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Scott McClellan: White House Fed ‘Talking Points’ to Fox News

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Posted on Jul 27, 2008
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Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has dropped yet another bombshell, telling “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on Friday that the Bush administration helped “shape the narrative” of Fox News by passing “taking points” to certain members of Fox’s nighttime lineup—a point not lost on Matthews or Keith Olbermann, who pursued the story on “Countdown.”

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By truthreaderC, July 28, 2008 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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All the MSM including MSNBC and of course Fox news
are all mouth pieces of the establishment and the white house. The difference is theatrical and cosmetic and make belief. MSNBC is owned by General Electric!! Who is kidding Who??!!
And that McClellan is only plugging his book. Nothing he said is new and he always defends the
white house in the second paragraph he utters after
any “earth shattering revelation”.

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By VietnamVet, July 28, 2008 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

The fact that Fox puts out outright lies, misleading statements, and support right wing candidates and causes is clearly evidenced by the parade of that ilk on their shows! While claiming to be “fair and balanced” they present BS like The Beltway Boys, both of which are Republican gas bags. Repeatedly, they present one side of the story when it is advantageous to the right. When they do present the left side, the guest is constantly interrupted, screamed down, etc. Even at the heigth of the Iraq war, when things were at their worst, Fox did its best to convince the American people that “all is well” and “we are winning”, etc. But, I guess there are still those 30 percenters that actually BELIEVE what Fox puts out!

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By knute, July 28, 2008 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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Untill laws are enforced to hold the advertisers and billionaire CEO’s accountable for spreading propoganda that they know is not the truth on the people’s airwaves this will continue. Its all about money, not ideals, just self serving greed. The FCC obviously is not functioning any better then any other part of our corporatized goverment. Hannity, Limbaugh, O’Rielly, these people sell their soul to the highest bidder every day and laugh all the way to their banks which are probably located overseas like Cheney & bu$hs’. These people are not conservatives, they are criminals.

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By Theresa Caldwell, July 28, 2008 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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“Scott McClellan has dropped yet another bombshell”? On, puhleeeze. That puffy little toad was part of the disinformation/propaganda cabal, along with Fox, CNN, and all the purveyors of nonsense.

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By webbedouin, July 28, 2008 at 8:09 am Link to this comment

While it is one thing to suspect the modus operandi outlined above, it is really sad to have the function confirmed.  One can only wonder if this is the same way the administration has managed the news for a wide variety of news outlets.  For example, we already know that the NY Times withheld their telcom eavesdropping article for over a year due to White House concerns.

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By Erik, July 28, 2008 at 6:28 am Link to this comment
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I’m shocked, shocked to find gambling going on in this establishment…

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By Marnie, July 28, 2008 at 5:42 am Link to this comment
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The main stream media has been firmly under the control of the Republican power elites since Eisenhower.  Any dummy could see that. I figured that out in Jr. High in the late 50’s just from radio and local newspaper reports. Especially, since both my parents were to the death Republicans, their willingness to sop up political propaganda made it easy for me see.

So why is MSM paying Scotty, the rat, to tell the truth, when we already know it; especially since they paid him for years to tell lies?  Just more incestuous Republican mafia’s “take care of your own” Christian compassion?

Scotty, like mom like son.  You’ve sold you soul, to get power and money.  You were and still are a member of the Evil Empire.  Do you think your grandfather, Dean Keaton, is proud?

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By Pacrat, July 28, 2008 at 4:55 am Link to this comment
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No one would believe that Fox News was a tool of the White House! Not!

It is too obvious for words to believe otherwise. From Doucieebag to Dillo to the other syncophants who are now protecting McShame.

All that is required to be a newsie on Fox is a third grade passing grade or certificate.

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By Fadel Abdallah, July 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment

So what’s new about a fact that keen intelligent observers knew intuitively all the way, long ago, about the unholy alliance between the White House and Fox-the-Enemy-of-Truth-in-News?!

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