Is this fair and balanced?
The first video is a Fox News excerpt from President Obama’s commencement speech last weekend at West Point.
At about the :47 point in this clip, the president says “we are poised to end our combat mission in Iraq this summer.” What follows on the video are roughly 10 seconds of silence.
On the second video, which shows the entire speech, the part about the combat mission in Iraq comes at about the 10:28 point — and is followed by 10 seconds of applause. Granted, it’s not thunderous applause, but neither is it the silence conveyed in the Fox video.
UPDATE: Funny stuff here:
THIS RIGHT-WING BLOGGER posted a video with the silence where the applause should have been — and foolishly interpreted it as Obama waiting for applause that never came.
But the video subsequently disappeared from the wingnut’s post. Gee, I wonder why.
UPDATE II: I’ve heard the theory that perhaps the Fox News clip includes only the audio of Obama’s remarks and consequently doesn’t pick up the sound of applause from the audience.
If that were true, why would Fox not simply delete the 10 seconds of what seems to be total silence? Could it be that the Foxies wanted to convey the impression that Obama was waiting for applause that never came? After all, that’s what the silence meant to the right-wing blogger mentioned in the UPDATE just above this one.