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GrapeWhine Summary - Week of Dec 12

Reported by Nancy - December 19, 2005 -

If Brit Hume's Grapevine "pickings" are any indication, it's no wonder FoxFans are such a miserable, whiny bunch. Over the past week, as usual, the negatives outweigh the positives, by nearly 2 to 1. President George W Bush again leads the "positive" pack with 2 separate mentions. Only 2 Dems were mentioned positively, because they don't oppose Bush's nomination of C Boyden Gray as US Ambassador to the European Union. Most of Fox's usual targets -- unions, France, environmentalists, Syria, the New York Times, & MoveOn -- made at least one appearance on the "negative" side, but teachers were curiously absent. No surprises, 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 :
Iraq poll by the BBC
Middle East Media Research Institute
Bob Woodward
Former FEMA director Michael Brown
Sen Mel Martinez (R-FL)
C Boyden Gray
Sen Ken Salazar (D-CO)
Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL)
President George W Bush (twice)
Bush's Social Security agenda
Progress for America
David Wilkins (US Ambassador to Canada)
the WA GOP Party
Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon (former head of Israel's's military)
the New York Sun
the "Jesus Christ Dancers" (Chula Vista, CA)
McDonald's (for a sign reading "Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season.")
Don Evans (former Commerce secretary)
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Individuals/groups/topics presented negatively :
New York Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger
The New York Times & gays (the most gay-friendly institution in America)
New York state
New York City
doctors in New York City
The UN
Syria (twice)
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad
Assad's brother-in-law
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Saudi Arabia
the Washington Post
Howard Fineman (Newsweek's chief political correspondent)
LA Governor Kathleen Blanco
Senate Democrats
Sen Bill Frist (R-TN)
Liberal activists
"big labor"
AFSCME (American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees).
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin
the WA Dem Party
Sen John Kerry (D-MA)
Howard Dean (Democratic National Committee chair)
Saddam Hussein
the Australian Conservation Foundation
an unnamed Jewish woman in Raleigh, NC
Nova Iguacu, Brazil

Comments: Again, no surprises. But my database is getting really unwieldy.

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

NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (anyone or anything on the above lists). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.