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Fox does pre-emptive smear on Bolton accuser

Reported by Chrish - April 22, 2005

On Special Report 4/21/05 Brit Hume framed the ensuing segment on the controversey surrounding Bush nominatee John Bolton like this:
"...the Senate Foreign Relations Committee continued to weigh evidence either that Bolton is a bully and a hothead, or that he's simply a strong advocate for the president's foreign policy in the face of an entrenched and resistant State Dept. bureacracy." Guess which party goes with which frame.

Major Garrett reported on the White House's stand behind Bolton, saying Bush took on critics who said Bolton is too hot-tempered. Video was shown of Bush saying Bolton is the right man at the right time (very clever, riffing on his assessment of Kerry as the wrong man at the wrong time last election season). No denial of temper was voiced.

Garrett also reported on former Ambassador Thomas Hubbard's opposition to Bolton's nomination, saying Bolton berated him and that he feared Bolton's language in a 2003 speech would undermine diplomacy in Asia. It was noted that Colin Powell "embraced" Bolton's speech, quoting a memo that said it "was fully cleared ...consistent with policy...and as such, was official." However, the Washington Post reports that Powell is less than enthusiastic about the Bolton nomination.

Garrett then says "as to another charge that eleven years ago Bolton harrassed Melody Townsel, an employee hired by a State Dept. sub-contractor in Kurdistan, the president of the company in charge of the project told Fox he never heard of any issues or had problems with Bolton. He said, however, there were problems with Townsel and the Agency for International Development, or AID."

Clip of "Townsel's Fmr Employer", Jayant Kalotra: "Our concerns were that she was not having the right management skills, and much more she did not have the right idea what was permissible under AID, rules and regulations."

Major Garrett said he spoke with Townsel by phone and she first denied any allegations of financial impropriety and more importantly said she is negotiating an appearance before the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Comment: Fox is performing a pre-emptive strike on this woman's credibility before she appears in front of the committee. They will discredit her without addressing the pertinent issues and dismiss her as unreliable. The echo-chamber will pick it up and another administration detractor will be vanquished.

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