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Thursday, August 25, 2005

How Can Anyone Watch FoxNews?

On imdb studio briefing today:

Pat Robertson Says He Was "Misinterpreted" by the Press

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday charged that the media had "misinterpreted" his televised remarks about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Appearing on his 700 Club show, which airs on Disney's ABC Family channel, Robertson denied that he had called for Chavez's assassination. "I said our special forces could take him out," Robertson said. "'Take him out' could be a number of things including kidnapping. There are a number of ways of taking out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted." However, a transcript of Robertson's earlier remarks indicates that he had used no such language. "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war," he had declared. On his Fox News television show Wednesday, anchor Brit Hume took rival news channel CNN to task for prominently featuring Robertson's remarks, insisting that Robertson's influence had dwindled and that "he may have no clout with the Bush administration." However, at least one blog listed 10 live guest appearances by Robertson on Fox News programs during the past 10 months, a figure that was also mentioned by MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann Wednesday night when he featured Hume as his daily "worst person in the world."

Van Susteren Says Aruba Case Calls Attention To All Missing People

Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren responded Wednesday to criticism of her sustained coverage of the Natalee Holloway missing-person case in Aruba, insisting that it is symptomatic of a larger "epidemic" of missing persons. (She cited no studies to substantiate her claim that the number of missing persons has grown.) Referring to the decision by Bob Costas to refuse to preside over a Larry King Live show on CNN about the Holloway case, Van Susteren remarked: "I am certain he does realize how important it is to investigate missing persons and that he knows of the power of the media in keeping up the search. I bet his decision not to guest host was not meant to insult the many suffering families or law enforcement agencies working around the clock to find them. I will continue to watch Bob Costas... he seems like a nice guy." She also remarked that she realizes "that our competition has slipped considerably, and I also know that the 'oldest trick in the book' is to get ratings or readers by saying 'I would never do that story' since by making that statement or writing an editorial about it, you look 'clean' in your mind."

Brit Hume: One of the biggest idiots getting air time today. If Newlyweds were still on, I think I'd choose Jessica Simpson as closer to genius.

Greta Van Susteren: Just as she's sure that Bob Costas didn't mean "to insult the many suffering families or law enforcement agencies working around the clock to find them," I'm sure that although she's a manipulative bitch, she's not as cunning as she thinks.


Blogger PapaCool said...

PapaCool thinks that Pat Robertson has become the poster-child for "foot-in-mouth disease."

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He wasn't misinterpreted and his apology was a lie. Anyone want to see for themselves...


1:03 PM  
Blogger The Moviequill said...

I think Pat meant 'take him out' to the ballgame or maybe even 'take him out' for a beer and discuss world politics like two old school chums reunited over a bowl of hummus

2:12 PM  
Blogger TN_Dreamer said...

papacool- aaah, is that anything like head-up-the-ass disease?

anon- thanks for the link, & I think the only person who bought his "apology" was my mom.

moviequill- yes, "take him out" like how the Gambinos invited Hoffa out for a beer, no?

2:23 PM  

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