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Condi Rice Takes Precedence Over God?

Reported by Nancy - November 16, 2005 -

Last night (11/15) on Special Report with Brit Hume, there was the usual political reporting from the usual suspects, but Jennifer Griffin (whom I normally find to be fairly objective) wins some sort of prize for a completely unsubtle segue that credited Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice -- not the Israelis, not the Palestinians, not even God -- with the most recent positive development in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The political reporting segments illustrate the clever misuse of language at which Hume & his cohorts excel (I've added the emphasis):

6:02pm (ET) - Hume said that Senate GOPs "succeeded in turning back an attmept to force" Bush to set a deadline for Iraq withdrawal, to intro a report from Major Garrett that was a pastiche of clips of various Senators: Carl Levin (D-MI), Bill Frist (R-TN),, John Warner (R-VA), Harry Reid (D-NV), Joe Lieberman (D-CT) & Bill Frist (R-TN) again.
Comment: Looks "balanced" -- 3 GOP clips, 3 Dem clips -- until you listen to what they were saying. Lieberman, DINO that he is, spoke & voted against the Dem proposal. So the real tally was 2 clips pro, 4 clips anti.

6:05pm - Hume smirked about "weapons of mass distraction" to intro Jim Angle reporting on questions about pre-war intelligence on Iraq. Angle noted that Bush "struck back at Dems & didn't even both to try for balance, showing clips of Secy of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (quoting Clinton's view of Saddam Hussein in 1998), Frist, & Kit Bond (R-MO). Angle went so far as to play some video clips posted on the RNC website, which showed Sens Hillary Clinton (D-NY) & Evan Bayh (D-IN) making pre-war statements about Iraq. Angle's final contribution was to characterize the questions about pre-war intel as "relentless attacks from the Democrats."
Comment: Again, it looks "balanced" until you realize that the clips of Dems Clinton & Bayh were from 3+ years ago & actually reinforce what they're saying today: that the intelligence made available to them at that point in time was (deliberately?) distorted.

6:07pm - Carl Cameron reported on Bush in Japan, but started with Bush's stop at Elmendorf AFB in AK to "rally the troops." Cameron said that Bush accused Dems of hypocrisy & of "pandering" to "public discontent," while showing plenty of video of Bush, including GW & Laura getting off or on a plane.
Comment: "Public discontent" -- what a nice euphemism for poll numbers down the tubes. And don't even get me started on the use of US military personnel as living props for photo ops.

6:12pm - Jennifer Griffin reported that Secy of State Condoleezza Rice brokered a deal between the Israelis & the Palestinians over control of a checkpoint between Gaza & Egypt ("she wouldn't take no for an answer" during negotiations). Griffin showed 2 long clips of Rice, said that "both sides thanked her" & showed clips from each, ending with Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas. The end of his statement in the clip was "... with the help of God" --to which Griffin archly added "or maybe Condoleezza Rice."
Comment: Pat Robertson & Jerry Falwell will probably want to have a word with Jennifer Griffin.

6:15pm - Bret Baier did his usual channel-the-Pentagon-PR-office report on Operation Steel Curtain, including a clip of Rumsfeld. Baier also mentioned an investigation in Baghdad about more than 170 "detainees" who seemed "malnourished & possibly tortured" as well as two Iraqis who have filed multiple suits against the US & against Rumsfeld & other individuals, alleging torture & abuse, including being put into a cage with lions. He then showed another clip of Rumsfeld. Baier ended by stating firmly that "US troops have never used lions" in interrogations.
Comment: Well, that settles it then. No lions? No torture! Ta-Dah!.

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