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Republicans/FOX can't get enough of Cynthia McKinney

Reported by Chrish - April 5, 2006

Yesterday FOX News' Big Story was Cynthia McKinney's run in with Capitol Police, bumping indicted Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX) out of the top spot. Today 4/5/06 her story didn't appear until half-way through the show after numerous teasers, but during the second half there were four "FOX News Alerts" related to her situation.

The first one at 5:38ET announced that a grand jury has been convened to look at the evidence in her case. A full re-cap of the matter was read by Gibson.

The second one, at 5:43, repeated that a grand jury has been convened and that there is a witness, a staffer from the office of Sam Farr (D-CA). A constitutional attorney, Jim O'Dea, was available on the phone and commented on the case and the unusual circumstance of the convening; normally a misdimeanor such as this would be handled by the prosecutor.

At 5:49 there was a teaser repeating the info from the 5:43 FNA, and then at 5:50, after a commercial, there was another FOX News Alert, again rehashing all we know. Judge Andrew Napolitano joined in in the studio to explain the "political hot potato."

After a break, the Big Story skipped "Your Word", the email from viewers, and instead at 5:58 there was a FOX News Alert about - Cynthia McKinney. FOX News legal analyst Liz Wiehl was on the phone to give her explanation of the grand jury, which was the same essentially as JAN's.

That was the end of the show, and the first words out of Brit Hume's mouth as they went to Special Report were about (all together now) Cynthia McKinney!!

Not a word about Tom DeLay, not a one.

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