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Greg Jarrett – Liar Or Uninformed?

Reported by Priscilla - June 15, 2008 -

Yesterday (June 14th), on the Saturday edition of Election HQ with Julie Banderas and Greg Jarrett, Jarrett spoke with liberal Newsday columnist Ellis Henican about (surprise, surprise) drilling in ANWR and the need for further off shore drilling. (Comment: Fox does seem to have an agenda here because this seems to be the theme of the moment).

Jarrett made the perfunctory, “amusing” remarks about “who cares about caribous,” to which Henican responded that we shouldn’t have to ruin a pristine Arctic wilderness so people can drive Hummers. (Comment: Environmental issues aren’t important to the 6,000 year old earth, rapture ready crowd.) Jarrett then mentioned off shore drilling and said that the environmentalists killed off shore drilling in Florida and California. He then, with his characteristic, smarmy chortle said that the Chinese were drilling off of Cuba.

Comment: Wait a minute. Didn’t he read the memo, from Vice President Cheney, that said "It is our understanding that, although Cuba has leased out exploration blocks 60 miles off the coast of southern Florida, which is closer than American firms are allowed to operate in that area, no Chinese firm is drilling there," Cheney’s statement follows a report, from Jorge Piñon, an energy expert at the University of Miami's Center for Hemispheric Policy who told the Miami Herald that "China is not drilling in Cuba's Gulf of Mexico waters, period.” The Herald added “China's Sinopec oil company does have an agreement with the Cuban government to develop onshore resources west of Havana, Piñon said. The Chinese have done some seismic testing, he said, but no drilling. Western diplomats in Havana told McClatchy that to the best of their knowledge there is no Chinese drilling offshore.” And regarding “environmentalists killing Florida and California off shore drilling” – Jarrett didn’t do his homework because if he did, he would have found out that a Republican controlled US Senate, in 2006, passed a law, which while permitting off shore drilling, limited off shore drilling to beyond 125 miles of the Florida coasts. Florida Republican Mel Martinez said that this measure “will protect our shoreline.” As far as California goes, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said this: “I will continue working with the California Congressional Delegation to urge the defeat of any changes to the existing ban on offshore drilling. I will also work to get the federal government to buy out the existing federal leases. Our ocean, beaches, and coastline is critical to the entire state and every single Californian. I am unwilling to put our environment at risk for the sake of new energy exploration on California’s coast.” (Comment: He must be a “secret” “S-P”! )

Comment: Once again Fox fits it’s “facts” around the policy despite the fact that their “facts” are different, in this case, from their Republican gurus who have accepted fact based reality. Fox does know its demographics very well because they rely on the fact that their factually challenged audience will blindly believe the factually inaccurate gospel according to Roger Ailes. Once again the “wisdom of George Costanza” comes to mind – “it’s not a lie if you believe it.”