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Fox Helps Hypocrite Connie Mack (R-FL) Distort Joe Kennedy's Effort to Provide Heating Oil to the Poor

Reported by Melanie - February 12, 2007 -

In the lead segment on Your World today (February 12, 2007), Neil Cavuto hosted Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) and gave him a platform to attack Joseph P. Kennedy II. Mack is having a conniption because Kennedy is accepting oil from Citgo to distribute to the poor through his Citizens Energy Corporation.

Citgo is "a subsidiary of Petrč´¸leos de Venezuela S.A., the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company."

Cavuto introduced Mack saying that he wants Kennedy to "stop participating in ads touting Chavez's cheap oil and [to] apologize for supporting a dictator." He said though Kennedy claims that "because there have been cutbacks in energy aid to the poor in this country led by folks like you, you're the last to complain. What do you say?"

Mack said, "that's crazy of him," that the whole ad campaign - to help the poor, don't forget - "is crazy," because he's aligning "himself so closely with Hugo Chavez who is a sworn enemy of this country."

Cavuto asked Mack what he wants Kennedy to do and Mack said he'd "like to see the ads come down and for him to apologize." Cavuto said he had a copy of a letter Kennedy sent to Mack in response to his attack but Mack said he "just got a copy" and hadn't "had a chance to read the whole thing yet," but his "objection is to Joe Kennedy..."

The banter between Cavuto and Mack continued along these lines with the democratically elected Chavez being referred to as "a dictator" by both Cavuto and Mack. At the end, Cavuto asked Mack if we should "turn his oil away," and Mack, true hypocrite that he is, said, "I don't think we can turn it away," but we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," yadayada, but "the real question" is "why is Joseph Kennedy so closely aligning himself with Hugo Chavez who wants to disrupt the balance of power? He calls himself a dictator."

Comment: Here is the letter Kennedy sent to Mack in response to Mack's attack. A few of my favorite parts are:

Since you express concerns with a non-profit energy company doing business with a Venezuelan-owned oil company to help the poor, I'm sure you have letters in the mail to Exxon/Mobil, BP, Shell, Conoco Phillips, Valero, and even Halliburton objecting to the billions of dollars in oil profits they've made in Venezuela to benefit their executives and shareholders while helping the economy of Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez.


Your logic, which vaguely resembles the purity of the neocons who got us into the war in Iraq, would have us focus our wrath on countries you consider undemocratic. If that's your concern, then where is your blistering statement denouncing oil from Saudi Arabia, a country run by an unelected monarchy and which produced 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers?

Kennedy will be a guest on Your World tomorrow to, as Cavuto put it, respond to the "brouhaha over those Venezuelan oil ads." It takes the mind, and the news channel, of oil-greedy, paranoid, "family values" neo-cons to turn this issue, which is about getting heating oil to the desperately poor, into one about Hugo Chavez and Venezuela.