The bozos over at Fox “News” are very excited about a potential war that they can lay at President Obama’s feet. Because, if their bosses in the GOP are happy, they’re happy. But they can’t let up on their constantly negative campaign against Obama. What to do?
Well if you’re the producer of America’s Newsroom, you split your loyalties and hope that your viewers can’t process the dissonance. You know, Confuse-A-Viewer. That’s what appears to be the case, anyway. As Fox contributor Pete Hegseth insisted that we send troops back to the Middle East, the words in the super (TV slang for superimposed image) at the bottom of the screen were telling another story.
The super on the right of the screen tells the truth about how many airstrikes have been carried out against the terrorists group, ISIS. The number of 160 (at least) is correct as of the airing of the show on September 15th. But the super at the bottom of the screen reads:
No military action yet against ISIS despite coalition to fight terrorists
The super at the bottom is parroting the Fox talking point while the one on the right has some factual information that must have slipped through somehow. Oh well, it’s not Fox’s job to make things clear for their viewers. In fact, the more confusing for them, the better. That’s one way Fox gets away with lying on a pretty consistent basis.
As Media Matters points out, this sort of paradoxical nonsense has been in high gear from the start of the ISIS story. Fox News’s need to put Obama down conflicts with their need to kowtow to the Republicans. Well, to the GOP’s rich donors, really, who stand to make a bundle on another Middle East debacle. But you can bet you won’t see any of their kids over there among those boots on the ground.
Just check out this craziness from Fox and Friends — or, as my colleague Josh Kilburn refers to it, Paste Eating Time With Steve Doocy and Friends. It will make your head spin!
h/t Media Matters.