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Another imaginary "what if" scenario enables FOX to demonize the "mainstream media'

Reported by Chrish - June 16, 2008 -

Near the top of the hours this morning 6/18/08 on both FOX and Friends First and FOX and Friends, host Steve Doocy took an actual event from an Obama campaign stop and spun it out into a straw-man argument, another "what if" John McCain had said that. Predictably, he concluded that had it been McCain the mainstream media would be all over it; as it was Obama who said it, you'll only hear about it on FOX. This speaks volumes more about FOX than it does any other news outlets.

I love this; he's making it so easy for us. Forget the straw-man what-if scenario and take the reality, in which Obama riffs off Sean Connery's character in "The Untouchables" and which Doocy both times recognized as a metaphor. The mainstream media ignores it because... he is clearly riffing off Sean Connery in "The Untouchables" and making use of metaphor.

Last Friday Obama, at a Philadelphia fundraiser, was remarking on anticipated GOP attacks on him that will continue the characterization of him as "a scary guy." Someone in the crowd yelled "don't give in!" and Obama replied "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun, because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I've seen Eagles fans." (The banners read "Obama's tough talk: says he's ready for a good brawl.") Viewers were shown the clip of Connery counseling Kevin Costner and read a retort from the McCain campaign that accused "Obama's call for new politics is officially over." Doocy acknowledged that it's jsut a metaphor, of course he's not going to bring a gun, but... "put the shoe on the other foot; had John McCain said 'if they bring a knife, we're going to take a gun to the Barack Obama campaign,' you know that kind of thing would have wound up 24/7 making headlines from here to November. ... The mainstream media, it's just going to go on. The only place you're going to hear about it is here."

Because it's another non-story FOX is trying to blow up into a controversy (while protecting themselves by acknowledging it's a figure of speech), mixing the reality of the quote with the fantasy of the alternative treatment John McCain would allegedly get. They're out of bullets and shooting blanks.

Update: The FOX and Friends' edition, with Gretchen Carlson added to the mix, featured a banner that further personalized the message by slightly distorting the quote: "Obama on GOP: If they bring knife, I'll bring gun." Instead of saying the media would make headlines of it, he ramped it up: "You've got to know that the mainstream media would beat him silly from here to November 4th."