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Let's Tidy Up That Little 'Spying On Americans' Problem

Reported by Donna - February 27, 2006

What better way to get rid of an issue but to sum it up tidily and put it away for good than broadcasting the Bush Administration's line on Fox? Today Shepard Smith talked briefly about the NSA wiretap issue of spying on Americans and concluded that for the Democrats to want to prove that the wiretaps are illegal would "be quite a task."

Shepard Smith started the brief segment under the banner, 'Dem Lawmakers Call For Special Counsel To Probe NSA Wiretaps.'

Smith: More than a dozen House Democrats are asking President Bush for a Special Counsel to investigate the National Security Agency's surveillance program. In a letter to the president the lawmakers say that they're getting excuses instead of answers and that they wanted the executive branch to prove that the wiretaps are legal. Again, prove (his emphasis) that the wiretaps are legal. That would be quite a task. The president says that it's a legal terrorist surveillence program that Congress granted him the power to carry out after the attacks of 9/11.

At the half hour newsbreak of Studio B, Jane Skinner addressed the president's reply under the banner, "White House Rejects Special Counsel On NSA Wiretapping.'

Skinner: President Bush is rejecting calls for a Special Counsel to investigate the NSA wiretaps. House Democrats want to look into the legality of the program. The White House said the lawmakers should focus on finding the person who leaked the classified information to the public.

Comments: See, all taken care of - so tidy. No need for a Special Counsel, and after all, to prove that they are illegal would be "quite a task" as Shepard Smith said. He acted like it was incredulous to believe that the Democrats wanted the president to prove it was legal. Note the final wording in Skinner's statement about how the White House said that Congress should focus on the leaker rather than whether spying on Americans was legal. Ahhh, blaming the messenger seems to always work for the Bush Administration and Fox News.

It would have been nice to see an indepth account of this issue. For instance they could have interviewed some of the Democrats involved with the letter. But, that might make them appear fair and balanced, as if either really exists. But it was taken care of the Bush/Fox way, neat and tidy and with the president taking care of those pesky Democrats. How dare they question the president? They should be looking for the leaker.

I love how 9/11 has given President Bush carte blanche to ride amok over our civil liberties.

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