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Double Play

Reported by Nancy - February 11, 2005 -

On Wed 2/9, Brit Hume devoted his one-on-one interview segment to Major Garrett & his book "The Enduring Revolution: How the Contract with America Continues to Shape the Nation" (Crown/Random House, Feb 2005). For Fox, this was a two-fer: the obvious self-promotion & the obligatory Clinton-bashing.

Hume did ask one decent question -- pointing out that some of the original legislators who signed the CWA didn't keep their promise to observe term limits. Garrett countered that "12 out of 70" isn't bad, & they quickly moved on to other topics in the book.

To give you an idea of how the interview went, here's a piece from an undated "review" at the National Review -- which turns out to be a reprint of the blurb from the publisher, Crown (Random House):

Major Garrett reveals:
* How both George W. Bush and John Kerry built much of their 2004 presidential campaigns around the Contract with America
* How conservatives angered by the recent growth of the federal government have overlooked critical Republican victories on spending
* How Bill Clinton's alleged great achievements, welfare reform and a balanced budget, resulted directly from the Contract with America - and actually reflected his weakness as a leader
* How the Republican majority made the 2003 Iraq invasion possible years before our military campaign began
* How our intelligence community's problems in the War on Terror would have been much worse if there been no Republican Revolution

Comments: Note that neither this blurb nor Hume's interview mentioned such uncomfortable facts as the increase in the size & scope of the federal govt. All the above "items" -- like making the Iraq war possible -- were treated as good things, to be admired. If you had been asleep for the past 10 years or so & just woke up & watched this interview, you'd think that the CWA, & only the CWA, was responsible for anything & everything good that has happened over the past decade.

Among other blurbs for the book from the usual suspects (Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, Haley Barbour, Charles Krauthammer) was this gem:

"A terrific read. The inside story of the government shutdown of 1995 alone is worth the price of the book." -- Brit Hume, Fox News Channel

Anyone want guesstimate how long it will be before Hume spends this segment interviewing a progressive (sorry, but I've already got dibs on "when hell freezes over")?