol, Mr Blair appears to have made them. He seems to have watered down his original insistence that "change should not be imposed on Iran" to leave the door open for military action. He dropped his original insistence that the US and Europe give up their monopoly of the top posts at the IMF and the World Bank. He scaled back his plea for action on climate change."

The segment was another typical one-sided hit piece against anyone that has something to say that is unsanctioned about the Administration. Simply more proof that Fox is the propaganda arm of this White House.

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