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Clinton pushback on Fox News: in-kind fundraising for Democrats. Howard Dean used Clinton on Ford in pitch.

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Fox News is reporting on Monday afternoon that the video of former President Clinton chewing out Chris Wallace during an interview on Sunday is topping the most-viewed list. Was Clinton’s rage genuice but the decibel level calculated? Wallace did not think he was out of line.

No matter, the Dems see an advantage to levergering Dem animosity towards ``fair and balanced’’ Fox to their advantage.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is using the interview as a rallying cry to raise money. Pressing on national security is part of the Democratic strategy for victory in November.
Dean’s e-mail appeal comes with a link to YouTube.com to the segment. ``Here's the meat of the Fox News interview with President Clinton, where he's had enough of the right-wing revisionist history from the propaganda machine,’’ Dean writes in the set-up.


Here's an excerpt from the Dean pitch.....

You can't trust Republicans on national security -- and two things proved it yesterday:
1) In a powerful interview that aired yesterday, President Bill Clinton took on the extremist Republican propaganda about 9/11 -- and Fox News tried to cover up the fact that the Bush administration downgraded terrorism as a priority before September 11th and has failed to eliminate Osama bin Laden since the attacks.
2) An explosive report on the still-classified National Intelligence Estimate states that the "invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks" -- and Republicans have been trying to cover it up.
This is what we're fighting against every day -- an administration covering up of the Bush failure of 9/11 and covering up an honest look at the war in Iraq and the war on terror.
You know that Democrats have a real plan for destroying Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, fixing the mess in Iraq, and really securing us at home.
But we've always had those things -- the problem until now has been our willingness to stand up and fight for them in the face of fear mongering, bullying and intimidation from the other side.
That's why we're going on the offense on national security. The future of our party, and of our country, depends on the ability of Democrats to get a strong national security message out in all 50 states this year. Donate to make it happen and watch President Clinton fight back now:
http://www.democrats.org/offense
Here's the meat of the Fox News interview with President Clinton, where he's had enough of the right-wing revisionist history from the propaganda machine:
CLINTON: I'm being asked this on the Fox network. ABC just had a right-wing conservative run in their little Pathway to 9/11, falsely claiming it was based on the 9/11 Commission report, with three things asserted against me directly contradicted by the 9/11 Commission report. ... And I think it's very interesting that all the conservative Republicans, who now say I didn't do enough, claimed that I was too obsessed with bin Laden. All of President Bush's neo-cons thought I was too obsessed with bin Laden. They had no meetings on bin Laden for nine months after I left office.

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Hats off to Clinton for telling Fox News Off and Chris Wallace. I get so tired of Fox bringing up Clinton on this subject, while our Skull and Bones President of the United States was on vacation for 8 months and ignored everything about Bin Laden. President Bush was on vacation when Katrina happened also and it took them 4 to 5 days to get any help for our American Citizens, while he lets the dog gone Mexicans in the country by the millions. Unbelievable to me.

That is the first time I have seen President Clinton get upset and he was rightfully so. Fox News and running this finger pointing campaign about Clinton in order to destribute their Negative, Republican Media Machine, to make him look bad. Well they need to look at the finger pointing, rude, in the reporters face, touching the reporters chest, interview that President Bush did with Brian Williams NBC and Wolf Blitzer with CNN. When Bush has a press conference and answers questions from the reporters, he is rude, and has this degrading, demeaning air about him, that just makes me sick. He was at the G8 summit, caught on tape using bad language, bad manners, eating with his mouth open while he talking to Tony Blair.

So Fox News Shame on You.

WE NEED MORE ACCOUNTABILITY
FROM THE PRESS..FOX IS FAR FAR FROM FAIR AND BALANCED..

THE TRUTH IS THEY CAN'T TAKE IT WHEN YOU GET IN THEIR FACE..JUST LOOK AT HOW THEY TRIED TO SPIN THE CLINTON INTERVIEW.. "HE [BILL CLINTON] IS CRAZED"
aS IF WHAT HE HAD TO SAY HAD NO CREDENCE..

CHIS WALLACE IS A "LITE WEIGHT".CLINTON ATE THE BASTARD UP..


Clinton showed his true colors and Wallace just sat back and let him stink up the place. He (Clinton) showed what a true narcissistic, pathological liar he is. His ego was attacked by the very facts coming to light now (regarding his lack of effort on terrorism) and that is something Clinton can't take. Nobody loves Bill Clinton more than Bill Clinton. I say stay after him.

Big Kudos to Bill Clinton for taking the "Fear Imbalanced" FOX News Channel to task.

That channel is nothing but a propaganda outlet for the current Administration.

The facts support Clinton's assertions.

After Bush took office, Richard Clarke -- who had been Terrorism Czar since the days of conservative-icon Ronald Reagan -- was demoted. When Clinton left office, terrorism was priority #1 and he made that clear during the transition meetings with the Bush Administration. However, shortly after assuming power, Bush decided to make Iraq the #1 priority. And even though the CIA and FBI had finally certified in Febuary of 2001 that al Qaeda was responsible for the bombing of the U.S. Cole, the Bush Administration did not take (or plan) any retalliation against al Qaeda.

Of course the facts will do nothing to stop GOP-plants from posting character-attacks on Clinton without any attention paid to the actual facts, but that is just par for the course with the Republicans these days.

Every time Clinton Lies he gets testy and shakes his finger. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Clinton is upset because he knows history look at his time in office as being IMPEACHED for lying under oath, his fault. Having Bin Laden on a Silver platter from the Sudan and publically admitting it and failing to act, his fault. And lets not forget the lying about a middle class tax cut and raising taxes ,along with HillBill's socialized medicine that got us a GOP congress for the first time in 50 years. So every time Slick Willy lies he gets testy and visibly shaken and thats how he was with Chris Wallace.

SO I SAY SHAME ON YOU BILLY CLINTON FOR TRYING TO BULLY FOX NEWS WHEN ALL THEY ASKED WAS A LEGITIMATE QUESTION.

Clinton has a right to defend himself. However, he needs to learn to tell the truth. He quotes Richard Clark. Yet Clark admitted in 2002 in Syracuse there was NO comprehensive anti-terror plans left by the previous administration. As Rice also mentioned yesterday.... Also, what was unfair? You mean everytime a journalist ask a question that a politician doesn't like, it becomes a rightwing conspiracy. He (Wallace) had every right to ask that question. Actually he was nice on Clinton. He didn't bring up the Sudan fiasco's (both the genocide and Bin Laden mess), Rwanda, selling technology to China, etc. Nor did he bring up Clinton pushing through NAFTA which has cost semi-skilled American manufacturer workers thousands and thousands and thousands of jobs.

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