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Covering Al Franken "Would Have Been Fun"

Reported by Ellen - February 14, 2005

On Studio B each day they have a segment called 'Skinner Ville' which is usually a chat between Shepard Smith and Jane Skinner on varying topics.

Thursday's (2/10/05) topic was whether Al Franken was going to run for the Senate in Minnesota. There were several teasers leading up to this segment and at one point Smith said, "You know Al Franken, Bill O'Reilly's big buddy, they're joined at the hip."

Oh, the teasers. As it would be, Jane Skinner said that Al Franken announced on his radio show that he was 'not' running for the Senate in Minnesota. Smith said, "He's not?" Then Skinner went on to say that for such a nice community of people they 'got some' odd politicians as of late. (comment: they 'got' some?) Smith said, "Do you think?"

Skinner went on to mention Jesse Ventura and Mark Dayton. She stated that Mark Dayton got a little bit of attention. She mentioned that he was the one who 'fled'. Smith acknowledged that he knew who he was and stated that Dayton was the one who got the report from the ' ....um...FBI..er.....the Feds that made the Senator think it was too dangerous for his staffers and he bugged out of Washington and closed the place down and that was the end of that." (Shepard Smith speak)

Skinner said that happened in October and she was 'trying' to remember who the report was from.

So Smith told her, "It was from the Feds. That's always the easy way out....that and 'sources say', right?" (comment: or 'some people say, Shepard?)

Skinner ended the report by stating that anyway, he wasn't running, poor us, we won't be able to cover that election campaign. Smith added, "That would have been fun."

Comment: Did the 'nice community of people' in Minnesota know that they had 'odd' politicians of late? (Sounds a little patronizing) Perhaps they said this to include Al Franken? Nah!
It was good to hear Shepard Smith admit that when in doubt he says 'Feds' or 'sources say' (like we didn't know this).

Reported by: Donna (Edited by Ellen)

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