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July 30, 2007

Frameshop: FOX Using Bush's Phrase For Terrorists--On Democrats

FOX News is now using the exact wording in official White House descriptions of the War on Terror to describe the Democratic Party.

The phrasing appears to be an official policy as it is being used by the FOX News top news anchor, Brit Hume, the network's Washington Managing Editor:

Hume: Make no mistake about. This is what a lot of Democrats and those who support them think. They think the war on terror is some kind of a political scam which the administration is using to undermine civil liberties and expand the power of the executive branch of the government. They do not treat it particularly seriously.

(full transcript and video at Crooks and Liars)

The peculiar phrasing "Democrats and those who support them" is the exact phrasing used in hundreds of White House communications about the "War on Terror," including the official description of Operation Enduring Freedom:

The United Nations Security Council unanimously enacted a binding resolution requiring all member states to pursue terrorists and those who support them, including financial support systems.

Vice President Cheney has also used this phrase on many occasions:

On the night of September 11th, President Bush declared that the United States would make no distinction between terrorists and those who support them. This principle, the Bush doctrine, is now understood by all. Any person or government that supports, protects, or harbors terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent, and will be held to account.

The phrase used by FOX News to describe terrorists is identical to the phrase used by the White House, with the word "terrorists" swapped for the word "Democrats."

Prior to yesterday's interview, Hume had used the terrorism wording at least once before to describe Democrats during national broadcasts on FOX News:

HUME: The Senate acts this week on a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, a vote that is expected to break almost perfectly along party lines, the Republicans for it and Democrats against. Nevertheless, the issue has divided some Democrats and those who support them.

(FOX News' Special Report with Brit Hume, June 6, 2006 - hat tip: Media Matters)

Hume's choice of words seems to indicate a widespread and coordinated effort by FOX News to use their corporate sponsored programming to promote the idea that the Democratic Party is connected to, if not responsible for, violent acts against the United States.

The incident raises serious doubts about the legitimacy of FOX News in American politics.  Any news organization that steals language from President Bush's "War on Terrorism" and uses it to describe an American political party has clearly violated the public trust.

Moreover, Hume's deliberate use of "War on Terror" phrasing to describe questions creates serious problems for corporate sponsors associated with FOX News. 

In recent weeks, Bill O'Reilly has accused liberal bloggers as being "no different" than the KKK or the Nazi, but this is the first time that a high profile Washington news editor at FOX has been caught in a deliberate and repeated attempt to equate the Democratic Party with terrorists.

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July 28, 2007

Frameshop: Romney Ad Lifts Line From Family Guy Song

While Democrats embrace the newest forms of civic participation, Republicans continue to walk by with their noses in the air.  That's right.  The Republican Party is too good for YouTube.  As Steve Benen explains, the issue is not just scheduling, but the "cartoon" format of the questions:

Mr. Madden said the Romney campaign's decision not to participate was "not a question of format, it's a question of our travel schedule." Still, Mr. Madden said, "a lot of Americans would wonder whether we should be answering questions from a cartoon."

So, just to be clear:  Mitt Romney does not want cartoons to be the focus of debate. Funny thing, though...it seems that the Romney campaign's latest political ad is eerily reminiscent of one of America's most irreverent cartoons--Family Guy!

Too crazy to be true?  Judge for yourself...

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July 23, 2007

Frameshop: Mr. 25 Percenterer

His approval ratings dropping faster than a 90s tech stock, the most recent American Research Group Poll officially crowns President Bush Mr. 25 Percenterer:

Among all Americans, 25% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 71% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 23% approve and 73% disapprove.

Incredibly, the numbers suggest that in a room of 100 Americans, roughly 25 still somehow approve of the job President Bush is doing.

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July 22, 2007

Frameshop: Rice Is Cooked


A great article, today, by Joel Brinkley of the San Franscisco Chronicle cast grim light on the smoldering train wreck that is the Bush administration. 

Brinkley recounts how Condi Rice recently tried to publish a newspaper Op Ed, but not a single paper would take it--one of the most famous people in the world, and no newspaper editor would bite:

A few months ago, she decided to write an opinion piece about Lebanon. She enlisted John Chambers, chief executive officer of Cisco Systems as a co-author, and they wrote about public/private partnerships and how they might be of use in rebuilding Lebanon after last summer's war. No one would publish it.

Think about that. Every one of the major newspapers approached refused to publish an essay by the secretary of state. Price Floyd, who was the State Department's director of media affairs until recently, recalls that it was sent to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and perhaps other papers before the department finally tried a foreign publication, the Financial Times of London, which also turned it down.

As a last-ditch strategy, the State Department briefly considered translating the article into Arabic and trying a Lebanese paper. But finally they just gave up.

(full article here)

John Bolton is also faded away, apparently stuck  in an Enterprise Institute position that affords him no real influence.  Now, if only the media would stop letting Dick Cheney spout off on national TV...

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July 21, 2007

Frameshop: Secret "Madison Ave" Iraq Report Will Enrage Public


Can the same techniques used to sell corn flakes, ketchup and power drills be used to sell the Iraq policy to the public and extend the U.S. occupation long into the future?  The Bush administration and the pentagon think so.

Madison Avenue To The Rescue
As more Americans called for an end to the U.S. occupation, the Pentagon secretly ordered a report on ways to extend it long long into the future with the help of "Madison Avenue" marketing techniques--the same techniques used to sell breakfast cereal and hardware products to the American public.

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Frameshop: Today's "Must Read" - Rebranding The Occupation

Now available for the public to read, (Enlisting Madison Avenue: The Marketing Approach to Earning Popular Support in Theaters of Operation, PDF File 1.37 MB), the report was prepared by the Rand Corporation and cost the American taxpayer $400,000 dollars. 

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July 19, 2007

Frameshop: The Most Repugnant Argument...Ever

Imagine you were diagnosed with cancer.  Horrible, horrible news.  The worst.  You are struggling to figure out what your life will be about from this point forward, forced to confront questions most people never face.  You family is in deep anguish.  The thought of your own death is suddenly an unwelcome house guest that will not leave.

Now, in the midst of all that, imagine someone walks up to you and says, "Whatever you say and do from this day forward will always be an attempt to exploit your cancer for money and personal gain." 

Got that?  OK, good.  Hold on to that feeling of absolute disgust.

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Frameshop: The Deadly Mistake In Our Healthcare Debate

There is a deadly mistake in America's healthcare debate, and the more we and our politicians make this mistake, the more Americans will die needlessly.  What is that deadly mistake?  Talking about money instead of people.

President Bush made this deadly mistake at a round table discussion on healthcare, yesterday.  According to Bush, if the United States government were to take the lead in guaranteeing the good health of all Americans, that would lead to "long lines":

I believe government cannot provide affordable health care. I believe it would cause -- it would cause the quality of care to diminish. I believe there would be lines and rationing over time. If Congress continues to insist upon expanding health care through the S-CHIP program -- which, by the way, would entail a huge tax increase for the American people -- I'll veto the bill.

Not only is this statement false, it is the kind of brutal propaganda that results in the deaths of Americans.

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July 18, 2007

Frameshop: Profs Get Death Threats, "Kill The Enemies of Christian Society"

More news of the violent right, this time from the University of Colorado, Boulder

Last weekend more than a dozen envelopes bearing the image of skull and crossbones and containing letters threatening the lives of CU-Boulder evolutionary biology professors were slipped under the doors of CU-Boulder buildings.

According to a reprint of the letter posted online, the threat reads: “every true Christian should be ready and willing to take up arms to kill the enemies of Christian society.”

Apparently, email threats that mention specific faculty by name have been arriving at the biology department for some time.  But the campus police are not too concerned.  Heck, it's not like the whole campus is getting these threats:

Police says they aren't sure it constitutes an official threat.

“Just because you feel threatened, it's not necessarily a crime,” Wiesley said. “It's not directed against a specific person, John and Jane Doe. It's more along a line of ideology - if you believe this, we think you're wrong, kind of thing.”

CUPD is not issuing a campus-wide alert because “it's fairly well targeted against folks in biology,” Wiesley said. “The biology people are all well aware of it.”

I guess that makes sense.  I mean...so a few biology professors are nervous.  Relax! What's the worst that could happen?

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Frameshop: The (Un)Classified Document Every American Should Read

Once classified to be kept hidden from the public eye, the National Intelligence Estimate document "The Terrorist Threat To The US Homeland" has now been declassified.

Every American should read this file because it shows in plain english what many have suspected:  after 5 wasted years, more than 3,000 lost soldiers, staggering financial loss, and an unimaginable number of lives utterly ruined by Bush's Iraq policy---the United States is not only in just as much danger as it was on September 11, 2001, but things are poised to get worse.  The only silver lining in the document is that terrorist threats here in the United States are "not likely to be as severe" as in Europe.

Not as severe as Europe?  Well, alrighty then!  Just the kind of news we need to brighten up our week.

The money quote from the report is about al Qaeda, which has learned a neat new trick:

We assess the group has protected or regenerated key elements of its Homeland attack capability

All the lost lives, money, allies, anguish--all of it has resulted in less security, less safety for the United States, but a worldwide terrorist network that has figured out ways to protect itself and "regenerate". 

In summary:  Our military is at the breaking point due to the Republican intransigence on Iraq and, meanwhile, al Qaeda has figured out how to regenerate.  Heartwarming.

Read the document (PDF 172KB), then tell every person you know to do the same.  And remember: a secure future for our country can only come if each of us has the courage to vote for real change in 2008.

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