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Guns Don't Shoot People - Vice Presidents Do

Reported by Janie - February 14, 2006

Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley appeared on Dayside yesterday to provide some insight into the Vice President's hunting excursion this weekend - where he shot and wounded a friend. It wasn't the interview that was interesting, it was the series of information the Dayside producers provided in the chyron at the bottom of the screen.

Throughout the segment the chryon read:

"Teddy Roosevelt and Truman liked to hunt"

"Washington and Jefferson enjoyed Fox hunting"

Comment: Is Fox attempting to compare our current Vice President - who shot a man while in office - to four of our greatest presidents merely because he likes to shoot a gun?

"Cheney's not the first VP to shoot somebody"

Comment: They're right - Aaron Burr was the last to shoot someone back in 1804. Burr was also tried on treason charges - maybe they have more in common than we thought!

"Gerald Ford Said to be Dangerous on the Golf Course"

Comment: I wonder how many people Ford shot and wounded with his golf clubs!

These little snippets of information show just how far Fox is willing to go to take the side of the Administration and play apologist for every action, whether legal or illegal. For those not listening to the interview, but simply looking at the screen, it would appear that the Vice President of the United States shooting and wounding a man wasn't such a big deal becasue Gerald Ford was "Dangerous on the Golf Course".

(Hat tip to Ellis Hennican, Fox News Correspondent, for coming up with the line I used in the title of this article while debating yesterday on Dayside)

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