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FOX & Friends Spin Biden Interview To Claim He Said Americans Are “Too Stupid To Get It”

Reported by Guest Blogger - November 21, 2010 -

By Aria

FOX & Friends weekend line-up did the weekday trio proud yesterday (11/20/10) with their take on a non-controversial compliment by Joe Biden in a GQ interview in which he referred to Obama as “brilliant” in response to being asked about the President’s perceived aloofness. The Friends twisted that into a claim that Biden had just, by proxy, said that the American Public is “too stupid to get it.” But Biden actually stated that he found Obama’s faith in the American Public impressive. How about a quick dose of context?

At the beginning of the segment, during the set up, the chyron read that Biden “attempts to explain President’s disconnect.”

Funny they should bring up such a thing as “disconnect from the people” less than a week after the Republicans beat down the Paycheck Fairness Act. Did Fox & Friends run any segments "asking" if Senate Republicans are disconnected from the people, especially women, after that? I did clips of Fox Business acting out of touch by arguing against it.

Host Dave Briggs began by reading one of Biden's comments from the interview:

I think what it is, is (Obama's) so brilliant. He is an intellectual.

The hosts failed to produce any of the rest of Biden‘s answer, though they did find time to take some pot shots at him, including bringing up some of his infamous gaffes.

Given the effort they put into smearing Biden, one would think they’d put some of that energy into pointing out this was part of his response to a follow-up question, and not the response in full. You know- as part of that “fair and balanced” reporting they’re always talking about?

Here’s the complete section of the discussion, with the excerpted quote in bold and italicized:

Do you think the perception of the president as aloof and not caring is a bad rap?

I really do. Look, one of the things I've never been accused of is not caring about people. And so I think I'm a pretty good judge of folks who are. I watch this guy; I have lunch with him every single week. We sit for an hour alone, and there's nothing on our agenda, just the two of us. I spend—when we're both in town? I spend three, five, six hours a day with him, I mean literally.


Really. I start off with the presidential daily brief, which is on the economy, on national security. I meet with him when he meets once a week with Clinton and Gates. I meet with him when any congressman or senator or governor's involved. I meet with him when there's any event that has to do with foreign policy. I'm engaged. I'm with him in the situation room, because I do so much on the foreign-policy side. And so I watch the guy. And I find nothing, nothing about him that's aloof. Look, I judge people in large part by how they treat people who wait on them at a table. Watch him. Watch how he treats ordinary people. There's nothing aloof about him.

So what is it?

I think what it is, is he's so brilliant. He is an intellectual. And the president, in a strange way, has more faith in the American people than about anybody I know. He sits there and says, "Look, we just tell 'em. Just tell them." It's almost kind of a blind faith. You know, when someone will say to him, "Well, look, Mr. President, you really oughta do it this way." [He says] "No. The American people get this. Just tell them. Just go out there and do the right thing." I don't want to—I'm not making him—he's not a moralizer. But he's just… Look, think about the guy. This is an African-American who had a Caucasian mother, raised in a Caucasian neighborhood by Caucasian grandparents. Talk about a guy who knows what it's like. This is a guy who gets it. This is a guy, for example, when we were talking about making compromises on health care just to get it done, he said, "Look, this is an historic opportunity. What about all those poor whites? What about all those black men who are gonna be left out? No, this is it." He has a great expression. He says—and the reason why I'm confident we'll be reelected—he says, "Look, I always joke, I always wanted to be a former president. If it has to be in four years, so be it. As long as we do the right thing."

One of the reasons we kind of balance each other? I probably am too much of Scranton. Hi, you know, hug, touch. It was the way I was raised. Whereas he is not, you know, emotive that way. I think that's why we make such a good team.

So, let’s get this straight: not only is Biden defending Obama, but his defense is based on how he observes Obama’s treat the Average Joe. Not to mention that in context, Biden’s compliment about Obama being “brilliant” is followed by a statement that Obama has faith that people are intelligent enough to understand what he’s doing, if given an informed opinion.

Gee… I wonder why FOX NEWS would leave that part out. Then I gotta ask- who’s the one saying the American People are “too stupid to get it” again?

Video via Media Matters.

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