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Fact Check: Reich Claims Non-Existent Fox News Led Conservative Charge in 1994
Big Journalism ^ | Jan 26th 2010 | Frank Ross

Posted on 01/27/2010 6:41:15 AM PST by kingattax

Former Obama economic advisor, Clinton Secretary of Labor, and Berkely Prof. Robert Reich claimed yesterday in his column at that Fox News played a role in the conservative resurgence of 1994:

In December 1994, Bill Clinton proposed a so-called middle-class bill of rights including more tax credits for families with children, expanded retirement accounts, and tax-deductible college tuition. Clinton had lost his battle for healthcare reform. Even worse, by that time the Dems had lost the House and Senate. Washington was riding a huge anti-incumbent wave. Right-wing populists were the ascendancy, with Newt Gingrich and Fox News leading the charge. Bill Clinton thought it desperately important to assure Americans he was on their side.

But Prof. Reich overlooked one minor detail: Fox News Channel’s first broadcast wasn’t until October 7, 1996.

The plan for FNC wasn’t even outlined until January of 1996, so what could explain such a patently false claim? Is the professor suggesting that even in 1994, Fox News’ imminence did in fact play a role in the political upheaval of that year? Or is this a moment where Fox Derangement Syndrome enters the realm of full-blown paranoia?

Either way, where was Salon on this one to save Reich from himself? And would Prof. Reich tolerate fact-checking this poor from his college students?

TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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To: reagan_fanatic

He’s so short I bet you can see his feet on his driver’s license photo.

41 posted on 01/27/2010 7:10:19 AM PST by notfornothing
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To: kingattax

YOU LIE reich.


42 posted on 01/27/2010 7:12:21 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: kingattax

Another genius of smart - SOOOO much smarter than the rest of us - we are too STOOOPID to get ANY of this - OOOOOH, they know SO much more than we do!

Austrians speak Austrian; 57 states; “Stand up , Joe..”;etc.

Oh, SO much smarter than the rest...

43 posted on 01/27/2010 7:12:50 AM PST by matginzac
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To: HerrBlucher

Yup. Marxiana is at war with Foxia. Marxiana has ALWAYS been at war with Foxia.

44 posted on 01/27/2010 7:13:10 AM PST by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at
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To: kingattax

HA HA... the little dunce. btw love the way Rush says his name.

45 posted on 01/27/2010 7:13:56 AM PST by exPBRrat
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To: left that other site
They just assume that the people are so stupid that they will believe everything they say without question.

A strategy which seems to work for some of the population

46 posted on 01/27/2010 7:15:49 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (If you remove the first Amendment, we'll be forced to move on to the next one.)
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To: F15Eagle

“Is this like when Obama sez that the 1965 Selma March set in motion events ... that got him born in 1961?”

I seen something similar to this happen in a movie called “The Terminator”. It is where Kyle Reese who is John Conner’s father travels back in time from 2029 to 1984 and meets Sarah Connor.

47 posted on 01/27/2010 7:19:38 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: kingattax

He’s too short to have a clear view of something that long ago.

49 posted on 01/27/2010 7:23:09 AM PST by aruanan
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To: ClearCase_guy
To lie one needs to have a sufficient regard for the truth to know it and say the opposite for the purpose of deception. I don't think Reich lies, I think he bullsh*ts--says whatever comes to mind as expedient without regard for its truth or falsity. I cannot recall whether Frankfurt in his charming little book On Bullsh*t comes down in favor of the proposition that bullsh*t is a greater enemy of truth than lying or merely considers the question, but there is certainly an argument to be made that what Reich is doing is worse than lying.
51 posted on 01/27/2010 7:29:28 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: capt. norm

like the woman who showed up at the office one morning, visibly upset. When asked why, she said “a man in the elevator said I used I lovely scented shampoo.” When told that didn’t seem too rude, she added “he was a midget.”

52 posted on 01/27/2010 7:32:22 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: The_Reader_David

Thanks. That’s an excellent distinction. And I would agree that it’s worse than lying.

53 posted on 01/27/2010 7:38:23 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (We have the 1st so that we can call on people to rebel. We have 2nd so that they can.)
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To: F15Eagle

No Obama is John Connor who is suppose to save us from the Machines (Banks, Freedom, Democracy). Kyle Reese was who ever Obama’s dad is. The T-800 model 101 could be Hannity, Rush, Freepers, and anyone who has identified this fraud from the very beginning.

54 posted on 01/27/2010 7:38:23 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: kingattax

Hey, why would anyone expect a member of the Troll Nation to get pesky facts correct, especially history. I mean after all, living under bridges and such makes for a pretty isolated environment. I tell you though, I’m pretty shocked to find out Trolls are hell bent on socialism, as there was one iota of his mentioned in any of the stories I ever read about Trolls. You know, if you can’t trust the Grimm Brothers, who can you trust?

Skit note for conservative SNL: recurring Robert Reich Troll character. Cross between Troll and Munchkin, named Robert Retch. Troll news correspondent who always sings proclamations in stuttering stretched-a munchkin-voice advocating latest Obama de jure positions. Introduced by fake TV anchor reporter as spokesperson/mayor of Trollville whenever commentary from Trollville is needed. Appears only on TV news show window screen from remote camera. Initial appearance always occurs by emerging from under a bridge. Backdrop would look like Berkeley Campus, and announced as appearing from University of Berkley. Character played by a little person.

Typical scenario involves straight introduction by TV news anchor, straight hello from Robert Retch, then the singing socialist commentary, followed by straight “Back to You” by Robert Retch.

Look people, this stuff just writes itself. We really, really, really need a conservative SNL.

To get our show started, find someone who wants to make big bucks from the idea and has a couple mil to start a production company. Assemble a troupe of unknown, up and coming comedians via national tryout. Writers optional, as probably a few hundred of us around the nation could keep them supplied with material forever. This would be like an open source code project, only it would be open source comedy writers. Just set up a web site to which contributions could be submitted. Eventually, though, to get the really great stuff, you need to have collaboration amongst groups of writers. This could be accomplished by holding regional workshops in which “the best of” submitters would be paid to attend comedy workshop collaborations.

This model could even be used for the comedians themselves, as selected guests or troups could be featured for a skit each week. There are large numbers of enormously funny folks out there.

So, you produce a few episodes, put them on youtube, wait until a few million views occur with clips shown on BOR, Hannity, and Greta, and then sit back for the network offers to pour in. That’s exactly how South Park got started (except without the BOR/Hannity/Greta part, which would be icing on the cake).

55 posted on 01/27/2010 7:43:14 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff)
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To: kingattax

Reich is also a mental midget.

56 posted on 01/27/2010 7:45:15 AM PST by Marauder ("I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just." - Jefferson)
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To: kingattax

I remember they shared airtime with a country music station on my cable service.

58 posted on 01/27/2010 7:46:51 AM PST by lacrew (The 274th trimester is a very late procedure)
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To: kingattax


Maybe he was too busy watching rebroadcasts of FDR’s television speeches with Joe Biden at the time . . .

60 posted on 01/27/2010 7:53:19 AM PST by cvq3842 (A fool and his liberty are soon parted.)
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