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Big Story takes a swipe at John Edwards, "phony" frame

Reported by Chrish - August 8, 2007 -

FOX News continues to pile on Democratic candidate John Edwards. Big Story host John Gibson faced some opposition from Fox News Analyst Kirsten Powers yesterday 8/7/07, but she eventually agreed with him, that comments made by the candidate's wife were ill-advised and showed their frustration.
With video.

In a teaser where Gibson described Edwards as wealthy (big mansion, $400 haircuts) and claimed that Edwards wants you to think of him as everyman, Gibson asked the real Edwards to please stand up. Obviously that is misleading; he does not live like us any more, but unlike Bush he wasn't born to wealth - he earned it and delivers the all-American message, that you can too.

An editorial in a South Carolina paper called John Edwards a "phony," so the Big Story chose to highlight it, including text graphics and reading aloud (for the duller-than-average BS consumer) of the most insulting passages. The author of the editorial apparently was holding a grudge because the "downstairs" folks at his paper did not get a chance to shake Edwards' hand, supposedly because Edwards was only nice to the people "upstairs" who would have a say in the paper's endorsement.

Gibson inadvertantly included himself in a group of people who, Edwards says, don't treat him fairly and tried to back away from the inclusion, asking Powers if Edwards had a point, that "people like (Gibson)" were unfair to (Edwards)? Let's ask the tape, instead, courtesy of the smear merchants at Media Matters, where you can hear Presidential candidate Edwards called a fraud, a pansy, the Breck Girl, Silky, and "A man who whored his wife's cancer as a fundraising gimmick." And O'Reilly says the hate is on the left?

Kirsten rebutted the "nonsensical narrative," that he is wealthy so cannot advocate for the poor.
Gibson then brought up the bash-Edwards-talking-point du jour: apparently Elizabeth Edwards said

"We can't make John a black person or a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars. Now it's nice to get on the news, but not the be all and end all."

Gibson asked the rhetorical question "you can't ignore stuff like that, can you?" and Powers responded that it was an unfortunate statement - obviously Elizabeth is frustrated that the other leading contenders are getting more attention in the press, leaving her husband stuck at the "back of the pack."

EE's statement could have been acknowledged for its truth but Powers unfortunately chose to attach a negative to it, taking away from Edwards message of hope and optimism and putting them on the defensive.