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GrapeWhine Summary - Week of Dec 19

Reported by Nancy - December 27, 2005 -

Over the previous week, as usual, the negative "pickings" on Brit Hume's Grapevine segment of Special Report outweigh the positives, but this time by only about 1.5 to 1. President George W Bush again leads the "positive" pack with 4 separate mentions; there were also separate "positive" mentions of the Bush administration, of the White House, & of the federal government. Only one Democrat (Senator Max Baucus, D-MT) was mentioned positively, because he returned money he had received from indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Most of Fox's usual targets -- "political correctness" (as defined by Fox), former President Bill Clinton, environmentalists, the New York Times, & other major FNC competitors -- made at least one appearance on the "negative" side, but unions 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 :
an unpublished study allegedly reinforcing the myth of the liberal media
Freedom House
President George W Bush (4 times)
President Ronald Reagan
polls showing Bush's approval rating up
CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
death penalty/execution
spying on American citizens without a warrant (twice)
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KA, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair)
War on Terror
a Rasmussen Reports poll
the Bush administration
Cybercast News
the federal government
Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
White House
the Washington Times
Young America's Foundation

Individuals/groups/topics presented negatively :
mainstream media
CBS' Evening News
the New York Times (twice)
the Los Angeles Times
Saddam Hussein
President Bill Clinton (twice)
President Jimmy Carter (twice)
Jamie Gorelick (deputy attorney general in Clinton admin & member of 9/11 Commission)
the Washington Post
Graz (Austria)
Stanley "Tookie" Williams
anti-death penalty protesters
WA state Democrats
Allison Bigelow (owner of "Reefer Magnets")
legalization of marijuana
an unnamed Seattle "activist"
cat lovers
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Bill Keller ( executive editor of The NYTimes)
Arthur Sulzbeerger Jr (publisher of The NYTimes)
James Risen (reporter at The NYTimes)
the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Rep Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL)
Rep Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
cleaner air ("could hasten global warming")
Gregory I Armstrong (a postal worker in suburban DC)
Muslim "sites" in the US
Rep JD Harworth (R-AZ)
lobbyist Jack Abramoff

Comments: Any suggestions from readers about how to summarize the database? I've grouped items loosely into some obvious categories (e.g., political [Dem/GOP], groups & orgs, obscure individuals) but it just seems to produce more lists that don't tell me anything I don't already know. Maybe that really IS the point?

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

NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (anything on the above 2 lists, with emphasis on how/why Special Report felt it merited a mention on the Grapevine). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.