FOX cites sister company Times (London) to smear Hillary Clinton
Reported by Chrish - October 22, 2007 -
Last week they used sister company New York Post, a tabloid that was quoting an anonymous commenter on a celebrity blog, to smear liberal radio host Randi Rhodes. This morning 10/22/07 the FOX and Friends crew used a blatantly hostile article from sister company The Times to smear Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Saying that "Clinton’s treatment of Socks cuts to the heart of the questions about her candidacy," the article never backed down from its aggressive anti-Hillary headline, "Ouch! Hillary Clinton's softer image is clawed over dumped cat." The one instance where it appeared they might be cutting her some slack, “In the annals of human evil, off-loading a pet is nowhere near the top of the list,” was quickly followed by the qualification “But neither is it dead last, and it is especially galling when said pet has been deployed for years as an all-purpose character reference.” Those words are from an article entitled "No Girlfriend of Mine" by one Caitlin Flanagan, referred to by The Times and Steve Doocy.
So it was a hit piece, plain and simple., written by a colleague once-removed in the widespread Murdoch family...what my mother would term "You lie and I'll swear to it."
So, Gretchen Carlson swore to it this morning on FOX and Friends. Carlson "reported" that Hillary Clinton was back in the news and we wouldn't believe what the focus was on - "not about her candidacy, necessarily." Their banner reflected The Times headline: "Kitty Controversey - Hillary's image clawed over dumped cat." Regardless that the Clintons gave Socks to former secretary Betty Currie over six years ago, which was duly reported way back then, Brian Kilmeade feigned (?) ignorance and fed Carlson her lines. Steve Doocy got to the core of the smear: if she's trying to soften her image, why didn't she hang on to the critter?
FOX boasts in commercials that they provide the best political coverage, period. This is nothing but mudslinging, period.