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FOX hyperbole over "Biden Blunder"

Reported by Chrish - January 31, 2007 -

As expected, The Big Story 1/31/07 is making a big deal over Joe Biden's remarks about Barack Obama's candidacy. In what is becoming a familiar scenario, former Democratic Strategist and current FOX political analyst Kirsten Powers was brought on to give the appearance of balance, but she and Gibson were once again on the same Democrat-scolding page.

Calling the comments an "outrageous statement" Gibson said it was "probably inevitable that the motormouth Biden would stick his foot in his mouth, but this one was really bad." The chyron read "Biden Blunder" and "Joe Biden calls Barack Obama a "clean" black man." The exact quote is "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy... I mean, that's a storybook, man."

Gibson proceeded to emphasize the word "clean" with his verbal emphasis and more graphics. Video was shown of Obama saying that he doesn't think too much about what folks say during a campaign and referring questioners to Biden to find out what he was thinking at the time. Gibson said that Biden later clarified his remarks, but, Gibson asked, is it too little, too late? He put up another crummy graphic and a soundbite from Biden: "i really regret __ was taken totally out of context. I'm going to say it again, (edit) The idea was very straightforward and simple. My mother has a saying, 'clean as a whistle, sharp as a tack." That's the context in which (garbled). He's crisp, and clear." Kirsten Powers, in the studio with Gibson, laughed.

Gibson asked "who was he talking about, that's not clean?" Powers agreed that's the big question and although she doesn't know who Biden was supposedly calling not clean, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have reason to be angry with him. She also reiterates that he has "foot in mouth disease" and it's amazing that he's gotten himself in SO much trouble on the first day of his presidential campaign. It's not something he can bail out of, she says, because everyone she's talked to is similarly aghast. She agrees with Gibson that this hurts Biden, though didn't go so far as to agree that it's going to end his candidacy. He is "at the back of the pack" and now he's on defense.

Note how this supposed Democratic ally is going after Biden with the same fervor as the FOX gang. Any number of articulate Democrats could have easily deflated this overblown rhetoric.
But that's why they hired her.

This is classic FOX gotcha tactics - they've got a little something and they're going to do their best to blow it up into a big deal, with repetition and analysis way beyond what it deserves.

Hey FOX, analysis this:

"I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake." --George W. Bush, on his best moment in office, interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, May 7, 2006

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." --George W. Bush, interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006

"The Patriot Act has increased the flow of information within our government and it has helped break up terrorist cells in the United States of America. And the United States Congress was right to renew the terrorist act -- the Patriot Act." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. , Sept. 7, 2006

"The only way we can win is to leave before the job is done." --George W. Bush, Greeley, Colo., Nov. 4, 2006

"You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005