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GrapeWhine Summary - Week of Dec 5

Reported by Nancy - December 11, 2005 -

The same themes keep cropping up on the "Grapevine" segment of Special Report. Last week was a bonanza for positive mentions of GOPs, with Bush leading the pack with an impressive 5 positive mentions. Only 2 Dems got positive mentions -- Sens H Clinton (D-NY) & B Obama (D-IL) -- & both of those were because of their alleged support of Bush's "plan" for Iraq. But Brit Hume was "fair & balanced" about Obama: later in the week, Obama got a sneering negative mention because he was nominated for a Grammy. No surprises here, just more data.

Here are 2 lists summarizing the past week's episodes of the "Grapevine" segment on Special Report.

Individuals/groups/topics presented positively :
General Casey (cmdr in Iraq)
Pres George W Bush (5 times)
the Washington Times
Rep Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
Sen Barack Obama (D-IL)
Sen Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
the New York Daily News
RNC Chair Ken Mehlman (twice)
Rush Limbaugh (twice)
Secy of State Condoleezza Rice
FL Gov Jeb Bush (GOP)
Arutz Sheva (a "conservative Israeli news service")
Judge Samuel Alito (Supreme Court nominee)
Hugh Hewitt ("conservative radio host")

Individuals/groups/topics presented negatively :
Sen John Kerry (D-MA) (twice)
CBS’ “Face the Nation,” (twice)
LA Gov Kathleen Blanco (Dem)
Sen Harry Reid (D-NV)
The Democratic National Committee
Rep John Murtha (D-PA) (twice)
DNC lawyers
megachurches near Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, & Detroit
DNC Chair Howard Dean (twice)
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Anti-war activists
Code Pink
Saddam Hussein
Ramsey Clark (Hussein's defense attorney & former US attorney general)
David Wade (Kerry spokesman)
Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany)
Khaled el-Masri (German citizen who filed a lawsuit alleging torture by his US "captors")
Cuban Pres Fidel Castro
Iranian Pres Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (twice)
The United Nations (twice)
the Palestinians
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
Steve Henderson (Knight Ridder reporter)
former Pres Bill Clinton
Kyoto Protocol
former VP Al Gore
United Food and Commercial Workers Union
Sen Barack Obama (D-IL)
Grammy nominees (Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Sean Penn, Al Franken, Garrison Keillor, & George Carlin)

Comments: Nn comments necessary. Each list speaks for itself.

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NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (the pattern on the "pickings" on the Grapevine last week). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.