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Fox Promotes Hillary Clinton “Buddying Up To Hugo Chavez” Meme

Reported by Ellen - January 5, 2011 -

You really don’t need to hear the discussion on Monday night’s Great American Panel segment on Hannity (1/3/11) to get the Fox News meme about Hillary Clinton “buddying up to Hugo Chavez.” Just looking at the graphic in the lower right-hand corner of the screen tells you everything the Fox News producers want you to know.

Sean Hannity began the discussion by semi-joking to the lone liberal on the three-person panel, “I see that Hillary Clinton is buddying up to your good friend Hugo Chavez, holding hands and shaking and…” Hannity’s voice trailed off.

But he didn’t have to say any more because soon after, on the lower portion of the screen, a graphic of Chavez’ head cozily close to Clinton’s appeared with “Hugo” and “Hillary” next to each one, as if they were some kind of couple.

Apparently, it’s not enough for “fair and balanced” Fox News that the panel was stacked with two conservatives – plus Sean Hannity – vs. one liberal. Now they need the graphics to make sure their viewers get the message.