FOX: Terror and security, security and terror
There was no big story on The Big Story today, just a litany of talking points addressed on earlier shows and some gossip about Katies Holmes and Couric. Not until the very last sentence from host John Gibson did the message crystallize:
"As this election approaches, no one should be able to avoid the issue of our security."
With the approaching mid-terms looking like a Democratic Congress will be sworn in in January, FOX/Republicans are desperately trying to keep the electorate frightened and focused on terror, terror, terror. In Gibson's "My Word" segment he said
"I'm also glad the president asked - *no, demanded*- Congress handle a couple bits of truly important legislation: laws that would define how prisoners can be treated under the Geneva Conventions and, second, laws to set up a procedure so KSM and Ramzi and Zubaydah can be put on trial in a military courtroom.
I know members of Congress want to get out and start campaigning so they can keep their jobs, and others out there are campaigning now to take their jobs away. But this stuff is important, and any delay only invites some court somewhere to rule that these 9/11 terrorists shouldn't be kept in captivity if there is not a procedure for putting them on trial.
By the way, it is no small matter that demands upon the Congress to pass crucial laws in order to deal with dangerous terrorists will help focus the minds of those campaigning for public office and those voting for or against them.
As this election approaches, no one should be able to avoid the issue of our security."
In any case, the word is clearly out from on high - no talk about stagnant wages, disappearing pensions, rising healthcare costs, incompetence, corruption, pollution, immigration, global warming, skyrocketing tuitions, and, god forbid, Iraq - just terror and insecurity.
*Note* The FOXNews.com website linked above reads "I'm also glad the president asked — not demanded — Congress handle a couple bits of truly important legislation: " but Gibson clearly said "asked - no, demanded..." (his emphasis). An innocent typo, or an effort to soften Gibson's characterization of Bush's domineering attitude?
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