Fox News: Let Slip the Dogs of War
According to Fox News, Mike Huckabee's statements about showing Iran the "gates of hell" was the most popular statement of last night's debate, even among moderates. On the other hand, Fox called Ron Paul's sensible warnings "the most negative thing we've tested in all of these debates."
There are two ways to interpret Fox's stance, and both of them leads to war.
Moderates truly support Huckabee's statement over Ron Paul's
This is the most straightforward and the most disturbing interpretation of that clip. One would expect moderates to be more wary of calls to arms after:
- The WMD embarrassment in Iraq, and
- The recent NIE finding that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons (a finding Huckcabee didn't know about for more than 30 hours after its release, by the way).
Talk about not learning from your past mistakes.
Fox is misrepresenting the data
The second explanation is that Fox is misrepresenting the data. Keep in mind the focus group was of 28 Republican-leaning moderates. Exactly how far do they lean to the right? How "moderate" are they? Are they Neo Con Republicans?
Of course, Fox glossed over that part. Despite the fact that it was only a focus group of 28 people, most of the clip used fancy graphs to convince viewers that this was an important measure of our country's mood. The not-so-subtle message: We're ready to kick some ass.
Pay attention people. This is how wars are sold.