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That’s Not Exactly What He Said

Reported by Priscilla - May 20, 2008 -

As I have often noted, Fox directs its propaganda to those with limited attention spans so the talking points are kept short and simple. They reinforce these talking points with instructional chyrons in case the audience doesn’t get “it.” If the chyrons are quoting Democrats, they are crafted so as to communicate what Fox wants communicated, with no regard to context. This was illustrated during the panel discussion on last night’s “Special Report.” While the panel was discussing Obama’s ideas about negotiating with leaders of rogue nations, without preconditions, the “explanatory” chyron read: “Obama – Iran doesn’t pose serious threat to us like Soviet Russia did.” Turns out that there was more to the quote which, of course, Fox ignored.

Here’s the actual quote: "Iran, Cuba, Venezuela — these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, `We're going to wipe you off the planet.'"

Comment: In the wacky world of Fox and the republican war wing, Iran is the kingdom of the anti-Christ (actually this is part of McCain’s pastor pal’s core belief system.) In carrying the water for the war hawks, Fox seeks to paint Iran as being the ultimate, all time world threat with Ahmadinejad as the new Hitler. (Hagee’s words). Any politician who seeks to talk, rather than invade, is seen as an appeaser. The historical reality that Reagan met with the “evil empire,” which had far more fire power than Iran, is ignored. And in clipping Obama’s quote, Fox makes Obama’s comments seem simplicist when the simplicity is in how Fox explains it all to their audience whose knowledge of current events and history is relegated to what Fox tells them.