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FOX Friends continue to make mountain out of Clinton molehill

Reported by Chrish - July 9, 2008 -

This morning 7/9/08 FOX and Friends were still busily scooping teaspoons of scorn on former president Bill Clinton, hoping to make a mountain out of comments he made at the Aspen Ideas Festival recently. As noted yesterday. another media frenzy is in the making and they and their guests are not above outright lying to create the impression of wrongdoing.

Clinton's remark about POWs came in the context of a "very long-winded" (per Steve Doocy) answer about Nelson Mandela's captivity and subsequent freedom and the power of his will in overcoming his ordeal, in answer to a direct question about Mandela. McCain was never mentioned; read the whole anser at MediaMatters.

The sentence that so offends the right-wingers is "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…" which they are insisting was a dig at John McCain.

They are placing it alongside Wes Clark's comments that McCain's captivity does not automatically make him qualified to be president, which comments have also been greatly twisted and misrepresented. In fact, guest Michael Reagan today said that "Clark said that McCain is not fit to be president;" of course that's not what he said at all.

For an unfair and unbalanced look at the incident, Friends brought on David Bellevia, CEO of "Vets for Freedom," the supposedly non-partisan organization that is bringing us the ad that says the surge is working, let us finish the job, mimicking John McCain's Iraq attitudes. Not noted by FOX but disclosed by MediaMatters is the fact that "two McCain supporters and frequent McCain campaign surrogates -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a national co-chairman of McCain's campaign, and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), a co-chairman of McCain's Connecticut Leadership Team -- served on the VFF Policy Board of Advisors. "

Bellevia accuses Clark and Clinton and a third (unknown) of being "Obama surrogates" who have "crossed a line," saying they've done everything but call him a Manchurian candidate. Steve Doocy agreed, saying Clinton has "slighted" all POWs. Bellevia said that vets return home worried that their experiences will show in their faces and that they'll be treated differently; Clinton, he said, exploited that and planted the seed in American minds.

Comment: Does he truly believe that Clinton's comment in Aspen will suddenly awaken oblivious Americans (thanks for the assumption) to the fact that soldiers returning from war are changed? Does he really think we're that insensitive?

Doocy said he had been reading left-leaning blogs and they all say it's not a swipe at McCain, and waited for Bellevia's predicatble response. He sarcastically dismissed it as a coincidence, that Wesley Clark and earlier Randy (sic) Beers said that all McCain did wa get shot down, mischaracterizing both men's remarks to the point they are unrecognizable. It's ridiculous, he said - yes, it is, the lengths FOX and friends will go to make Democrats look ungrateful and unpatriotic.

Bellevia, tying the independent remarks to Barack Obama, said Obama needs to assert himself and say that there is no debate, McCain is a hero, he has nothing to defend. Of course Obama made reference to the media interpretation of Clark's remarks soon after the fake storm hit the fan: "I have found, for the first time, my patriotism challenged - at times as a result of my own carelessness, more often as a result of the desire by some to score political points and raise fears about who I am and what I stand for." "I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign, and I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine."

Again, the media is steering the story and rather than getting the facts out straight and simple the spinmeisters and analysts and partisan hosts are turning the truth into a propaganda item. The Obama camp has stated repeatedly that they are not in any way involved with these comments. (I wish they'd take a deep breath and say to the media that they read the original comments, in context, and understand them even if they don't agree with them instead of the hysterical back-peddling and righteous posturing. This is what we're reduced to with the media manipulation, candidates distancing themselves from fictional scandals.)

But FOX will salt this Clinton remark away as more in their "mountain" of evidence (derived from the molehill, don't forget) that "Obama surrogates are smearing McCain's militaryservice." Their constant viewers will hear it drip, drip, dripped until it becomes true to them. It's not a flood, it's the constant dripping that results in brainwashing.