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Fox News Website Continues Partisan Attack On Sheriff Dupnik's "Vitriol" Comments

Reported by Priscilla - January 11, 2011 -

If propaganda is to be believed, it should be repeated. Yesterday, in both an interview on "Fox & Friends" and an article on the Fox News website, Fox News featured critical commentary about Pima County Sheriff's remarks about the vitriol in our society - vitriol that, as he stated, is promulgated by the media. Obviously needing to deflect and divert from the appropriate substance of Dupnik's comments, Fox is maintaining its seeming scapegoating of the sheriff. Today's headline (first under the banner): "Top Cop Ripped Over 'Hate' Remarks."

The article by Jana Winter, who recently published a bogus story about a "Granny Terrorist," talks about how "The sheriff, a Democrat who has served as the county's top cop for 31 years, angered many with the remarks — including some of his friends, who felt his editorializing had no part in a news conference, typically reserved for impersonal facts and details." She cites how "this isn't the first time Dupnik has offered his brazen opinion on controversial topics, such as Arizona's controversial immigration law, the Tea Party and campaign finance" and continues with Dupnik's unflattering quotes about the beloved immigration law and the beloved tea party. She adds "Critics say the sheriff needs to be the protector of the people, not a source of instigation and divisiveness" and "others say the sheriff should just stick to his job." The "critics" consisted of a Republican Arizona sheriff, Republican member of congress Trent Franks, Republican operative Brad Blakeman, and surprise, surprise, Fox fave Sheriff Paul Babeau whose quote, one of several, closed out the article: "And you and all Americans look to law enforcement to find out the facts of truly what happened and not to give an opinion. But the sheriff is an elected sheriff." Contrast her article with real journalism in the Washington Post which reports that some of Dupnik's comments, regarding immigration, have angered Democrats. The article also quotes those who support his comments. Funny, the Washington Post doesn't claim that it's "Fair & Balanced" like Fox "News."

And here are the "hate" remarks cited in the article: "When the rhetoric about hatred, about mistrust of government, about paranoia of how government operates, and to try to inflame the public on a daily basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it has impact on people especially who are unbalanced personalities." Meanwhile, we have Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity who make hateful remarks on a consistent basis. O'Reilly even won a "courage award" for his hate speech which contributed to a climate of hatred in which an abortion doctor was assassinated by another crazed domestic terrorist. Go figure!

And memo to Sheriff Babeau - Dupnik has the right to express his opinion - just like you do when you come on Fox and denigrate the Obama administration and when you said, on a white nationalist radio program, that Obama is "undermining the rule of law and intentionally undermining law enforcement."

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