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Fox Says White House Is Stunned By The Allegations Against One Of Their Own

Reported by Donna - November 8, 2005

I almost fell off of my chair when today on Studio B with Shepard Smith, correspondant Greg Kelly said that the White House was stunned by the allegations against one of their own.

He was filing a report on the new ethics classes that all of the White House staff is required to take sometime this week or next week. The classes are also supposed to tell the staff how they are supposed to handle classified material.

Kelly added that the president made this decision with his chief of staff and his White House council, Harriet Miers. After Kelly made the 'stunned' remark he said that the president had run his campaign in 2000 on restoring integrity back to the White House and that this goes to one of his core issues -- integrity.

Kelly further reported that after 5 years the Democrats thought it was a little late for ethics classes, to which Smith quickly replied that refresher courses were not uncommon in the White House or in the corporate world.


Comments: Let's remember that the leak happened in June/July of 2003. Novak's column appeared in July 2003. To think that this wasn't discussed amongst the president and his top White House aides is pretty unbelievable. That Kelly could even deliver this line that the White House was stunned with a straight face is further proof that Fox sticks with this administrations talking points. Fox also pointed out that this decision was made by the president, himself, with his chief of staff and White House council, Harriet Miers, so that we know that the president is on top of this. (wink, wink, nod, nod) And Smith was rather quick in his comeback, sometimes it's hard for me to believe that these segments aren't very scripted.

If Bush ran on a platform of morals and integrity in 2000, why the need for ehtics classes five years later? I find it highly unlikely that the White House was stunned that the allegations were made against one of their own, not after it being talked and written about for 2 years. What are your thoughts?

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