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Slim Pickin's

Reported by Nancy - August 8, 2005 -

Brit Hume does a regular segment called "The Grapevine" halfway through Special Report. This is typically 4 short "items" that start out with a mildly interesting fact, to which Hume adds an editorial sneer, sarcastic comment or attempted "quirky" twist. The format is essneitally the same even when there's a substitue anchor. Hume bills it as "fresh pickings from the political grapevine ". In reality, it's got little to do with politics & everything to do with Fox's agenda of relentless attacks on anyone & everyone perceived to be an "enemy".

Here, in reverse chronological order, are the "pickings" from the past week:

Fri Aug 5
1-The NYTimes, for asking about SCOTUS nominee JRoberts's children's adoption records
2-"Anti-war British lawmaker" George Galloway, for saying Blair & Bush have blood on their hands
3-The Anti-Defamation League, for criticizing James Dobson (Focus on the Family) over his comparison of embryonic stem cell research to Nazi medical experiments
4-A male nurse who is suing his former hospital for sexual harassment -- i.e. constant complaints that "men are jerks" & "men are idiots" were "more than he could take." Hume's flip comment: "Hey, there are a lot of men who could sue over that."

Thu Aug 4
1-The NYTimes, for asking about SCOTUS nominee JRoberts's children's adoption records
2-The NYTimes, for issuing a correction about misquoting someone from the "Discovery Institute" [right-wing org that promotes "intelligent design"]
3-The NY Civil Liberties Union, for suing NYC & the NYPD over random searches of subway riders
4-AL Gov Bob Riley (GOP), for signing a bill that prohibits governments from taking land under eminent domain & giving it to private developers (a "property rights revolt") [the Washington Times was credited as the source]

Wed Aug 3
1-America Coming Together ("funded by billionaire George Soros"), for "now coming apart."
2-The WaPo, for being critical of Bush's vacations because "when Bill Clinton was president, the Post seemed worried he wasn't getting *enough* rest
3-The relatives of 7 Latin American illegal aliens who suffocated inside a trailer after being smuggled into the US, for suing the trailer's maker, the truck driver, & the company that leased him the truck.
4-North Korean media, for reporting that Pres Kim Jong Il pilots jet fighters, writes operas, produces movies & got 11 holes-in-one in his first round of golf.

Tue Aug 2
1-Sen Ted Kennedy (D-MA), for calling the recess appointment of JBolton as UN ambassador a "devious maneuver" because 6 years ago (when GOPs were blocking Clinton's nominees & "warning against" recess appts) Kennedy was critical of those GOPs
2-The AP, for calling Bolton's recess appt an "in-your-face" & "confrontational" move; also for relying "heavily" on quotes from Robert Boorstin (NSC aide in Clinton admin) & Sen Harry Reid (D-VA) & only quoting Sen George Allen (R-VA) "in passing."
3-Dems, for saying it's unfair that Bush is so fit, since he's forced schools to roll back phys ed programs with cuts in education funding. According to Hume, the DNC said, "[Bush's] personal habits indicate that physical fitness is not just fun & games for him. Don't our kids deserve the same opportunities to be physically fit?"
4-Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia, for saying that Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza will lead to a Palestinian takeover of Jerusalem.

Mon Aug 1
1- The NYTimes, for breaking the story that Sen Bill Frist (R-TN) would "go against President Bush" & support expanding federally funded stem cell research, but getting no reaction in the Senate & only "positive" reactions elsewhere,
2-NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (Dem-NYC), for urging authorities to start using racial profiling.
3-Venezuelan Pres Hugo Chavez, for calling CAFTA "perverse" & saying Congress approved CAFTA only because Bush bribed & blackmailed them. Hume said that CAFTA "is already under attack from enemies down there [Central America]"
4-"The Reporter", a newspaper in Fond du Lac, WI, for getting a quote from an FBI agent wrong. Apparently the agent said a local Pakistani man was an "applauder" of the 9/11 attacks & the paper printed that he was "believed to be one of the plotters" of the 9/11 attacks. Hume's comment: "Oops."

General comments: Of the "items" included in last week's Grapevine, Hume was critical of
the NYTimes - (x 4)
George Galloway
the ADL
sexual harassment lawsuits
the NY Civil Liberties Union
America Coming Together
George Soros
The WaPo
wrongful death civil suits
North Korean media
Sen Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
The AP
the DNC
Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia
Venezuelan Pres Hugo Chavez
a newspaper in Fond du Lac, WI

On the other hand, Hume approved of:
Dobson's "Nazi" comparison
random searches on subways (x 2)
the Discovery Institute
AL Gov Bob Riley (GOP)
the Washington Times [as the source for the Riley tidbit]
NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (Dem-NYC) [it should be noted that Hikind is, politically, about as "liberal" as Ariel Sharon]
racial profiling

Gee, do ya think there's a pattern here?

NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (Hume's, & Fox's, favorite targets in the "Grapevine"). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.