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History According to Fox: Reagan Opened U.S.S.R. Negotiations

Reported by Judy - December 16, 2006 -

Fox News does a lot of partisan propagandizing, putting out stories that are one-sided in order to intentionally favor George Bush and his party. The news channel deserves a lot of criticism for that, but media critics should not overlook the parts of Fox News that are just plain sloppy work by weak journalists. With Video.

The latest case in point came Saturday (December 16, 2006) on "Cavuto on Business." The perpetrator was business reporter Rebecca Gomez.

Neil Cavuto had chosen a typically weak story line for his show -- a debate on the question of whether people like Pope Benedict want the U.S. to "appease evil" by going soft on radical Islam. Cavuto, however, never explained exactly how radical Islam was being appeased. After panelist Jim Rogers, author of Hot Commodities and other books, asked him to explain, Cavuto said that the pope and others are criticizing the United States instead of criticizing Iran or Al Qaeda.

The panel mostly rejected Cavuto's logic, saying criticism of the U.S. doesn't amount to appeasement. Gregg Hymowitz, of Entrust Capital, went on to suggest that negotiation with countries such as Iran is better than war. As he put it, "At the end of the day, if you were an investor in the equity markets, what would you rather have, conflicts and wars all the time or would you rather have some level of peace and stability? And I think the idea of negotiating and talking and trying to have some diplomacy with these various counries ultimately would be positive for the equity markets."

Gomez then chimed in with her two cents, trying to suggest that opening talks with Iran might not be a bad idea, saying, "Look at what former President Reagan did when he started talking with the former U.S.S.R. There were a lot of people who criticized that decision, but it turned out to be a brilliant move.”

Huh? Is Gomez saying Reagan was the first U.S. president to talk with the Soviet Union? Is she crediting the author of the "evil empire" line with a "Nixon went to China" move? American relations with the former Soviet Union were not cozy, but they did exist all through the Cold War. There never was a time when the U.S. broke off diplomatic relations completely, closed our embassy, and brought everybody home, and those relations helped defuse many a crisis between the two super-powers.

Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev visited the U.S. in 1959, and Nixon made the first visit of an American president to the Soviet Union since the end of World War II in May 1972 for a summit on Strategic Arms Limitation. Numerous other officials made visits as well, including Treasury Secretary George Schulz, long before Reagan took office, and official exchange programs, as well as trade, were all underway.

Poor Gomez is sadly confused about something. She is not being partisan (except in the sense that Fox News worships Ronald Reagan). No, she is just a journalist who is in way over her head. And she has a lot of company at Fox News.