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Eric Bolling’s Rewriting of History on Fox News

Fox News host Eric Bolling

Fox News host Eric Bolling

Now that Glenn Beck’s show is no longer on Fox News, many people may think that the ratio of hot air to facts would improve, but the show that filled Beck’s time slot shall prove differently. Fox News host Eric Bolling who appeared on Beck’s replacement show, “The Five,” along with a panel including former Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino, made in incredible announcement, similar to Rudy Giuliani’s claim that, “we had no domestic attacks under Bush.”

BOLLING: America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008. I don’t remember any attacks on American soil during that period of time.

Of course, there was that thing that happened in New York on September 11th, 2001, which was during Bush’s first term as President. It was only one of the largest attacks on American soil in U.S. history. It’s a simple thing to overlook.

Someone had to have corrected him on the show, right? Wrong.

Not even Dana Perino uttered a peep. But, really, who would expect her to? (See GOP Connections)

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FoxNation Attacks Obama for Policy That Existed Under Bush

The FoxNation caption reads, “Obama’s Army? Calling Lawyers for Permission to Kill Terrorists” – This refers to the judge advocate general (JAG) policy of verifying legality prior to ordering a mission… a practice that existed under Bush. So, this is nothing new for anyone except the alarmist Fox News web site…

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Sean Hannity: ‘George Bush…did not play golf while this country was at war.’

Sean Hannity, speaking with former Bush adviser Nicolle Wallace, made an absurdly ridiculous claim, which, of course, was not refuted by Wallace, nor anyone else at Fox News.

HANNITY: George Bush who you worked for did not play golf while this country was at war. He didn’t want the families of loved ones serving, well, that they may have lost the loved ones seeing him on a golf course.

WALLACE: Yes, I mean…

HANNITY: He seemed to be far more in touch.

Remember, “We must stop the terror. I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive.” and all the time spent in Crawford?

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It’s been suggested that it wasn’t the war that made Bush cut down on his golfing, but rather doctor’s orders. Of course, two months after Bush said he quit playing golf (2003) he spent Columbus Day playing with “three long-time buddies” and also attended a golf fundraiser for John McCain in 2008. Condoleezza Rice; however, didn’t give up her game – where was Hannity to call her out-of-touch in 2008?

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Saudi Prince Endorses Fox News Dynasty

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, the largest shareholder of News Corp outside the Murdoch family, offered his opinion on Rupert Murdoch’s replacement.

ALWALEED: I met with Mr. Rupert Murdoch and Mr. James Murdoch. We are always in touch. I’m second biggest shareholder there. And no doubt that News Corp is moving on all the fronts. You’ve seen how FOX rating is skyrocketing. … James is now managing Europe and Asia. … I’ll be the first one to nominate him to be the successor of Mr. Rupert Murdoch, god forbid if something happens to him. … I have full confidence in [James], full trust in him, and he’s capable. He’s really Rupert Murdoch in the making, and he’s almost there now.

With the recent Supreme Court ruling, is there is a question of who will be aided by Alwaleed’s financial support?  Alwaleed, King Abdullah’s nephew, has been a friend of the Bush family for 30 years, the richest person in Saudi Arabia, the 22nd richest person in the world and he holds large stakes in many American companies, including Citi, who received billions of dollars in bailout money.

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FoxNews.com Middle East News Stuck in Bush Era

Nearly one year into Barack Obama’s first term as President, FoxNews.com is still displaying news from the Bush era. If you navigate to “WORLD,” select “The Mideast” from the “SECTION MAP” dropdown and look under “LATEST MIDDLE EAST NEWS” you will see the following severely outdated list:

  • Bush, Olmert Meeting to Focus on Iranian Nuclear Fears, Mideast Peace
  • U.S. Professor Donates Israeli Prize to Palestinian Students
  • Lebanese President Sworn In as Beirut Cheers
  • Bush Administration Wants to Speed Up Aid to Lebanese Army
  • Bush Readies for Visit to Middle East in May
  • Syrian Ambassador to U.S. Says CIA Fabricated Photo Evidence of Nuclear Reactor
  • White House Hosts 2 Days of Mideast Diplomacy
  • Hamas Leaders to Meet With Former President Jimmy Carter in Egypt
  • Carter Says He’ll Meet With Another Hamas Official
  • Army Gen. Martin Dempsey Takes Charge as Central Command Chief
  • Bush Believes ‘Plenty of Time’ to Strike Mideast Peace in His Term
  • Rice Heads to Mideast as Israeli-Palestinian Fractures Grow
  • Bush Administration Targets 4 Individuals Accused of Financial Assistance to Syria
  • Syrian Businessman Targeted in Bush Administration Sanctions
  • U.S. Concerned Over Massive Palestinian Flows Into Egypt

It appears the latest news item is from June, 2008. Of course, this is only one example. Here’s another: If you select “The Americas” the latest news you will find is from February, 2008!

Way to stay on top of things Fox News!

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Dana Perino Rewrites 9/11 History on Hannity

White House Press Secretary under George W. Bush and current Fox News contributor Dana Perino needs a history lesson on 9/11. While trying to classify the Ft. Hood shooting as a terrorist attack, Perino makes the crazy assertion that “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”

With the new “zero tolerance” policy for errors, Sean Hannity surely corrected Perino, right? Wrong.

PERINO: And we had a terrorist attack on our country. And we should call it what it is. Because we need to face up to it so that we can prevent it from happening again.

HANNITY: I agree with you. And why won’t they say what you just so simply said?

PERINO: They want to do all of their investigations. I don’t know. All of the thinking that goes into it. But we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term. I hope they’re not looking at this politically. I do think we ought it to the American people to call it what it is.

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Bob Novak’s Death Used to Further Bush Falsehoods

Columnist Robert Novak died at the age of 78 from brain cancer. It didn’t take long for Fred Barnes to use Novak’s death to bring up, on Fox News, the same falsehoods pushed by Novak about Bush, Valerie Plame, Yellowcake, etc.

BARNES: Bob — you know, Bob was unruffled by the whole thing. He had to get a lawyer, but, ah, you know, it was no problem to him.

Of course, it turned out that he was the first one to hear from anybody in the Bush administration about Valerie Plame, uhm, being a part, and her husband, you know, helping her husband get this, go to this trip to Africa, and then say that President Bush had — what President Bush had said about Saddam Hussein seeking uranium in Africa was wrong.

They’re still discussing it. It turns out that President Bush was right.

But anyway, Bob was caught up in this scandal, he’d heard about it first, and reported it in his column, and then was perfectly comfortable being the center of attention in a legal case that went on for years and years.

Regarding the Plame case: George Tenet himself explained: “Mid-level officials in CPD [The CIA’s Directorate of Operations Counterproliferation Division] decided on their own initiative to [ask Joe Wilson to look into the Niger issue because] he’d helped them on a project once before, and he’d be easy to contact because his wife worked in CPD.”

And the Bush/Yellowcake issue: Not only was the report on which he based the claim he made in the State of the Union built from set of hoax documents, but the White House ignored warnings that this was likely the case. Moreover, there has been no subsequent evidence to suggest that Saddam indeed sought yellowcake from Niger.

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Mike Huckabee Needs a Bush History Lesson

Gretchen Carlson, host of Fox & Friends, asked Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) about some remarks made by Vice President Biden about the economy. Huckabee wasted no time in making the false claim that George W. Bush did not play the blame game about what he inherited from Bill Clinton.

HUCKABEE: There’s one thing though that Biden and President Obama have got to get under control. And that is quit blaming George Bush. George Bush inherited an economy when he became president back in 2001 that was already beginning to show real signs of the stress from the breaking of the technology bubble. George Bush didn’t go out whining and complaining every day, he stood up like the president of the United States and he worked on trying to get it fixed.

Of course, Bush did place plenty of blame on Clinton:

“When I took office, our economy was beginning a recession.” — Bush, 8/7/02

“The president inherited a Clinton recession and turned it into the early stages of Bush prosperity.” — Secretary of Commerce Don Evans, 9/2/04

“In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession.” — Bush, 1/12/09

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FoxNation’s Misleading Headline About Town Hall Meetings

On Friday, July 3, 2009, The Fox Nation web site ran a headline asking, “Obama Busted Stacking Town Hall … What If Bush Had?”

What if? They would know if they asked Fox News‘ own Chris Wallace, who stated on the same day, “I know in the Bush administration, George W. Bush, they had a lot of these town hall meetings, and they chose all the people there.”

They clearly insinuated that the Bush Administration did not do the exact thing they claim to have busted Obama on… But, in typical Fox News fashion, they pose it as a question, rather than blatantly deny the truth, but the intent is obvious.

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Sean Hannity Lies About Clinton Op-Ed

Before George W. Bush took office, according to Sean Hannity, Bill Clinton wrote an Op-Ed criticizing the then incoming president. Unfortunately for Hannity, that’s rubbish. Clinton did write an Op-Ed on January 14th, but the only time he mentioned Bush was to suggest a nonpartisan commission on electoral reform.

In the Op-Ed, Clinton wrote about racial profiling, federal sentencing policies, voting rights, electoral reform and proposed Election Day as a national holiday. Where exactly is the negativity toward Bush? Apparently, just in Hannity’s imagination.

HANNITY: I went back — Bill Clinton, before George Bush ever became president, had an op-ed in January 15th, before George Bush was sworn in, criticizing George Bush. You know, for all this talk, “Oh, George Bush needs to be quiet” — now he defended enhanced interrogations. He said it was lawful. He did it to protect this country. He said he wasn’t going to sell out this country for short-term political gain. That –

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Fox News Hypocrisy About White House Access

Do you recall someone named Bret Baier, who worked for a cable news channel called Fox News and had “unprecedented access” to the Bush White House in 2008? Apparently, Fox News doesn’t. Nor do they seem to remember that Baier also went aboard Air Force One and visited Bush’s ranch in Texas.

Conveniently, Sean Hannity doesn’t recall any of that when he and Karl Rove complained about ABC being granted access for the upcoming special, “Questions for the President: Prescription for America.”

HANNITY: Karl, it seems rather unprecedented. You were there in the White House for the better part of eight years. Did this ever happened while George W. Bush was president?

ROVE: You know, look, it’s normal for the networks to want to come in and do an interview inside the White House or to get a glimpse behind the curtain as to what goes on there. This is an unprecedented access to the White House and more importantly an unprecedented use of the White House. I can’t remember a time when the network came in and was going to devote a significant block of time to covering an issue that was on the president’s agenda.

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Sean Hannity Needs Fannie/Freddie History Lesson

Apparently, Sean Hannity has forgotten that George W. Bush was the U.S. President until January of this year. Or, he forgot that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into a conservatorship under the FHFA in September, 2008. In either case, he made this false statement on June 3 regarding Obama’s involvement:

HANNITY: But I think, fundamentally, there’s a point here that we need to discuss. And that is Barack Obama, if we get to the root cause of — if anyone would have predicted that he was going to accumulate these debt — this debt, these deficits; that he was going to fundamentally take over GM, take over Chrysler, take over the banks, take over Fannie, take over Freddie; and that he’s going to go on an apology tour and then say we’re not a Christian nation, these are fundamental — you know, there’s a fundamental foundation of America that we are altering here.

Think that was just a mistake? Here he was the day before:

HANNITY: So now on the economy, we’ve got the government taking over car companies and nationalizing banks, and they’re taking over Freddie and Fannie. And they’ve got, you know, a $2 trillion deficit this year, quadrupling it, $10 trillion in the future. I guess this is socialism.

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Jesse Ventura Takes on Sean Hannity

While former Governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura was on Sean Hannity’s show yesterday, the questions by Hannity followed an all-to-familiar path. Unfortunately for Hannity, his guest is pretty sharp and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

Hannity has the nerve to state that the world is better off after Bush’s presidency. Ventura has a different opinion on that matter…

Ventura: You’re telling me that the United States was better off after George Bush or before him?

Hannity: After.

Ventura: Oh, my God. How can you make that statement?

Hannity: I just did..and I’ll tell you why…

Ventura: It’s ridiculous…This country was far better off (No.) before George Bush then it is after George Bush.

Ventura responded to Hannity’s weak argument about President George W. Bush inheriting problems from President Bill Clinton, including terrorist incidents. This exchange is great!

Hannity: There were a group of radicals that were at war with the United States and we weren’t at war with them. We saw the first Trade Center bombing, the Embassy bombings, the USS Cole, and we think radicals that think God is going to reward them in Heaven with virgins. Jesse, how do you stop them.

Ventura: You pay attention to memos on August sixth that tell you exactly what Bin Laden is going to do. Instead we hear Condoleezza Rice going, “I didn’t know what they were going to do.” And the memos says Bin Laden set to hijack planes and ram them into buildings and your buddy George Bush, he was on vacation in Crawford at the time. Do you know he took over 900 days off for vacation?

Hannity: The President’s never off….Do you know that, Let me give you an example…

Ventura: This one was on his watch because the biggest attack happened on his watch.

For Sean Hannity, a renown bully, it was a mistake to have an even bigger bully, like Jesse Ventura, as a guest.

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Fox News Andrew Napolitano: Bush May Be a Felon

In a May 8 broadcast, Former district court judge Andrew Napolitano, now a Fox News commentator, comments on a New York Times article about the Bush Administration authorizing torture. Napolitano agrees that, if the NY Times article is accurate, then Bush “committed a felony for each act of torture he authorized and which was carried out.”

“We’re a country of laws and not of men. And when people break the law, no matter what their motivation is, they should be prosecuted. Would a jury take into account the motivation? Of course it would. But is the motivation a defense to law breaking? It is not.”

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Rupert Murdoch Admits To Pushing Bush Policies

In this video from 2007, Rupert Murdoch was asked if his  global media enterprise has shaped the perception of the war. Murdoch replied, “No, I don’t think so. I mean we tried.” Tried in what way? “We basically supported… I will say supported the bush policy.”

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