Thursday, January 25, 2007

John Gibson is an asshole

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Here's the story, in brief: Insight magazine, a right-wing rag, reported that Barack Obama had, as a child, attended a madrassa in Indonesia. To the right, all madrassas are terrorist training camps, even though madrassa just means school. The Insight report was picked up by Fox News, which ran with it. It was even suggested that the Clinton campaign had leaked the story in the first place. In all this there were just two problems for the right-wing smear machine: First, there was no evidence whatsoever that the Clinton campaign had anything to do with the story. Second, a CNN reporter went to the school Obama attended and found that it isn't a madrassa, let alone some terrorist training camp.

Oops.

But no matter. Fox is nothing if not consistent in its partisan smearmongering. And the reporting of the truth by CNN didn't stop Fox's John Gibson from saying this: "Yeah, cause they got a reporter in Indonesia, probably went to the very madrassa, now works for CNN." Ah, right. It's all a conspiracy. The truth may set you free, but Fox, postmodern Fox, which admits of no truth, for which all is spin, forever and ever, will chain you right back down in its cave of lies.

Fox News. Fair and balanced? Fuck off.

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