The right-wing propaganda machine strikes again. This time, Fox News was caught by Media Matters clearly editing a 60 Minutes interview with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. During a part of the interview, Panetta discussed his opposition to the 2011 removal of all U.S. military forces from Iraq.
If you watch the Fox News clip, they only show him mention his opposition to pulling all U.S. troops out of Iraq in 2011. Then they spent the rest of the segment trying to make the Obama administration look inept for pulling our troops out of Iraq.
And no matter how many Fox News segments I watch where they discuss the removal of U.S. forces from Iraq, I’ve never seen anyone mention the fact that the SOFA agreement that required our troops to be out of the country by the end of 2011 was signed by George W. Bush.
Well, apparently deciding to take their frequent distortion of history a step further, Fox News decided to edit out a key part of Panetta’s 60 Minutes interview where he discusses the fact that in 2011 the Iraqi government no longer wanted the U.S. military in Iraq.
Meaning that the final decision on whether or not any American troops would remain in Iraq had nothing to do with our government or the Obama administration. Bush signed the SOFA agreement with the Iraqi government determining when our troops were to be out of the country. And when that deadline came, they wanted us gone.
End of story.
So, if there’s any “blame” to go around, it falls entirely on the Bush administration.
But if all you watched was Fox News’ coverage of this 60 Minutes interview, you’d never know this key fact as to why our troops left in 2011. Not only that, but the panelists on Fox News went out of their way to create a completely fake narrative directed toward the Obama administration, portraying them as the reason why our troops left. Again, completely omitting not only key points within this interview, but pivotal facts as well.
Though this is nothing new from Fox News. They’re constantly creating their own “news.” Hell, it’s what they do. That’s why I call them nothing more than a propaganda machine, because segments like this are nothing more than propaganda. They’re not only being contextually dishonest, but these kinds of segments are flat-out campaigns to perpetuate misinformation.
The panelists on this segment discussed “facts” based on the edit of this interview. You don’t get more dishonest than that. That’s not news reporting – that’s acting. Because you can’t sit there on national television, knowing that what you’re saying is a lie, and call that journalism.
But that’s exactly what media personalities on Fox News do. They go on national television and lie. So I say we stop calling these people “media personalities” or “journalists” and call them what they really are – news actors. Reporting whatever misinformation they feel will benefit the Republican party.
Watch the Fox News segment below:
Then watch the part they edited out via CBS News:
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