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Comedy To Air On FAUX News Starring Dennis Kucinich

September 18, 2013

Oh, Lordy.  Some things could never be made up…..

It’s interesting that Fox News sent Kucinich to interview Assad and not, say, their hard news front man Chris Wallace. When President Obama does a round of interviews with six major networks, Wallace gets the call. But Assad talks to Kucinich, and the former congressman has an interesting history with the brutal dictator responsible for over 100,000 deaths in his own country. Kucinich visited Assad in June 2011 and came under fire for apparently supporting the regime just as the civil war was beginning. Kucinich was quoted by Syrian media saying Assad was “highly loved and appreciated by the Syrians,” at a press conference. The then-Congressman claimed the Syrian media misquoted him. At the time, only 1,400 people had died during the conflict. 

A few things of note: the interview came together rather quickly, unlike CBS’s efforts to interview Assad, probably because of Kucinich’s previously established relationship with the Syrian leader. There were also no restrictions put on the questions asked, and it was filmed by a Syrian camera crew. The statement from Fox’s executive vice president of news Michael Clemente, per Politico’s Mike Allen

Michael Clemente, Fox’s executive vice president of news, said in a statement:  “On Saturday, Sept. 7, … Dennis Kucinich advised me that he believed he could secure an interview with … Assad, whom he had met on previous occasions. At the time, it appeared that an American military attack on Syria was imminent, and I decided that Kucinich should pursue the interview, on condition that Fox News journalists would also be included.”

“The interview, shot by agreement by a Syrian camera crew, was conducted with no restrictions on the questions that could be asked. … Greg Palkot, a veteran of Middle East coverage, conducted the interview beside Kucinich … I was present in the control room and studio at the Presidential Palace in Damascus for the duration. Kucinich was not there in the capacity of a journalist nor was he representing Fox News in that role.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2013 11:53 AM

    You will note that it was Dennis Kucinich who was making the comments. This blog, Caffeinated Politics, remains a staunch defender of the Syrian opposition.

  2. Lanny Stricherz permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:38 AM

    You ought to educate yourself a little before you make brash statements, “the brutal dictator responsible for over 100,000 deaths in his own country.”

    As a further reality check supplementary to the TELEGRAPH report on the Jane’s study on the composition and inclinations of the forces fighting the Syrian government which I circulated yesterday, transmitted below is a link to a recent posting by the reliably pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights offering a breakdown of the 110,371 deaths from war-related violence from March 18, 2011 through August 31, 2013 which it deems “documented”.

    The SOHR breaks these deaths down into eight categories, including 2,726 “unidentified” persons. However, the other seven categories can be logically grouped into three categories, producing the following numbers:

    45,649 – Pro-government fighters (regular soldiers and officers, popular defense committees, “Shabiha” and Hezbullah fighters).

    21,850 – Anti-government fighters (rebel fighters, both Syrian and non-Syrian, and defected soldiers and officers).

    40,146 – Civilians (indistinguishable among pro, anti and neutral).

    Particularly in light of the source of these numbers, they should open minds to the possibility that the horrific reality which the Syrian people have been experiencing for the past 30 months might actually be significantly different from the story line propagated by Western and Gulf governments and media.

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