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Fox Financial Guy, Charles Payne, Compares Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee to the "Socialist Dictator" Hugo Chavez

Reported by Melanie - January 4, 2008 -

Charles Payne is one of the financial pundits you'll see on Fox News and on the Fox Business Network (such as it is). Payne is the founder of Wall Street Strategies and an answer guy at "Fox Fan Central." Payne was on Your World w/Neil Cavuto today (January 4, 2008) and he likened the populist messages of Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who Fox has been vilifying as a "socialist dictator" for more than a year now.

Neil Cavuto, the host of Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Fox's "premiere business news" show, introduced Payne with this:

Meanwhile, Obama, Huckabee. Same message, different parties of course, and it's called populism:

Video of Barack Obama saying,

I'll be a president who ends those tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and put those tax breaks into the pocket of ordinary Americans who deserve them.

Video of Mike Huckabee saying,

You know, people are looking for a presidential candidate who reminds them more of the guy they work with rather than the guy that laid them off, and I think that that's part of what's going on right now.

Cavuto went on to say something about whether populism won or lost in America yesterday in Iowa and then said to Payne, "So, Charles, what's you biggest worry about this kind of talk?"

Payne responded:

Well, you know, what it does to an economy. We have a great economy. Perhaps the greatest economy ever. [This on a day when the economy looked so bad Cavuto wouldn't even talk about it.] Sure, we're in a weak period now but Neil we have an expansion that has gone on so long, you know, the business cycle. Every now and then it slows down but to wreck this economy to appease the public, it's almost like the stuff you hear from Hugo Chavez. You know, we just can't throw money out there, particularly by punishing the wealthy and the successful. It's nuts. It's scary.

Here's video:

Comment: As you can see, Fox tends to take "corporate media" to the extreme. Here we have a pundit dissing the American people in order to protect the ruling elite -- the top who-knows-what-percent -- 2? -- of Americans. Millions of average Joes and Janes sit in their living rooms being fed this propaganda every day. It's designed to keep the rich rich, while those who express concern for Joe and Jane reap scorn for trying to "appease the public." The next time you see Fox vilifying someone, look into what they're saying. Chances are they're looking out for you. Conversely, the next time you see Fox pushing a candidate or a policy, look into it. Chances are it'll screw you.