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Fox & Friends Falsely ‘Reports’ That Democratic Congressman Called The Constitution ‘Silly’

Why am I not shocked at Fox News’ blatant lies?


On Friday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, the program’s anchors spent several segments “reporting” on the remarks of Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) concerning the reading of the US Constitution on the floor of the House. While their interpretation of his statement that he’s “tired of reading the Constitution” was, perhaps, unfair, their assertion that he “called the Constitution silly” was factually inaccurate. Does the “opinion/news” border fence at Fox entitle Fox & Friends to their own facts?

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McDermott’s remarks, even without any surrounding context, are pretty clear. When he says “I am tired of reading the Constitution and all the silly things we have done for the last 13 weeks,” he’s clearly referring to the gimmicky nature of the Republicans’ insistence upon reading the US Constitution into the record at the beginning of the 112th Congress, a reading that omitted any reference to slavery, or to any parts of the document whose pages were stuck together.

He’s also referring to the House GOP’s new rule that every bill include an explicit Constitutional citation. You remember that, don’t you? It’s the rule the Republicans immediately decided to ignore.

More broadly, the “silly things” includes, as he says in the next sentence, all of the non-job-related wastes of time that the GOP-controlled House has engaged in, such as an ill-fated attempt to redefine rape, an extra swearing-in ceremony necessitated by two of its members taking their oath via TV, and their recent attempt to circumvent Schoolhouse Rock.    Continue reading…

One thought on “Fox & Friends Falsely ‘Reports’ That Democratic Congressman Called The Constitution ‘Silly’

  1. I asked a friend of mine, very much a religious conservative (by the way, so am I … which is why I’m not a Republican), if this kind of thing doesn’t fall under the prohibition “Do not bear false witness.”

    Sometimes I wonder why I still have any friends …


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