Foxnews.com, please define "captured." Or, why are patriotic school kids the enemy?

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Check out this demented, train-wreck headline and sub-head:

Elementary School Students Reportedly Taught Songs Praising President Obama: Nearly 20 young children are captured in an online video as they sing songs that overflow with campaign slogans and praise for "Barack Hussein Obama," as they repeatedly chant the president's name and celebrate his accomplishments.

Yes, it's funny in a depressing kind of way if you simply remove Obama's name from the headline and read the hysterical report which sounds alarms because small American school children are singing the praise of the American president.

Hmm, I'm sorry, but wouldn't the pseudo-scandal be if they were singing the praise of another country's president? But in the loopy world or right-wing media, it's disgusting and disgraceful that kids today honor the President of the United States.

Welcome to Bizarro World, where patriotic school kids are now the enemy.

But back to this "captured" nonsense, which Foxnews.com uses in its headline in a desperate attempt to attach some drama to a story about kids singing nice things about the president. (Again, the angle is...what?) Captured. It has such a awesome, gotcha feel to it. Like, these elementary school were trying to pull a fast one but the news hounds at Fox busted them good!

Captured.

The comedy is that by "captured," Fox actually means some parent/teacher taped the kids and put it on YouTube, like four months ago. But that sounds so lame and boring. And where's the hysteria in that narrative?

So in the hands of Fox, the kids have been captured. That'll teach `em!!

UPDATED: Love the "nearly 20" phrase in the headline as well. Nobody at Foxnews.com can, y'know, actually count the kids in the clip, so they go with the more ominous sound "nearly 20." Brilliant!

Scoop: The magic number of "captured" kids is 18.

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