Thursday, April 30, 2009

Out-Foxed

Fox News didn't get a question during the Obama 100 Day press conference? Whaaaa!! Boo hoo!!!

Perhaps that's because they're a faux news organization. The kind of faux news organization that doesn't carry presidential pressers. The kind of faux news organization that sponsors teabagging parties and then lies about the turnout. The kind of faux news organization that eggs on the crazies toward secession and armed revolution (the former being perhaps an idea I could warm to).

But most infuriatingly, the kind of faux news organization that purposely misrepresents facts to hype up their increasingly crazy audience... a really bad habit for a "news" organization:
During the April 24 edition of Fox News' Special Report, White House correspondent Wendell Goler cropped a comment by President Obama and took it out of context -- effectively reversing the statement's meaning -- to falsely suggest that Obama supports creating a health care system "like the European countries." Goler claimed that Obama "doesn't want to do it halfway" on health care, and then aired a clip from a March 26 online town hall event of Obama saying, "If you're going to fix it, why not do a universal health care system like the European countries?" Following the clip, Goler reported: "His critics worry universal health care would mean government-run health care." In fact, Obama actually said, "Now, the question is, if you're going to fix it, why not do a universal health care system like the European countries?" [emphasis added] In doing so, Obama was paraphrasing the town hall question he had been asked -- "Why can we not have a universal health care system, like many European countries, where people are treated based on needs rather than financial resources?" -- before explaining why he opposed such a system.
I was kind of tickled to see Obama dis them, though... he's a guy after my own heart, that one.

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