Fox News is at it again. As reported on Media Matters this morning, they have been perpetuating a whitewash of history, attempting to eliminate any possible references which would put the President in a good light.
Here is one example that Media Matters used:
HENRY: [Sen. Claire] McCaskill is the ninth no-show so far among officeholders across the country, including Pennsylvania Congressman Mark Critz. Critz’s office bluntly notes internal polls show in his district, the president is down double digits to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
OBAMA: They’ll say, you know, the economy is bad, and it’s Obama’s fault. [break] And because times are tough and because they’re spending these ungodly sums, you know, it’s going to be close.
HENRY: While the president did not complain about big money last time, when he enjoyed a massive edge over Republican John McCain, his campaign aides privately say Romney may raise $100 million this month alone, which is why the president today penned a fundraising letter warning supporters, “I will be the first president in modern history to be outspent in his re-election campaign.”
When the transcript of the same event says this:
OBAMA: [T]his is still going to be a close election because the economy is still tough and folks are still frustrated. And what that means is that you’re going to have more money spent in this election than ever before by the other side on negative ads. And their message will be simple. They’ll say, the economy is bad and it’s Obama’s fault. (Laughter.) They suffer a little bit of amnesia so they don’t remember — (applause) — all the stuff that happened before I was sworn into office, but that’s going to be their message.
And because times are tough, and because they’re spending these ungodly sums, it’s going to be close.
For some reason,
GOPFox News thought to eliminate the key portions, turning a discussion of the Bush recession instead into an attack on the President. This is not the first time such manipulations from the GOP has been revealed. Here is the Romney commercial, with the edited audio:
And here is a member of the Romney campaign admitting that they intentionally manipulated the footage:
With the unlimited spending and line between news and tabloid eliminated, how can there be an informed voter base in the election this fall?