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Sadly, Commonplace: A Republican Congressman and a Fox "News" Anchor Conspire to Lie to the American People

Reported by Melanie - August 4, 2008 -

The nonstop push (going on six weeks now) to grant the oil companies more area along the Outer Continental Shelf for off-shore drilling and more land in ANWR and in the western states for oil shale exploration continues on Fox's "premiere business news" show, Your World w/Neil Cavuto; as does the lie that the Democrats are the only ones standing in the way of that.

Example: Per an article posted by The Hill at 1:32 p.m. ET today (August 4, 2008), "Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) asked President Bush to convene [a] special session [to force a vote on drilling] in an Aug. 1 letter." But today, "The White House has rejected calls from House Republicans that it convene a special session of Congress on energy, saying it wouldn’t make a difference."

Yet three and a half hours later, the very same Mike Pence appeared live on Your World and he, with the help of Mr. "News" guy, Neil Cavuto, gave the impression that the White House hadn't made a decision as to what to do:

Cavuto: "But why doesn't the President, who has the power to call Congress back, do so?"

Pence: "Well, I urged him to do that last week, ah, along with Jeb Hensarling from Texas — we encouraged the President to use his Article II power to call congress back into session..."

Cavuto: "He hasn't. He hasn't. He hasn't. Why not?" (One lie, repeated three times, in an eight-word segment.)

Pence: "Well, he hasn't yet..."

Here's video:


Comment: Yes, I suppose Bush could still call Congress back but the point is that neither of these guys — most importantly Cavuto, the alleged "journalist" and "news" anchor — didn't i-n-f-o-r-m the public, which his ultimate duty, that the White House declined to take that action today providing yet another example (there are 12,300+ posts on this site) that Fox's objective is to cover for Republicans and vilify Democrats. Fair and balanced? As the saying goes, the Communists had Pravda, the Republicans have Fox.