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Right-wing media, with FOX leading the way, trying to create another media frenzy over a few innocuous words, this time from Bill Clinton

Reported by Chrish - July 8, 2008 -

The FOX and Friends trio piled on former President Bill Clinton this morning 7/8/08, referring repeatedly to him as "Bubba" and completely misinterpreting remarks made at the Aspen Ideas Festival to create the impression of a coordinated effort by Democrats to impugn John McCain's military service and POW suffering.
With video.

The segment was headlined "POW Anger" with the word anger used on-screen and verbally:

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although the partial quote put on the screen made no such mention:

"If you know anybody who was a P.O.W. for any length of time, you will see, you go along for months or maybe even years and then something will happen and it will trigger all those bad dreams, and it will come back..."


Jake Tapper reported that


"In a conversation about former South African president Nelson Mandela, Clinton talked about Mandela's ability to forgive his captors.

"Didn't you hate them?" Clinton recalled asking Mandela privately, referring to Mandela's final steps as a prisoner walking to freedom.

"'Sure I did,'" Mandela said, per Clinton. "'I felt anger and hatred and fear. And I realized if I kept hating them, once I got in that car and got through the gate I would still be in prison. So I let it go because I wanted to be free.'"

Continued Clinton: "Every living soul on the planet has some often highly justified anger. Everybody… If you know anybody who was a P.O.W. for any length of time, you will see, you go along for months or maybe even years and then something will happen and it will trigger all those bad dreams, and it will come back, it may not last 30 seconds…"

But Mandela has avoided that, Clinton said, because he has "disciplined himself and his mind and his heart and his spirit."


The three FOX Friends were in agreement that there was a not-so-subtle jab at John McCain in Clinton's remarks, warning listeners that McCain could explode at any moment. Gretchen Carlson was especially contemptuous, saying that Clinton, because he didn't serve and because he doesn't know any POWs (that she is aware of) is no expert and therefore shouldn't talk about it.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, substituting for buddy Brian Kilmeade, made the connection to Wesley Clark's comments last week that were similarly misinterpreted and talked up into an uproar, and said there's a pattern emerging of attacks on John McCain's service.

This is the right-wing machine at work (this non-story is already prominent on Michelle Malkin's blog and elsewhere) trying to create an issue where none exists, and trying to create a perception of a disrespectful attitude on the left, when actually it is they who are being deliberately disrespectful - "Bubba"? When's the last time you heard anyone associated with FOX call Bush "Dubya" of "Bubble"? Clinton's remarks were about Mandela and the power of forgiveness, yet the right will try to spin it into something ugly.