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Harris Faulkner Carries Water For The Bush Administration Again and Again

Reported by Ellen - February 3, 2006

Last week, I posted about FOX newscaster Harris Faulkner doing President Bush's bidding by calling his domestic spying "terrorist surveillance" just hours after Bush suggested that's what it should be called. Tonight on Hannity & Colmes, Faulker proved two more times that reporting the news may be less important than spinning it for Bush.

In a brief newsbreak during the show, Faulkner reported, "President Bush signing into law a five-week extension of the Patriot Act… The extra time is meant to give lawmakers a chance to review the act. They want to make sure it protects Americans without violating their civil liberties." In fact, the reason for the extension is because a bi-partisan group of senators wants a modest increase in civil liberties that the White House refused to grant. There is no need for more time to review it. The senators have been negotiating with the Bush Administration since before Christmas.

During a later news break, Faulkner said, “Vice President Cheney’s former Chief of Staff, Lewis Libby, will have to wait (my emphasis) some time before the start of his trial in the CIA leak case.” Faulkner's attempt to paint Libby as anxious to go trial is laughable given that it was his own lawyer who claimed that a "scheduling conflict" prevented the trial from going forward in September, as the judge wanted, until after the mid-term elections.

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