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GrapeWhine Summary - Week of Nov 28

Reported by Nancy - December 4, 2005 -

Just two weeks' worth of summarizing the little "pickings" that appear on the Grapevine segment of Special Report begins to confirm some easily-predictable patterns. Not only are certain individuals, groups & topics repeatedly presented in either negative or positive light, but recurrent Foxian themes begin to emerge. This past week, for example, tidbits on the vine were used to target MoveOn.org, prominent Democrats & some of Fox's major competitors.

Here are 2 lists summarizing the past week's episodes of the "Grapevine" segment on Special Report (for the previous week's summary, click here):.

Individuals/groups/topics presented positively :
retail sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving
Rep Dennis Haster (R-IL)
Jack Abramoff's "clients" [because they weren't labelled "special interest groups"]
Donald Rumsfeld
MEMRI [Middle East Media Research Institute]
Dominique de Villepin
George W Bush
Sen Joe Lieberman (D-CT) [DINO; on Wed]
the Pentagon
Cybercast News Service
Sen Joe Lieberman (D-CT) [DINO; on Thu]
the FBI
crosses as public memorials

Individuals/groups/topics presented negatively :
New York Times
Cindy Sheehan
Rep John Murtha (D-PA) [on Mon]
Sen John Kerry (D-MA) [on Mon]
CNN
Sen Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
Larry Wilkerson [chief of staff to then-Secy of State Colin Powell]
Al Jazeera
France
Sen John Kerry (D-MA) [on Wed]
Rep John Murtha (D-OH) [on Wed]
"major media," specifically naming ABC, CBS, NBC, the Washington Post, New York Times, & USA Today
Christian Peacemaker Teams
liberal activists
MoveOn.org [on Wed]
anti-war ads
Saddam Hussein
MoveOn.org [on Thu]
Hugo Chavez
Massachusetts [on Fri]
Thomas Esposito [fake Dem candidate for WV's House of Delegates]
Pakistan
Jamaat-e-Islami
atheists
Rev Al Sharpton (Dem, former Presidential candidate)

Comments: The preponderance of negative reports (roughtly 2:1 both last week & the week before) must contribute to viewers' feelings that the world is a big old, mean old, nasty place full of horrible people who are just waiting to "get" them, & it might go a long way towards explainng why FoxFans who write to us are so angry & miserable. Stay tuned as I accumulate these every week.

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: special@foxnews.com


NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (patterns on the Grapevine segment of Special Report). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.