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Grapevine Whine - Backfire on the Alito Bandwagon

Reported by Nancy - January 10, 2006 -

With the opening Monday (1/9) of the Senate confirmation hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, FNC swung into full battle mode, with nearly every program hosting talking-head guests promoting his appointment. Special Report was no exception, & anchor Brit Hume even used the lead "picking" on his Grapevine segment in a double-whammy attempt: an attack on Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), one of his favorite targets, & am umsubtle plug to confirm Alito. Unfortunately for Hume, he was guilty of the same lapse (failure to disclose) for which he criticized Kennedy.

At 6:27pm (ET) Hume read a teaser: "Senator Kennedy had a deeper interest than he disclosed in a study he cited" during the Alito hearing today.

Following an ad break & headlines, Hume read "picking" #1:

In Monday's hearings, Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy expressed concern over an academic study which he said showed that Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito ruled against individual rights in 84% of his dissents, arguing that "average Americans have had a hard time getting a fair shake" in Alito's courtroom. National Review reports, however, that Kennedy himself commissioned the study by liberal University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein. What Kennedy did not mention is that in addition to his statistical conclusions, Professor Sunstein also found that Judge Alito's opinions "are carefully reasoned, well-done, attentive to law, lawyerly, & unfailingly respectful to his colleagues," adding, "the law, fairly interpreted, could well be taken to support" Alito's view.

Comments: Ya gotta love the Hume-pot calling the Kennedy-kettle black. FNC in general, & Hume in particular, rarely "disclose" pertinent information about their "sources" (see, for example, Another Iffy Source, or Thanks for the MEMRI, or our entire Fox News Tentacles category),

On rhis same program, Hume used the Weekly Standard as a source for "picking" #2 without disclosing that it is also owned by News Corp, FNC's parent corporation.

The National Review article that Hume references in this "picking" was written by Byron York, occasional FNC talking head.who is also NR's White House correspondent & author of The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of How Democratic Operatives, Eccentric Billionaires, Liberal Activists, and Assorted Celebrities Tried to Bring Down a President — and Why They'll Try Even Harder Next Time. That catchy title ought to tell you all you need to know about York, but for more info see our posts related to his appearances on FNC to promote this book, as well as our review of the book itself.

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

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