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Fox Intentionally Misinterprets a Quote by Michelle Obama in Order to Smear Her

Reported by Melanie - February 29, 2008 -

One of the segments on Your World w/Neil Patrick Cavuto today (February 29, 2008) centered around something Michelle Obama said yesterday in Zanesville, Ohio. Taking selected words, and omitting inconvenient truths, Fox ran with it and smeared Obama as an anti-American hypocrite.

Here is the quote Fox played with (the part they left out is in bold).

We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do... Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.

To set the segment up, substitute host Terry Keenan read the above quote, which was on the screen (but she flubbed the first sentence -- "which is what a lot of us were asking young people") and then she turned to guest Jonathan Hoenig and asked, "What would happen to our economy if everybody took Michelle's advice?"

Hoenig, being the capitalist pig that he is, said, "What has always made American unique is that you're free from public service and free to pursue your own life, liberty and happiness. It sounds to me that what Michelle Obama is basically proposing is collectivism -- this notion of selfless sacrifice to the community for the public at large...to me that's really not a very American ideology at all." There's "nothing morally superior about becoming a low paid teacher as opposed to a wealthy hedge fund manager." (His emphasis.)

Julia Piscitelli Valentine, the "balance" to this allegedly "fair and balanced" debate, went on somewhat disjointedly about how her mother-in-law is a nurse working in a corporation making in excess of $100,000 per year.

Keenan wondered whether it would "hurt the economy if the profit motive behind people's choice of employment was taken away from them."

(What? Michelle Obama didn't say anything about taking people's choice of employment away from them!)

Valentine said she didn't think "everyone's going to run away from corporate America," but Hoenig said that while Obama urges everyone to "renounce" corporate America, "she herself makes over $120,000 a year."

Keenan -- ready with some ammo -- said that according to the Obamas' tax return, they made "income in the $900,000 range" last year.

Valentine said we should make sure that teachers and nurses get salaries such that those jobs are "valued in our community."

Hoenig got in the last word with, "I'm just glad that people like Bill Gates and Michael Dell and Steve Jobs didn't become teachers and went out trying to make a buck because, you know what? It improves all our lives incredibly in the process."

Comment: These radical righties are cold, hard people. Being a teacher or going into nursing is a bad thing in their world, even if its voluntary. I'll say it again: I hope this election exposes just how anti-American THEY are.

UPDATE: March 1, 2008, 12:05 a.m. ET - Due to wildly off topic comments, this post is closed. It will reopen in the morning. Please go to the News Hounds' forums. You're free to talk about anything there but comments made to posts must be on topic.

UPDATE: March 1, 2008 9:32 a.m. ET - Post reopened to comments.