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Major Garrett Leaves Fox News

White House correspondent for Fox News, Major Garrett, has left the network and TV, returning to print journalism. This comes after Garrett helped Fox News gain the coveted front row seat at the White House Briefing Room. Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will share the White House beat.

“Throughout my television career, I’ve known with certainty I would someday return to my roots in print journalism,” Garrett said in the announcement. “That day has come. I will soon announce an exciting new phase of my career — one made possible in no small part by FOX News’ consistent support. It would take a lot – something near perfection – to lure me away from the best job I’ve ever had. Details to come.”

Garrett has accepted a job at National Journal, returning to his roots in print journalism. National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier said in a separate announcement. “He is known across Washington as one of the hardest-working journalists in the business, a fierce competitor on his beat, and a good and decent man. It is a rare combination, and one we’re incredibly lucky to be bringing into our newsroom.”

“We think Major Garrett is a legitimate reporter,” former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said in the midst of the administration’s battle against the network.

Of course, if you want an example of Major Garrett twisting President Obama’s words, here you go. And, if you want to see Wendell Goler taking an Obama quote out of context, you can find that here. But Goler has also provided a voice of reason about the czar issue.

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Fox News Promotes & Debunks Lies About Czars

An increasingly common conservative attack against President Obama is to address the so-called czars and questioning their accountability. Fox News’ Jane Skinner brought up the question of whether or not having czars is constitutional and if there would be any oversight.

Fox News even displayed a graphic titled “All The President’s Czars” (see below). Included are eight Senate-confirmed positions, one is being held up by Republicans, one is the Science Adviser and one is the chair of a Congressional oversight panel.

Thankfully, Fox correspondent Wendell Goler was able to explain that having czars is nothing new and many of them are actually advisers (i.e. National Security Adviser) who are confirmed by the Senate. Furthermore, he brought up how Condoleezza Rice, the National Security Adviser appointed by Bush, refused to comply with the Senate in regards to providing testimony about the supposed weapons of mass destruction.

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Fox News Takes Obama Health Care Quote Out of Context

A video clip used by Wendell Goler of Fox News shows President Obama supposedly supporting a European style universal health care system. The problem is that Obama doesn’t. The quote was the President paraphrasing a question during an online Town Hall event and was taken out of context. Here is the full actual quote from Obama:

I actually want a universal health care system; that is our goal…whether we do it exactly the way European countries do or Canada does is a different question, because there are a variety of ways to get to universal health care coverage… I don’t think the best way to fix our health care system is to suddenly completely scrap what everybody is accustomed to and the vast majority of people already have. Rather, what I think we should do is to build on the system that we have and fill some of these gaps.

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