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Grapevine Whine - Carping About Jimmy Carter

Reported by Nancy - January 22, 2006 -

Friday night (1/20) on Special Report, Jim Angle substituted as usual for anchor Brit Hume, & as usual, got slim "pickings" for his Grapevine segment. Angle was even reduced to commenting on a howler of a proofreading error in Purdue University's student newspaper. Angle did, however, take the opportunity to slam former President & Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter, with whom Fox seems to have a love/hate relationship.

Here's the "picking" about Carter:

Former President Jimmy Carter says he's encouraged by the participation of Hamas in next week's Palestinian elections because the terrorist organization has political integrity. Carter told CNN that Hamas may consist of "so-called terrorists," but added "there have been no complaints of corruption against [their] elected officials." Carter conceded that some in Hamas "deny Israel's right to exist," but defended the group's legitimacy as a political party.

Comments: Funny how the reactionaries get hysterical as soon as someone starts beating them at their own game. In this case, Hamas has said "you want democratic elections? fine, we'll play by your rules, & we'll win." And they are winning (as far as pre-election polls can predict), so the extremists now have to try to change the rules again, & claim that either Hamas can't become a lefitimate political party, or that the elections they win are somehow tainted. The reactionaries claim they want to "spread democracy" but change their tune when real democracy doesn't turn out to favor them.

Fox trotted out Nobel laureate Carter recently for an interview on a special, "Religion in America: Church & State", about the "role of evangelical Christians in public life." In that interview, Fox was respectful of Carter's publicly professed Christian principles. But Fox attacks Carter whenever those same "Christian" principles" lead him to views that differ from the official Bush administration line (for example, on Gitmo, on human rights, on election reform in the US; & on Venezuela & President Hugo Chavez). Perhaps it was his reference to "complaints of corruption against [their] elected officials" that ruffled GOP feathers & required immediate disparagement.

Bottom line: It gets really boring to listen to Fox be an echo chamber for Israeli propaganda as well as Bush administration propaganda. Oh, wait! I forgot -- they're essentially one & the same.

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

NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (Hume's & Special Report's coverage of Carter; tthis particular "picking"). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.