The Drudge Trolls with Foxonian Visual Lies
While Right Wing screams about liberal media bias, and they scream even louder when they’re busted flat out lying to their audience (Acorn video, Sherrod video, etc), they continue their assault on reality via any means necessary. To this end, The Drudge Report felt compelled to use the Foxian trick of using visual imagery to lie for them yesterday when they attempted to lay blame for missing Iraq reconstruction money at Obama’s feet.
We all know, of course, that that money went missing during the Bush administration – but that’s because we are….not Fox Drudge drones. In other words, we read and we are informed. Sadly, the folks in the Right Wing Echo Chamber rarely — if ever — hear anything resembling the news, which might explain why they are so angry all of the time, but heck, that’s a chicken or the egg thing.
Media Matters reports:
“The Drudge Report is attempting to link $8.7 billion in Iraq reconstruction money that the DOD reportedly cannot account for to the Obama administration by blaring the headline “Defense Dept. can’t account for $8.7 billion” under an image of President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But the Associated Press article Drudge linked to reported that the funds in question predate the Obama administration.”
Gosh, that is so cute! That’s like when Fox rolls footage of officers arresting people and then has a lower third crawling that asks if YOU think it’s right if Obama let’s police intimidate people. Naturally, people tend to blur the two sources of information together and assume they are related, because, well, they would be if Fox were a real news station. And let’s face it, your average Fox viewer is not someone used to thinking for themselves, which is exactly why they love that slogan “We Report, You Decide”. Anyone who so values the appearance of independent thought that they want to wear it like a badge rarely possesses it. It’s kinda sad.
Media Matters points to the original AP article that the Drudge reported from:
“A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting Iraqi complaints that there is little to show for the massive funds pumped into their cash-strapped, war-ravaged nation.
The $9.1 billion in question came from the Development Fund for Iraq, which was set up by the U.N. Security Council in 2003. The DFI includes revenues from Iraq’s oil and gas exports, as well as frozen Iraqi assets and surplus funds from the defunct, Saddam Hussein-era U.N. oil-for-food program.
Iraq had given the U.S. authorization to tap into the fund, which is held in New York, for humanitarian and reconstruction efforts, withdrawing that approval in December 2007.
With the establishment of the Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq shortly after the start of the U.S. invasion in 2003 until mid-2004, about $20 billion was placed into the account. The $9.1 billion audited by the Iraq reconstruction inspector general were funds withdrawn from that account between 2004 and 2007.”
So, I guess those guys over at Drudge can’t add or can’t read or are just kinda trolling for hits of rage by lying to their already misinformed and thus vulnerable readers.
I would start a fund for these poor people if they weren’t so gosh darn irritating with their science denying purple dinosaurs walking among us end times abstinence only social Darwinism baloney. We can only hope that the Fox Drudge drones never wake up, because if they’re this angry now, imagine how angry they would be if they ever realized just how used they had been. Luckily for them, Texas is conspiring to make sure that never happens.
What kinda ticks me off is they lost all of this money under Bush and yet they have spent the last year and half screaming bloody murder about deficits. Kinda makes you wonder if they’re really mad about the deficit….or they’re just…mad that they lost an election.
The next time you hear a Right Winger screeching about the “liberal media” (or just see Sarah Palin’s mouth moving), remember that their chief belief is that the best defense is a good offense, so always check your back before apologizing. I guarantee you will find some kind of media knife lodged thusly.