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Reported by Nancy - February 25, 2005 -

Today (2/25) on FNL, Page Hopkins was in for Brigitte Quinn & soon made a very revealing slip of the tongue, showing just how closely Fox identifies with the GOP.

Hopkins read teasers at 11:19am (all times ET), including: HClinton - "is America ready for a woman president?"

Then at 11:23am, Hopkins noted HClinton has recently visited Germany & Iraq, & is planning to go to India. Hopkins asked if Clinton is "trying to polish" her resume for a "White House run". FNL ran lower-third graphics with variations of this question throughout the subsequent interview. Hopkins then interviewed Nina Easton (Boston Globe), Fred Decker (NY Post) & Prof Stephen Cohen (Columbia Univ). The interview was mildly interesting but brought no new info or insights to viewers. Easton said Clinton was trying to position herself as a "centrist" & Cohen disagreed, saying that both Clintons had always been "centrists". There were a couple of polls mentioned & one poll shown, which indicate that 60-80% of US citizens say a woman should be president (Decker said that maybe this means 20% of US citizens think a man *shouldn't* be president). Hopkins quickly lost control, & the interview degenerated into a dorm-room chat. Hopkins almost as quickly forgot herself & asked, "What about if we throw out another woman to run against her?"

General Comments: WE? Who's the royal "we" here? Aside from Hopkins being unprofessional & inserting herself into the process, is she so used to shilling for GOPs that she forgot she was on air?

Throughout, Hopkins referred to Clinton merely by first name. Even Quinn & Asman are *usually* careful to use honorifcs like "Senator" or "Ambassador" where appropriate (they occasionally slip, but they do try to be at least outwardly respectful). Can you imagine anyone at FNC calling Sen Bill Frist just "Bill"?

And Hopkins didn't mention that the NYPost is, like FNC, owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp.

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