It appears that Fox News is up to their twisted tricks again. Per Media Matters:
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.
Daily Kos was kind enough to put this package together which shows the original intent of the President’s idea:
This is so scary and wrong. Yes, we’re only talking about health care, but what if the story was about new, effective interrogation techniques or liberating a nation from an evil, oppressive regime. What? They already sold those ideas and got us into a war using false pretenses and started torturing people under the guise of national security? Great.
Seriously, if you’ve been reading, I don’t think a European system of health care is such a bad thing. But judging from the President’s response to the question, he’s not entirely sold on a European system. He wants to work with what we have. I don’t care how they do it, I just want it fixed.
Back to the problem at hand. I don’t think I need to tell you that Fox News is run by slippery rat finks that need to be watched very carefully. I just worry about the people that don’t know any better.