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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:38 PM

Maddow: Secret Petraeus audio means Fox News ‘officially’ part of the GOP

When Fox News chief Roger Ailes sent one of his national security correspondents to interview then-General David Petraeus in 2011, chances are he didn’t want the full conversation to ever see the light of day — because if it did, the network’s claim of being “fair and balanced” could be forever buried.

As it happened, someone was recording. The Washington Post revealed Monday that Ailes had contributor K.T. Mcfarland deliver a message to Petraeus directly: run for president as a Republican and News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch will bankroll you.

Audio of the discussion, published by reporter Bob Woodward, was aired again Tuesday night by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who couldn’t quite figure out why such a “strange bombshell” of a story would run in the Post‘s “Style” section instead of near the front of the paper.

“That recording was made April 16th of last year,” she explained. “A week and a half later the president announced he was nominating General Petraeus to head the CIA. Right before the president announced him as his choice, the chairman of Fox News was urging the general not to take the job, not to take any job short of being of the Joint Chiefs, saying he should run for president instead as a Republican against President Obama in this past election. And it’s all on tape.”

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Reply Maddow: Secret Petraeus audio means Fox News ‘officially’ part of the GOP (Original post)
Playinghardball Dec 2012 OP
kelliekat44 Dec 2012 #1
Cha Dec 2012 #6
ReRe Dec 2012 #11
randome Dec 2012 #2
dsharp88 Dec 2012 #13
Faryn Balyncd Dec 2012 #14
louis-t Dec 2012 #3
Coyotl Dec 2012 #4
Spazito Dec 2012 #5
LiberalArkie Dec 2012 #7
bullwinkle428 Dec 2012 #8
Myrina Dec 2012 #9
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #10
yellowcanine Dec 2012 #12
elbloggoZY27 Dec 2012 #15
Texin Dec 2012 #16
longship Dec 2012 #17
Stuart G Dec 2012 #18
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #19
rablrouzer Dec 2012 #20
Ken Burch Dec 2012 #21
go west young man Dec 2012 #22
AllyCat Dec 2012 #23
Third Doctor Dec 2012 #24
patrice Dec 2012 #25
Blue Owl Dec 2012 #26

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:41 PM

1. Does this really surprise anyone? nt

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:47 PM

6. No, I read it yesterday and didn't even blink. Business as usual

for the fox propaganda machine.

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:10 PM

11. I missed Rachel last night...

but really, is anyone shocked with this revelation about FOX? Now the part about Betrayus was news. Bob Woodward? (Excuse me while I puke. )

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:50 PM

2. Stop call them Fox, then.

Call them RNN -Republican News Network.

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Response to randome (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:18 PM

13. Unfortunately calling them RNN would imply they are a news organization. n/t

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Response to dsharp88 (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:27 PM

14. Perhaps RPN then, but I think Pravda has a nicer ring to it.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:59 PM

4. So, even Fox knew none of the Republican cvandidates could win. That's not

news

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:13 PM

5. Reading the full transcript is well worth the time it takes...

it wasn't the reaffirmation that Fox is a propaganda outlet for the repubs (we all knew that already) that made me go it was Petraeus on the future role of the CIA and this interview took place BEFORE it was announced he would be CIA chief along with other issues covered in this secret interview. The interview took place April 16th, 2011 and the announcement of his nomination to the position took place on April 28th, 2011.

His comments re the CIA (Intelligence community) becoming the growth industry is near the bottom of page 4 and then on page 5 of the transcript:



"Petraeus: Yeah. Yeah. But on the other hand, the other folks — on the other hand — I think are going to be in a growth industry.

Q: You mean Obamacare . . .

Petraeus: No, intelligence.

Q: Oh, the bad guys?

Petraeus: Yeah, the intelligence community, I think, is going to be . . .

Q: The bad guys, or our — you mean our intelligence community?

Petraeus: Our intelligence community. Going to have to be. I mean, there’s so much going on."



Here's the link to the full transcript:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/transcript-kathleen-t-mcfarland-talks-with-gen-david-h-petraeus/2012/12/03/c0467cd4-3d8b-11e2-a2d9-822f58ac9fd5_story.html

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:53 PM

7. I think he was moved into the CIA so that the agency could keep an eye on him.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:54 PM

8. She made the point last night that Fox has every right to act in

this fashion, but it's incumbent that they drop any pretense of being a "news" outfit if they want to continue to be taken seriously by anyone...

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:58 PM

9. More like, the GOP is a subsidiary of Fox/Murdoch/Ailes Corp.

n/t

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Response to Myrina (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:06 PM

10. Rec

 

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:10 PM

12. The funniest part of this was that Ailes supposedly was going to manage the Petraeus Presidential

campaign. Now THAT would have been a real hoot.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:29 PM

15. All The News Unfit to Publish

 

Fox News is an enabler of the GOP.

Fox should be shut down.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:34 PM

16. Doesn't anyone else wonder if Petraeus was already having the affair with what'shername.

If that was the case, and IIRC a recent article about that liaison mentioned that it started almost immediately after he returned from Iraq, that means he probably realized that he couldn't pass Presidential vetting, but might squeak past any scrutiny for the CIA post.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:35 PM

17. Kicking for later. Also, DUrec. nt

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:37 PM

18. K and R nt. thanks for posting

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:44 PM

19. Yikes!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:00 PM

20. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

Exactly backwards. The Repugs are a subsidiary of Fox News.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:03 PM

21. It ran in the "Style" section because the WaPost is now run by cowards.

That rag has been like this since Katherine Graham ordered them to not ever be like "Woodstein" again, back in the late 70's.

If they could get away with it, they'd put Woodward on the obits desk.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:14 PM

22. Fairness Doctrine needed more now than ever.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:22 PM

23. In other news, it's dark at nighttime.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:24 PM

24. I've known this for years.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:49 PM

25. A FOREIGN OWNED communication/entertainment company tried to BUY the Presidency. nt

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:51 AM

26. Whiskey Tango FOXtrot

Shame on them both.

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