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Saturday, October 1, 2005
Misquoting Broussard -- Again
Topic: Newsmax
As part of attacking Jefferson Parish president Aaron Broussard as a phony for emotional comments he made in relation to Hurricane Katrina on NBC's "Meet the Press," an Oct. 1 NewsMax column by Humberto Fontova heavily distorts comments Broussard made in a return appearance on "Meet the Press":

Tim Russert had Broussard on again on September 24 and actually – but very politely – brought up the touchy nursing home story matter, hinting at obvious embellishments if nothing more serious.

"What kind of sick mind ... what kind of black-hearted people want to nitpick a man's mother's death!" Broussard teared up again. "Get out of my face!" Now he broke down again. "Get out of my face!"

By selectively citing only Broussard's most emotional comments, Fontova leaves out a lot of context, as the full video of Broussard's remarks demonstrates. Broussard did not tell Russert to "get out of my face," nor did he "tear up" or "break down" as he said it. Fontova also fails to note that Broussard did admit that the story of the death of the mother of his parish's emergency operations director (the one with the "obvious embellishments" Fontova notes) was how he understood it at the time.

Fontova isn't the first NewsMax writer to misquote Broussard; editor Christopher Ruddy, attempmting to paint Broussard as a greedy incompetent, misquoted Broussard's statement "'or God's sake, just shut up and send us somebody" as "just shut up and send us the money!" It was changed to the correct quote after ConWebBlog exposed the misquote.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:56 AM EDT

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