The FOX Nation:
Okay, I've been focusing too much on that website and will cut back, but it's so interesting to see what they do over there. This week they have a story/teaser that reads
: (emp add)
President Barack Obama wanted to put a human face on his plans to overhaul health care, and a Virginia supporter did just that Wednesday. Fighting back tears, Debby Smith, 53, told Obama of her kidney cancer and her inability to obtain health insurance or hold a job. The president hugged her -- she's a volunteer for his political operation -- and called her "exhibit A" in an unsustainable system that is too expensive and complex for millions of Americans.
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The outrage here is that Smith was a suporter of Obama. And here's how the FOX Nation titled their post:
Obama Busted Stacking Town Hall... What If Bush Had?
Yeah! What if Bush had?
Because you know he never, ever stacked his meetings or barred non-supporters from key events. But, to take up the FOX News rhetorical question, if Bush had
, you can be sure that Fox News would have been all over it.
The point of this is that, at least for now, the right-wing (and Fox especially) is living in an alternative-world. Past "facts" are not to be bothered with. Whatever argument you make today
is sufficient, and consistency is of no value. It's pure fantasy.
Supporter? That's putting it mildly. She was a plant, selected for her sob story and put in to give Obama the wettest, warmest softball question in the history of wet, warm softball questions.
Smith, of Appalachia, Va., is a volunteer for Organizing for America, Obama's political operation within the Democratic National Committee. She obtained her ticket through the White House.
It would have been fine for Obama to bring Smith out, and say that he wanted everyone to hear her story. It's quite a different matter to say that you are going to take questions from the audience -- implying questions from the general public -- and then actually call on pre-arranged plants who happen to embody your talking points. That's dishonest.
Because you know he never, ever stacked his meetings or barred non-supporters from key events.
Interesting. What incidents are you referring to? The only claim I ever heard of a question to Bush being staged was the Jeff Gannon incident. And that was an allegation of a press question, not a town-hall question.
What memory-hole-banished facts are you talking about? If you claim they exist, surely you have saved a few for our perusal.
The subject is planted questioners at town-hall forums. Any examples, or are you just talking out your butt?
Doesn't anyone on the left keep track of these things, or is it just conventional wisdom, no facts necessary, that the Republicans planted questioners at town-hall forums. A date? An event? An issue? Any clues? Or has your memory been completely scrubbed as well?