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Fox News Lies About Barack Obama's Positions in "Battle" Over "Appeasement"

Reported by Melanie - May 16, 2008 -

This afternoon, Fox's "business news" guy, Neil Cavuto was chomping at the bit to hear John McCain's response to Barack Obama's "attacks about the 'appeasement' battle" (per a frequently aired chyron) which was to happen at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The promos began almost immediately. Cavuto was almost giddy as they rolled along at 4:09 p.m., 4:11 p.m., 4:12 p.m., 4:19 p.m., 4:23 p.m. ("We'll be on it when he does."), 4:27 p.m., 4:32 p.m. ("What is fast becoming an all out war on appeasement.")

McCain didn't address Obama's "attacks" initially so through two segments beginning at roughly 4:37 p.m. Cavuto's audience saw him standing at the podium at the NRA. At one point Cavuto said, we're going to "stay focused" on McCain because "at any minute now he's expected to address the Obama rift."

At 4:43 p.m. Fox cut away and went to McCain speaking about Obama. At 4:51 p.m. Fox cut away and went to Cavuto who said McCain "has come out firing against Barack Obama, referring to the fact that his openness to talk to even the leaders of countries we don't like, ah, McCain saying it is reckless to say unconditional meetings [Obama has never said any meeting will be unconditional] will advance our interests. On Iraq, an immediate pullout, as Barack Obama has intimated [not true], ah, a reckless and premature withdrawal will be dangerous and risk our security interests. Senator McCain clearly referring to his own familiarity with war; 'Sometimes we must pay those wages so that we don't pay greater wages in the future.'"

Cavuto then tossed to Major Garrett who said the "gauntlet" was "thrown down on two major issues." First, "all direct talks with Iran and other state sponsors of terrorism which Barack Obama says he's open to as president," and "on Iraq." McCain opposes "Barack Obama's stated desire to pull troops out very soon after becoming president of the United States regardless, more or less, of the conditions on the ground and the safety and efficacy of taking those troops out." [Comment: As an alleged "news reporter" you'd think Garrett would "attack" McCain for misrepresenting Obama's position...but no!]

Garrett said, "What you clearly saw here was John McCain saying I'm different from George Bush on Iraq." [Comment: Watch the speech. This is absolute bullsh*t. Despite what the GOP Fox might have hoped, McCain did not sound "different from George Bush on Iraq."] Garrett continued, trying to explain why McCain is "different" from Bush on Iraq: McCain said, "I was for the surge, I was for a change in policy there therefore I have credibility that George Bush lacks. I'm with the president: I'm not talking to Iran because their behavior is simply not going to change..." The McCain camp, "pushed back, back, very hard, back against Obama, as you just saw."

Comment: So, bottom line, Fox has to lie about Obama's positions on "unconditional meetings" with "even the leaders of countries we don't like" and on an "immediate pullout" from Iraq in order to make this work. But hey, that's what Fox is there for.