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Fox News's ignorance leads to a costly blunder

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August 16, 2008 – Comments (10)

Americans can't tell an ethnic Georgian from an ethnic Ossetian by the last name, so when the unsuspecting Fox News invited a Georgian-born American into the studio, they expected to hear more of the usual duckspeak. Instead, they found themselves in a position of having to tell their guest to please shut up. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8XI2Chc6uQ 

Some jokes:

The Olympic Committee included Saakashvili into the Georgian Olympic team for his outstanding running skills. 

Russia asked CNN reporters to leave the country because it grew tired of their constant lies and distortions of facts. A CNN representative said it won't affect their coverage because CNN reporters make up their stories without ever leaving their American offices. 

 Americans are so upset about Georgia because it reminds them of one of their own states. To level the playing field, one has to rename South Ossetia into South Carolina and Abkhasia into Arkansas.

When asked where he got this nonsense about Georgia, Bush said he got his info from CNN, CNN said it got the info from AFR, AFR said it had interviewed the Gorgians, and the Georgians said, why, of course it's true if the American president said so.

After McCain delivered his "We are now all Georgians" speach, Saakashvili declared himself the democratically elected president of the United States. 

When the West accused Russia of disproportionate use of force, Russia accused the West of disproportionate use of CNN. 

10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 16, 2008 at 8:45 AM, karstenG (< 20) wrote:

woah. thanks for the link to the video. it seemed to me the Fox people knew where the girl was from, and what she and her aunt would say. i dont think there is any dispute tha the Georgians went into Russian-occupied Ossesstia (part of Georgia) in an attempt to restore their legitimate rule. the problem here is the Russians responded with MASSIVE OVERWHELMING FORCE. And, Russia asking CNN to leave is a good thing. usually they kill journalists they dont like...

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#2) On August 16, 2008 at 9:47 AM, kdakota630 (29.76) wrote:

I don't see where this "costly blunder" is that you're referring to, or them "having to tell their guest to please shut up."  They had to go to commercial as the show was obviously near the end, they came back as promised, and ended the show with them letting them say their peace in the short time that was left.

Thanks for the video though.  It's refreshing getting both sides of the story, especially this one.

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#3) On August 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM, russiangambit (29.35) wrote:

Georgia tried to do in Ossetia what Russia did in Chechnya, force a break away region back into the fold by force. Russians were condemned for it ( and rightfully so). I don't understand why Georgia is being given a pass. I don't care if they are our ally. You don't kill your own people, it is sick..

The only slight difference in the situation is that Chechnya is Muslim and Ossetia is Christian. So, fighting was much more fierce in Chechnya because ther were a lot of islamic fighters there, both chechens and foreigners.

In the end Chechnya lost because it didn't have a strong enough backer. Russians viewed it as another Afganistan , since Chechnya is muslim and  it could turn into a staging area for islamic fundamentalists.

I , personally, wished they let Chechnya go. I cannot apporve killing of people for political reasons.

Ossetia had a strong backer and so it got lucky, Russia protected them. I cannot stand the talk of giving Ossetia back to Georgia after Georgia bombed and killed people, who they claim are their citizens.

Ossetia and Abkhazia should get to choose whether they want to be a part of Georgia or not.

Also, it is not clear, why the US is ready to break all ties with Russia over Georgia, but not over Chechnya.

P.S.The girl's last name is clearly not georgian, but ossetian.

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#4) On August 16, 2008 at 12:34 PM, starbucks4ever (98.70) wrote:

The US has spent the last 10 years convincing the Russians  that central governments should not attack breakaway provinces such as Kosovo. So when Georgia attacked S. Ossetia, the Russians finally accepted the American point of view, and the US is still unhappy. Strange people these Americans! They are always unhappy no matter what you do :)

"he girl's last name is clearly not georgian, but ossetian."

It's clear to us, but it wasn't clear to Fox News. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the original plan was to describe all the gory details of the agression of country R against country G :)

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#5) On August 16, 2008 at 1:02 PM, ajm101 (32.77) wrote:

It's silly to try and make sense of this from the perspective of whether breakaway regions have legitimate claims for independence.  Just like Iraq and the provocations towards Iran, this is about securing energy resources and transit routes for that energy.  Iraq, Iran, and the Caspian sea have huge underdeveloped oil deposits, and the only route for that oil that doesn't go through Russia goes through Georgia. 

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#6) On August 16, 2008 at 1:20 PM, smartRogue (24.69) wrote:

It's apparent that you have an agenda, as the distortions in your description are obvious to anyone watching the video.

Sakashvili the "president of the United States" ? 

Georgia "reminds them [us citizens] of one of their own states"? 

CNN's "constant lies and distortions", of course, are much worse than those coming from the Russian elite --- NOT.

What are you smoking? 

 

 

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#7) On August 16, 2008 at 1:24 PM, kdakota630 (29.76) wrote:

I have no idea what part of that video suggests that Fox News had some sort of anti-Russian or pro-Georgian point of view when they interviewed that little girl and her aunt.

It seems to me that they basically gave the both of them a forum to share the story of what happened to the young girl.  Nothing that the interviewer says leading up to the girl speaking suggests anything about who he thinks is the aggressor country.

If you think that "it doesn't take a genius to figure out" Fox News' "original plan" despite anything from that video showing any evidence of it suggests that perhaps it doesn't take a genius to figure out that you have a preconceived notion about Fox News.  At least in that video there is nothing to suggest any credibility to your accusation.

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#8) On August 17, 2008 at 1:44 AM, StockBender (52.55) wrote:

I only watch Fox News when I want a good laugh. That, and to remind myself that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have more journalistic integrity, and then laugh even harder.

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#9) On August 18, 2008 at 3:04 AM, GCrackers101 (< 20) wrote:

StockBender..... I'll second that !!!!!!!!!

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#10) On September 07, 2008 at 11:06 AM, BradAllenton (31.67) wrote:

Don't you just hate when the other side of a story breaks through despite all your bet filtering efforts? Wow! Fixed News must be going soft. They should have had belligerent Billo the clown cross examine her, you know to get the "fair and balanced" truth. 

 

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