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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:56 PM
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Fox News Pushing “Criminalization of Politics" Talking Point
(which is really the "criminalization of criminality", imho)

From: http://thinkprogress.org/2005/10/18/fox-criminalization /
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Conservative defenders of Karl Rove and Scooter Libby have settled on their No. 1 talking point: the grand jury investigation into the CIA leak scandal represents the “criminalization of politics.”

In other words, they say, the outing of a covert CIA agent in a time of war to punish a whistleblower is just everyday “politics” — nothing out of the ordinary, certainly nothing criminal. In fact, according to conservatives (as articulated by the National Review), the “criminalizing of politics” is actually “the most dangerous fire of this ordeal.”

To spread this talking point across the nation, the right has received a major assist from Fox News. According to a database search, every single television reference to the CIA leak scandal as the “criminalization of politics” in the last 30 days has been on Fox. Even more stunning: on every occassion, the phrase was introduced into the segment by a Fox News anchor or correspondent, never by a guest.
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:57 PM
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1. THEY ARE POLITICIZING CRIME! NM
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Rick Myers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:58 PM
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3. exactly!!!
The person 'criminalizing politics' is the asshat that thinks he's above the law!!!
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:09 PM
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9. Beautiful! May I use that? n/t
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:07 PM
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14. It's not mine. Got it here. PLEASE DO USE IT. n.t
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:58 PM
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2. Al Franken discusssed this very topic on today's show.
He played an audio montage of clips of Fuax Snooz hosts saying “criminalization of politics.”
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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:34 PM
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15. I heard that a little while ago...like a sound montage of silly FOX voices
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Brotherjohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:59 PM
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4. Politics isn't criminal, unless you commit a crime in the name of politics
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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:01 PM
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6. As they get more desperate, the talking points become more absurd! LOL
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Demobrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:59 PM
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5. Every time one of them says that
they need to asked about criminilizing a blowjob.
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:01 PM
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7. A rose by any other name..........
they can call it anything they want, the guilty are still going to jail. Spin away, it won't make a damned bit of difference.
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:06 PM
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8. As they perform the Propagandization of Journalism
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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:55 PM
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13. That's a great reply! eom
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:10 PM
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10. Every time they say that phrase....

....a lib guest should just say "Republican Culture of Corruption."

Every time.

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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:17 PM
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11. the prosecutor was appointed by the republican Attorney General
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 05:19 PM by welshTerrier2
the right-wing propaganda outlets are still living in fantasyland ... they think the prosecution is ALL about "outing a covert CIA agent" ...

actually, they may not think that but that's what they want American's to believe ... they hope they can sell the idea that at worst, this was a petty crime carried out by one or two individuals who may have used a little bad judgment ...

the reality is that virtually the entire bush administration is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors ... the least of their problems was the outing of Valerie "Flame" ...

let's see the Fox liars try to spin their way out of the case Fitzgerald has been building ... they may be trying to innoculate the right from the political fallout when the indictments are handed down ... their defense will collapse within minutes ...

cheney and bush, and all the king's men, will not put this Humpty Dumpty administration together again ... treason, especially commercially motivated treason, is a very ugly business indeed ...
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:19 PM
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12. I think they have been abetting the criminalization of politics
by promoting the agenda of the Bush/DeLay culture of corruption.
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msu2ba Donating Member (231 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:15 PM
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16. "Rule of Law"
Somehow, we just don't seem to be hearing that phrase from the Repugs lately.

I'm sure it's just an oversight...... :sarcasm:
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:22 PM
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17. EXCUSE ME!!! But when they arrest people for bumper stickers
and t shirts from public forums and harrass people the way this administration is know to do - is that not the true criminalization of politics?

conspiring, perjuring, obstructing justice, torture, now that is CRIMINAL and it has nothing to do with politics.
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priapis Donating Member (155 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 07:51 AM
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18. Best way to stop criminalization of politics...
is to get the criminals out of politics
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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-05 04:40 PM
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19. Oh yeah! VERY nice! :)
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