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Stark's four little words obfuscate the big issues on FOX

Reported by Chrish - October 19, 2007 -

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) was in the FOX and Friends' crosshairs this morning 10/19/07 for his remarks yesterday about Bush: "You don't have the money to fund the war or children. But you're gonna spend it, to blow up innocent people, if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."

Of course all the focus has been on those last four words and no-one is addressing what he was talking about - that we're broke but manage to fund the war anyway, on the backs of generations to come, but can't come up with the funding for our own kids' health today. Talking about the deficit spending and tax breaks for the rich during this neverending war while American kids go without necessary healthcare just ain't gonna happen; better to take those four hyperbolic words and blow them up into the measure du jour of faux patriotism.

Brian Kilmeade was aghast; he read a response from John Boehner (R-OH) who said Stark's comments "dishonor" not only Bush but the thousands of US troops who believe in their stated mission. Carlson's part was to tell viewers that Stark will not apologize for his remarks; he says he supports the troops (she reiterated "that's what he says,") and that Bush has dishonored himself and doesn't need any help from him.

Steve Doocy took pains to tell viewers that we all want the war to end and the troops to come home, and freedom of speech is great, but isn't it better to attack the terrorists and the people who are trying to kill us, and not each other? Then, without a trace of irony, he put up the Question of the Day for viewers to phone in their answers:

Stark (pause) Raving Mad?
Over the top or
No need to stop?

This is the kind of "news" event that FOX will cover ad nauseum without ever addressing the serious and consequential issues which prompted it.