Monday, April 23, 2012

The fool and the fools who follow them

Last week President Obama made a speech which included a political line that had the rare quality of being true:
“I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. Somebody gave us a chance. Just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”
The line had the additional bonus of making an unspoken comparison between Obama and his Republican opponent who was, to put it mildly, to the manor born. Such implied comparisons, or far more explicit ones, have been part-in-parcel of American politics at least back to the days of Andrew Jackson.

But that really isn't the point. The point is that FoxNews took this clever, but not that clever a line, and turned into the "class war" outrage de jour. And they did so by adding words that were not there.
Steve Doocy of Fox News, who while interviewing Romney on live TV Thursday, quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”
But Obama never prefaced his statement with the words “unlike some people”
That Steve Doocy would push false stories about Obama is no surprise. After all he is the man who made the most "FoxNewsian" false claim of them all:

But what is surprising is that Steve Doocy is aaccepted news source:
Regardless, the unspoken words were imputed to Obama in a Washington Post article, a New York Post editorial and conservative blogs after Doocy’s segment.
It just keeps getting to be a longer year.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

Philip Rucker (with one “L”) of the Washington Post is betting it all on a Romney victory in November. He looks simply maaahvelous in the Jim VandeHei Memorial Speedos.

Romney's New Pool Boi grew up in Southern California, where he trained as a competitive figure skater. His ability to be trained to perform the most bizzare contortions on the slipperiest surfaces makes him an apt and facile mouthpiece for Restore Our Failure.

jimmiraybob said...

"And they did so by adding words that were not there."

No way! Fox News? Shaping its political and ideological propaganda by presenting faked materials?

Of course, anybody that's paid attention knows that it's not a dependable news source, but it is a dependable propaganda source. That's why they employ top tier conscienceless lying numb nuts like Doocy and the other morons in residence.

pansypoo said...

only by divide + conquer can publikkklans win.