Earlier today, we noted how Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy falsely suggested that it is “misinformation” and “not true” that Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle wants to “get rid of Social Security” -- in fact, that's exactly what Angle wants to do, according to her own website and Fox's own prior reporting.
We're not the only ones who noticed the whitewashing Angle received on Fox. Politico's Ben Smith highlights comments by Nevada journalist Jon Ralston:
U.S. Senate hopeful Sharron Angle said that during an astonishing interview on “Fox and Friends” this morning in which the hosts claimed she is a political newcomer (not so) and was endorsed by Sarah Palin (not so).
The interview climaxed with Steve Doocy saying to her, “Perhaps it's a misinformation or mischaracterization but some have said you are out to get rid of Social Security. That's not true, right?”
Angle: “Well, that's nonsense. I have always said we need to make the lockbox a lockbox, put the money in there for our senior citizens. They came here in good faith paying into a system and Harry Reid has put an IOU in for 24 years. He has been raiding Social Security. What we need to do is personalize Social Security so the government can no longer raid it.”
That's quite the different spin from Angle after her past comments about privatization --and her onetime view that Social Security is “hard to justify.” (Of course, Reid is going to have to justify his policies on Social Security, but Angle clearly has been told to massage (no, not the Scientology massages) her position for popular consumption.)
Follow-up? Don't be silly....