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Special Report Changes the Subject

Reported by Nancy - January 20, 2006 -

Wednesday night (1/18) on Special Report, Steve Brown filed a report about GOP political infighting in Ohio over the status of Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) who had stepped down (temporarily & under pressure) as chair of the House Administration Committee earlier in the week. Bob Bennett, the chair of the Ohio GOP, had said that if Ney were to be indicted as a result of the Abramoff investigation, then Ney should leave Congress so the party could choose another candidate for the 2006 election. I found it interesting that Special Report chose to cover this aspect of the burgeoning Ney scandal, since Ney has largely been off their radar altogether.

Brown's report was straightforward & informative, although ii skimped on any background info. It took 2 minutes & included clips of both Bennett (twice) & Ney (saying he'll ultimately be cleared), as well as several other Ohioans. Bennett said, "If Bob Ney is indicted, that's a very serious charge. We would ask him to step down on that basis." Bennett also said the Ohio GOP would find a candidate to oppose Ney in the primary if he were indicted but refused to step down.

Comments: Kudos to Brown for actually using the phrase "convicted felon Jack Abramoff" -- Hume tends to prefer euphemisms like "disgraced lobbyist." Knowing Fox as well as I do, I can't help but wonder if this isn't an opening salvo in a campaign of damage control for any revelations made by Abramoff in accordance with his plea deal.

It looks like Bob Bennett got the message, though: he's already backed off his earlier statement.

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

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