The defenders of Fox News like to pretend that there is a difference between their hard news programming and the Trump-fluffing suck ups who host their primetime shows. That has never been true. The ultra-rightist dogma that spews from the likes of Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson overflows into their daily “news” casts without any editorial barrier.
Another good example of that occurred on Tuesday morning when the news reader on Fox and Friends First, Carly Shimkus, sought to report on the public appearances by both Donald Trump and Barack Obama on Monday. There was a decidedly unfair and unbalanced overtone to the segment that began with a glowing description of the boundless, adoring crowds that greeted Trump in Texas for his cult rally with Ted Cruz. Shimkus was effusive in her praise for the turnout and even displayed a couple of random, pro-Trump tweets to support her “reporting.”
Then came the Obama portion of the segment. She introduced a brief video clip of Obama’s speech by belittling his role in rescuing the U.S. economy from the recession caused by George W. Bush and the Republican Party:
Shimkus: Former President Obama also hit the campaign trail to rally support for Democrats in Nevada yesterday and he, once again, took credit – some partial credit at least – for the booming economy. Watch.
Obama (video): When you hear all this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it.
Shimkus: I believe he was referring to himself there.
Oh really? And why shouldn’t Obama refer to himself when talking about the nation rising from the worst recession since 1929 due to his stewardship of the economy? The same recovery that Trump is constantly trying to take credit for, despite the fact that almost every economic indicator has slowed since he took office two years ago.
Shimkus went on to display a response by the Republican Party that baselessly called Obama’s presidency “some of its darkest days.” And then she read a few more random tweets, this time about Obama’s economic achievements in office. The first one falsely maligned Obama as “the guy that said 2% growth was the new normal.” That was followed by one that must have been written by a man in a coma for Obama’s presidency, that said “Obama’s economic success only kicked in after nine years, and was nowhere to found in the fist eight, when he was actually the president.” And lastly, a tweet that pretty much repeated the nonsense from the one that preceded it, saying “Looks like it took him 10 years to get it started.” So Fox News offered up three tweets that were all anti-Obama, all the opposite of reality, and left it at that.
For the record, Obama’s speech, that Fox played only a few seconds of, provided a concise summary of how the recovery actually played out. But there was no way that Fox News would allow any of these facts to get on their air (video below):
“We got the economy growing again. We started the longest streak of job creation on record. We covered another 20 million people on health insurance. We brought housing back. We cut our deficits by more than half. Partly by making sure the wealthiest Americans – folks like me – paid their fair share of taxes.
“So by the time I left office wages were rising, uninsurance rate was falling, poverty was falling. And that’s what I handed off to the next guy. So when you hear all of this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it.”
There is no problem with Fox’s memory. They surely remember who started it. But they are going out of their way to insure that their willfully ignorant viewers forget, or that they mis-attribute the recovery to the Ignoramus-in-Chief who is currently occupying the White House and making everything worse. That is the mission of Fox News, and they are going to pursue no matter how far-fetched or dishonest.
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"So, when you hear all of this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it. Remember who started it. Come on," former Pres. Obama says to a standing ovation while campaigning for Democrats in Nevada Monday. https://t.co/ZzSxO36xSo pic.twitter.com/7qiL2CzmNB
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 22, 2018