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    20 February 2005

    Brit Hume must resign

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    Brit Hume is the prime time anchor of FOX News channels Special Report with Brit Hume. He is no less that a right-wing spin mister and a shill for the Republican Party. That is the way it is, Fox is Fox. But when a reporter address the public on live TV and lies, when he distorts the truth for political gain while guised as a reporter then he must be disposed of. When the lie is a misquote of a President of the United States, then the argument is strengthened.

    On 3 February 2005 former Reagan administration official William J. Bennett and FOX News managing editor and anchor Brit Hume falsely claimed that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt advocated replacing Social Security with private accounts. On FOX News' Hannity & Colmes, Bennett claimed that "Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the guy who established Social Security, said that it would be good to have it replaced by private investment over time. Private investment would be the way to really carry this thing through."

    Later on FOX Hume continued that propaganda:

    HUME: In a written statement to Congress in 1935, Roosevelt said that any Social Security plans should include, quote, "Voluntary contributory annuities, by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age," adding that government funding, quote, "ought to ultimately be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans."

    What FDR outlined in his 1935 statement was more like this (via the Social Security Administration):

    1) "Non-contributory old-age pensions for those who are now too old to build up their own insurance"

    2) "Compulsory contributory annuities which in time will establish a self-supporting system for those now young and for future generations"

    3) "Voluntary contributory annuities by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age."

    In other words (the words of Kevin Drum):

    #1 (a temporary program for people who were already retired at the time) would eventually be phased out and replaced by [#2].

    #2, which is the permanent Social Security system we have today.

    #3, which FDR didn't care much about in the first place, never even got enacted in the final bill that created Social Security.

    As you can see from Bennett and Hume's quotes they merge the points (#2 and #3) together and make it sound as if FDR envisioned #3 replacing #2, which is not the case, and I think Hume knew that.

    This isn't about lift-wing or right-wing, privatization or not. This is about propaganda; governments are to be expected to use propaganda, Republicans or Democrats alike. It is the responsibility of the press to debunk it as such. But when the press is willfully disseminating misinformation in order to guide an ideology then they should at the very least apologize or step down.

    Please sign the petition and take action>>>

    Petition:

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/BritMustResign

    Contact Hume:

    brit.hume@foxnews.com

    FOX News Channel
    1-888-369-4762
    Comments@foxnews.com
    1211 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10036

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