Thursday, September 29, 2011

When "spin" Becomes Perfidious

Tuesday, September 27 Chris Matthews on Hardball hosted a segment, called "Obama derangement syndrome" he was joined by Mayor Willie Brown and former VP Dick Cheney aid Ron Christie.   Wayne LaPierre comes on at 5:50 with the following ridiculous, baseless and spurious claim that Obama and Eric Holder are involved in a conspiracy to destroy the second amendment.  Ron Christie rises to LaPierre defense with a bald faced string of lies.  Claiming that Obama said: "Republicans had to ride in the back of the bus".  Obama said no such thing.  What Obama said was:
He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, “we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

 Then Ron Christie claims that James Hoffa said: "Mr. President we are your army, lets take them out".  He repeated this lie three times.  Fox news has  repeatedly run edited segments of Jimmy Hoffa's comments.(easily found on the net, I won't post anything from Fox)  The full quote from Jimmy Hoffa is:
"And you know what? Everybody here has got a vote. If we go back, we keep the eye on the prize, lets take these sons-of-bitches out and give America back to America where we belong.”
Ron Christie is clearly misrepresenting what people say.  Fox news, taking lessons from Andrew Brietbart clearly is misrepresenting what people say.  

You can watch the full unedited clip of James Hoffa's remarks here, the pertinent section begins at 1:50  At no point in his remarks is there anything even remotely violent or threatening.  If you watch the whole segment clearly and several times, he speaks about the power of campaigning, voting, organizing, and the ballot box. 

Ron Christie's answer to Wayne LaPierre's lies is to tell more lies?   Ron Christie should avoid appearing with Mayor Willie Brown, on split screens, Mr. Christie seems to visibly shrink when shown next to the honorable Mayor.  If an "An informed citizenry is the bulwark of a democracy." then what does that make Ron Christie and Fox news? 
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