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The Hannity & Colmes Crime Hour Overlooks Theft From American People

Reported by Ellen - April 20, 2006

There was lots of important news today but most of it was missing from Hannity & Colmes last night (4/19/06) in favor of wall to wall crime with a little bit of Cindy Sheehan bashing thrown in. But while the show included “new revelations” about black Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s run-in with a Capitol policeman, there was absolutely no mention – not on the show, not during the news break – of a crime that was committed against the American people.

The case should have had enough salaciousness to appeal to any FOX News producer. As the LA Times reports, “A contractor in Iraq has pleaded guilty to providing money, sex and designer watches to U.S. officials in exchange for more than $8 million in reconstruction contracts, federal officials announced Tuesday.”

Also not reported was a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) with the Justice Department to begin an official investigation into whether Texas Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) received bribes from a San Francisco defense firm in exchange for supporting earmarks that benefited the company.

Instead, the Duke lacrosse case got 15 minutes as the "top story." That was followed by Natalee Holloway and “new evidence” in the Cynthia McKinney case (more on that in my next post). That was followed by a woman who explained why she thinks Cindy Sheehan is a traitor. Then came the head of the Minute Men who have threatened to build their own fence on the border if President Bush doesn’t, then a story about a missing soldier.

Also not discussed: the White House shake-up. AP reported, “White House political mastermind Karl Rove surrendered a key policy role Wednesday and press secretary Scott McClellan resigned in an escalation of a Bush administration shake-up driven by Republican anxieties… McClellan, the press secretary for nearly three years, was the public face of the White House and a vulnerable target in an administration trying to show off new people. He had been bloodied by contentious press briefings and media criticism about an administration loath to give up information… Rove still is under investigation by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald for his role in the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA identity.”

There was literally no discussion on H&C about the shake-up. Steve Centanni gave a brief report during the news break which omitted any mention of the Valerie Plame cloud over Rove’s head and the pressure on McClellan to resign.

Nobody mentioned Donald Rumsfeld.

FOX News president and CEO Roger Ailes likes to say that what distinguishes his network is "We like America." Then why ignore so many issues that affect it?

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