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Hackapalooza

Reported by Nancy - July 29, 2004 -

This morning's FNL theme was Lori Hacking -- with a couple of blurbs on other stories thrown in randomly. Or perhaps not so randomly, since they did manage to touch on quite a few right-wing "talking points".

When I tuned in at 10:40am (EDT), Brigitte Quinn was in the midst of an interview with someone named Millerwise from the Bush/Cheney campaign, whose last sentences included the words "steady" & "resolve" [Comment: straight from the GOP playbook, no big surprise there].

This was followed by teasers for upcoming stories on Lori Hacking (mention #1) & ricin-poisoned baby food (mention #1).

After an ad break, at 10:43am (EDT), James Rosen informed us that Bush taped new campaign ads in Crawford yesterday [Comment: see? he's not on vacation, he's campaigning!] & that Cheney is on the campaign too [Comment: so neither one of them is actively minding the store, huh?].

This was followed by teasers for upcoming stories on Lori Hacking (#2) & ricin-poisoned baby food (#2). [Comment: I love it when I can just paste in the same stuff, over & over & over ...]

After an ad break, at 10:49am (EDT) Brigitte Quinn interviewed Susan Watters (of "W" magazine) re parties being held in Boston during the DNC. This was gossip, not news, with Watters bedazzled by the fact that she "got into" certain parties, & lists of celebs who were there.

This was followed by teasers for upcoming stories on Lori Hacking (#3) & ricin-poisoned baby food (#3).

After an ad break, at 10:55am (EDT) Stuart Ramsey filed a report about "Sudan troubles". At 10:57 Quinn noted that there are wildfires in Oregon. At 10:58 we were treated to a FOX FLASHBACK of Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at an earlier Dem National Convention.

This was followed by teasers for upcoming stories on Lori Hacking (#4) & ricin-poisoned baby food (#4), as well as the Peterson trial (#1).

At 11:00am (EDT) Steve Brown filed a fairly disjointed report from the DNC in Boston, noting that Edwards spoke last night & had "words of warning" for terrorists, that Kerry is preparing to speak tonight, & that Senator Joe Lieberman will also speak tonight.

At 11:02am (EDT) Adam Housley reported from Salt Lake City about the Lori Hacking case (#5) that there are rumors about what neighbors might or might not have seen or heard, & that police are searching a landfill [Comment: this has been reported endlessly, but it did give FNL yet another chance to show more atmospheric video of big scary machines under searchlights at night].

At 11:04am (EDT) David Lee Miller reported that the Iraqi National Conference has been "postponed", citing the official line that this is merely a "delay" in order to "get more Iraqis involved". [Comment: they'd better hurry up, or there won't be many Iraqis left alive to get involved in anything.]

At 11:07am (EDT) Quinn interviewed Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about Edwards' speech last night. Quinn noted that Edwards' line about having one clear message for terrorists ("we will hunt you down") sounded an awful lot like Bush's line ("you can't run, you can't hide") & asked whether this wasn't hawkish? Feinstein replied that the message is the same, but the tactics are different. Quinn then asked what different steps Kerry would take in the War on Terror [comment: I thought this was about Edwards?]. Feinstein gave a couple of examples -- enlisting allies, not developing new nukes when we're asking others to disarm. Quinn asked for specifics about Iraq & Feinstein said she hasn't seen Kerry's speech but she doesn't think he'll go into specifics, but rather lay out a broader picture.

At 11:11am (EDT) Quinn noted that there is flooding in Denver, which segued into a brief weather report from Janice Dean, mostly about rain in Texas.

This was followed by teasers for upcoming stories on Lori Hacking (#6), ricin-poisoned baby food (#5), & Scott Peterson (#2).

After an ad break, at 11:16am (EDT) Trace Gallagher filed an actual report on the ricin-poisoned baby food (#6) -- except it turns out that it wasn't ricin found in the baby food, it was castor beans (a precursor of ricin), & even Gallagher had to note that medical experts have said that even a tiny baby who ate a whole jar of the contaminated food wouldn't get sick.

This was followed by teasers for upcoming stories on Lori Hacking (#7) & Scott Peterson (#3).

After an ad break, at 11:19am (EDT) Quinn interviewed 2 guys about the Lori Hacking case (#8). [Comment: their names sounded, to me, like "Dean Margwen" & "Harold Kopus" -- but, contrary to FNL's usual practice, they weren't bannered so I can't be sure. It was more speculation, accompanied by still more atmospheric video of big scary machines under searchlights at night].

This was followed by teasers for upcoming stories on Lori Hacking (#9), Scott Peterson (#4) & something from the Pentagon about Iraq.

After an ad break & headlines from Kiran Chetry, at 11:32am (EDT) Kelly Wright filed a report from the DNC, again ostensibly about Edwards' speech last night. Wright first noted that Kerry "desperately" [Comment: key word from GOP playbook] wants his speech to go well tonight. Wright then said that Edwards talked about health care, education, the economy, & showed a clip of Edwards talking about "two Americas", followed immediately by a clip of Rudy Giuliani (from the GOP "Truth Squad" camped out in Boston) saying "I grew up in one America". Wright ended by noting that Kerry is preparing for his speech tonight.

At 11:35am (EDT) Quinn was joined by Bob Sellers, who introduced a segment from Steve Centanni about teachers "turning on unions". According to Centanni, NEA membership is down, while membership in "alternate groups" is up. These alternate groups tend to be more conservative, supporting Bush initiatives like school vouchers & No Child Left Behind. He showed a clip of an unidentified young white man [Comment: presumably from one of these "alternate groups"?] saying that NEA dues are too high, & teachers get angry when they find out that their dues are being used to fund the gay agenda [Comment: neatly tying together several right-wing themes]. Centanni then noted that "this could spell trouble for" Dems because teachers' unions have traditionally been Dem-oriented.

At 11:37am (EDT) Sellers interviewed Eric Luna, Pat Woodward & Bruce Baron about the Lori Hacking case (#10). The emphasis this time was on the "order of secrecy" the police have obtained, but again, it was more speculation, accompanied by still more atmospheric video of big scary machines under searchlights at night.

At 11:41am (EDT) Quinn noted that a woman in Michigan had killed her 5-month-old infant, then herself.

This was followed by a teaser for an upcoming story on Scott Peterson (#5)

After an ad break, at 11:44am (EDT) Brenda Buttner gave her usual glowing "market" report, including her usual plug for Neil Cavuto's show later today.

At 11:46am (EDT) Sellers reported that Francis Crick, who won the Nobel prize for decoding the DNA double helix, had died at age 88. [Comment: Sellers did not note that Crick *shared* that prize with colleagues Watson & Wilkins.]

At 11:47am (EDT) Stan Goldman filed a report about the Scott Peterson case (#6) [Comment: yawn].

This was followed by a teaser for an upcoming story on Lori Hacking (#11).

After an ad break, at 11:53am (EDT) Bret Baier began to file a report from the Pentagon about a suggestion for an Islamic "force" to be in Iraq, but he was interrupted for ...

... BREAKING NEWS at 11:54am (EDT) so Steve Brown could report that John Kerry had arrived at the Fleet Center & was doing a walk-thru of his speech tonight, making sure the podium is the right height, etc. Never one to shy from gratuitous comments, Brown noted that Kerry was dressed informally ("his uniform these days") & that Kerry was "even practicing his gestures" (when it was clear that Kerry was discussing angles for the teleprompter & waving at some people also in the Center).

[General Comment: mentions of Lori Hacking: 11, "ricin-poisoned" baby food: 5; & Scott Peterson: 6. In 80 minutes. Does anyone really think this is "news"?]