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Selective Editing? Bill O’Reilly ‘Corrects’ Jon Stewart Over Criticism Of Nazi Rhetoric

Mediate’s article below, tends to placate Bill O’Reilly and Fox News.  The fact of the matter is, Fox News, et al make it a standard practice to cherry pick and selectively edit videos that put them in a bad light.

This is so typical of Fox News and their commentators.  See here, here, and here and these are just a few examples.

Mediaite

Bill O’Reilly took exception to being included in Jon Stewart’s searing criticism of Fox News’ use of Nazi rhetoric in its opinion media programming. Focusing on a short clip sampled by Daily Show producers in which The Factor host compared “hate-filled blogs” with Nazi Germany, O’Reilly explained that the reference in question was taken out of context. Ironically, O’Reilly seemed to miss the context of Stewart’s criticism as well.

First, a bit of background. The rediscovered tone of civility in the days that followed President Obama’s speech at the Tucson memorial was sharply interrupted last week by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), who made what many saw as distasteful comparisons on the House floor, between the GOP and Nazi propaganda techniques. This culminated in a predictable set of finger-pointing by many media personalities, the last of which was Stewart’s searing rebuttal to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s claim that Fox News’ personalities do not make gratuitous Nazi references (as her guest Richard Socarides had alleged on her show).

By way of rebuttal to Stewart’s rebuttal, O’Reilly played a short clip from the Daily Show segment and explained that it was presented without larger context, which was absolutely true. The clip in question focused on what appeared to be an extremely distasteful, and most likely anonymous, blog comment on Huffington Post that suggested that Nancy Reagan should die. In the context of that comment, one can certainly see how angry and horrified a self-described traditionalist like O’Reilly would become. But to compare an anonymous blog comment to Nazi techniques is a tad hyperbolic.     More…

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