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Monday Morning Blues

Reported by Chrish - February 27, 2006

On Fox News Live this morning the 9AM hour opened with newsperson John Scott, stating that the deal to turn over the port operations was on delay. He added that Bush says that the delay will quell the “misplaced” uproar and that it is unfair to treat an Arab company (comment: Arab country) differently from a British company. (Comment: the British were not in any way connected to 9-11).

And then who appears, with his characteristic smarmy smile, but Fox fave Bill Kristol who said that the 45 day period will allows the critics to calm down. He then verbalized the White House talking point about how “we can’t discriminate against this compan.” and that the UAE was a good ally . According to Kristol, we are “fighting a global war and need to treat decent governments well.” (Comment: right, a government that recognized the Taliban and doesn’t recognize Israel). He did say that Bush was losing the PR war, at least for now. Scott then asked if the “media is out to embarrass Bush” to which Kristol responded that the media is “shameless” with it’s “screaming headlines” and “anti-Arab demagoguery.” He then made a little Freudian slip and said “no country – no company” should be treated the way this company is being treated.

Democrat Bob Beckel and Sandy Rios (from the Culture Campaign, a put-(my)-religion-in-government outfit) discussed the port operations transfer and actually agreed that it was a bad idea. Scott asked about the “prejudice” of the opponents and how this could seem like we are “mistreating and pulling the rug out from allies.” As Sandy was elucidating the reasons why she opposed the deal, there was a side bar with “facts” about the UAE’s support of the US war on terror to counter for the viewer what was beng said, promoting the White House agenda. Beckel, typically weak, did say that if the 45 day investigation didn’t come up anything, he could support the deal.

NOTE: GUEST blogged by Priscilla

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