Monday, April 27, 2009

Fox News Cherry Picks Quotes Out of Context Creating False Impression that President Wants European Health Care

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.

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