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DeLay-ing the Inevitable?

Reported by Nancy - April 8, 2005 -

Yesterday (4/7) on FNL, David Asman & FNL continued to try to bash the NYTimes -- but only when they could squeeze that in among the usual fear-mongering (teen terror/suicide plot! mugging! avalanche!) & all the self-promotion for FNC's upcoming wall-to-wall coverage of the wedding of Prince Charles & Camilla Parker-Bowles, which should be very useful as they continue to try to distract viewers from any consideration of Tom DeLay's ongoing & mounting ethics problems. And there was yet another installment of the inanity known as the "Asman Observer".

At 12:15pm (ET) Asman interviewed former Senator Al D'Amato (R-NY), ostensibly about topics related to the Pope (his death, his funeral, his replacement). But Asman led off with a bash at the NYTimes, saying they "kinda pooh-poohed the whole thing" which opened the door for D'Amato, who laughed & called the NYT "ultraliberal" & its owners a "sick family."
Comment: Another example of a classic Fox ploy -- let your guest make the nasty, crude remarks, & make sure you pick a guest like Senator Pothole who will gladly do the dirty work.

At 12:58pm (ET) Asman did his "Observer" segment, saying that politicians are "spending way too much of all of our money" & going on to bash freshman Rep Charles Melancon (D-LA), for his ties to the sugar industry as he serves on the Agriculture Committee. The "hook" for Asman was that Melancon was named "porker of the month" by Citizens Against Govt Waste (CAGW). And, since his topic was allegedly money, Asman ended with a plug for Forbes on Fox.

Comment: Let's do a little of the research Asman never does. The press release from CAGW, dated MARCH 7 (exactly one month before Asman included this tidbit on Fox's alleged "hard news" program), opened with this paragraph:


Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named freshman Louisiana Rep. Charles ?Charlie? Melancon (D-La.) Porker of the Month for March for fighting the President?s proposed budget cuts, opposing the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and bringing home the bacon for his district. Rep. Melancon belittled the President?s attempts at deficit reduction, calling $15 billion in farm subsidies a ?miniscule? part of the federal budget.

CAGW describes itself as "a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government." There are endorsements from GOPs, such as former Sen Bob Dole (R-KA) & Rep Christopher Cox (R-CA) ("CAGW has fought side-by-side with us for welfare reform and massive cuts in wasteful spending to shrink the size of government and the deficit.").

CAGW doesn't explain why "bringing home the bacon" by a member of Congress, or opposition to CAFTA, are automatically "bad" things. And they have given the "Porker of the Month" award to GOPs more than once over the past year (e.g., Jan 2005 - House Republican Conference; Sept 2004 - Reps Bill Young (R-FL) & Ralph Regula (R-OH) ) so let's see if Asman will gleefully report this award the next time it goes to a GOP.

ADDENDUM, 04/13/05 at 01:05am (ET): David Asman has informed us that, last October, he did an "Observer" segment noting that the "Porker of the Month" award went to the two Senators from Montana, Max Baucus (D) & Conrad Burns (R). I'm glad to see this evidence of his impartiality, & hope we don't have to wait another 6 months for a similar "Observer."