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Simple Talking Points for simple minds

Reported by Chrish - July 20, 2006 -

"Talking Points is big on simplicity." LOL - truer words never found on The O'Reilly Factor!

Today's Memo 7/20/06 oversimplified the fighting between Israel and Hezzbollah, and confused Lebanon and Hezbollah in order to do so. There was some outright untruth in there too, a talking point that has been around for weeks now but has been revealed here as false by Marie Therese, i.e., that Hezbollah started this, unprovoked.

O'Reilly takes the White House stand that there should be no cease-fire and criticizes the Pope, Jacques Chirac (quel surprise!), Vladimir Putin, and the unnamed prime minister of Lebanon (Fuad Saniora). He makes the incorrect comparison of Hezbollah targeting Israel to Mexico hypothetically doing the same - killing and kidnapping Border Patrol agents and having an arsenal of missiles pointed at American cities. Obviously Mexico is a sovereign nation with a government; just as obviously but purposely overlooked is the fact that Hezbollah is not operating as the Lebanese government.

Within this hypothetical analogy he repeates an earlier statement, that Hezbollah kidnapped the Israelis unprovoked. But Marie Therese has led us to information that there was a kidnapping before that, of two Palestinians by Israelis. From her post:

On July 7th Lord Ian Gilmour, former UK Secretary of Defense and a member of the Conservative Party in England was interviewed by E. D. Hill of FOX & Friends regarding the escalating tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In the course of their discussion Lord Gilmour reported something that, he claimed, had not been reported in America.

LORD GILMOUR: "Yes, yes, I think probably in your country [these things] haven't been reported. The day before the Israeli soldier was kidnapped, the Israelis kidnapped a Palestinian doctor from Gaza and his brother."

"Gaza, itself, the latest phase, began on June 24. It was when Israel abducted two Gaza civilians, a doctor and his brother. We don't know their names. You don't know the names of victims. They were taken to Israel, presumably, and nobody knows their fate. The next day, something happened, which we do know about, a lot. Militants in Gaza, probably Islamic Jihad, abducted an Israeli soldier across the border. That's Corporal Gilad Shalit. And that's well known; the first abduction is not. Then followed the escalation of Israeli attacks on Gaza, which I don't have to repeat. It's reported on adequately."

...only one American media outlet - Democracy Now - made mention of the abduction of the doctor and his brother but that wasn't until July 14th when guest Noam Chomsky said this:

In light of the above, it appears that FOX News (and the rest of the American corporate media) are deliberately editing the information we Americans receive.

O'Reilly complains that the "cease-fire crowd" doesn't care about Hezbollah missiles, or the fact that "the UN can't get the terror situation under control." (Like we're doing in Iraq, right?) Hezbollah and Hamas don't want peace, they only want to kill Jews. Actually their goal is to run Jews off the land using tactics of terror, but that's too complicated. O'Reilly wants viewers to remember one thing: only people who want peace can secure peace.

That knife cuts both ways. There IS another possible ending to this but it is not to be discussed.