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Special Report's Two Minutes of Hate for April 27th

Reported by Janie - April 28, 2006

Last night (4/27) on "Special Report with Brit Hume", Hume was at it again during his Grapevine (aka "Two Minutes of Hate") segment, hypocritically bashing Democrats while omitting information of similar actions taken by Republicans.

Hume opened his "Two Minutes of Hate" with, "After gathering at a Capital Hill gasoline station to condemn President Bush for raising fuel prices, some Democrats hopped into cars for the one block trip back to their offices.

According to the Washington Post, California's Barbara Boxer got into a Chrysler LHS and New York's Chuck Shumer hopped into a Hyundai Alantra.

Similarly after voting on the Senate floor yesterday, Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts all got into cars for trips back to their offices across the street.

After some of the same Senate votes, Republicans John Sununu of New Hampshire, Richard Lugar of Indiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina used their cars for the same trip.

Indeed, the Post found after a quick survey of the cars at hand, that the Democrats as a group got a bit better mileage than the GOP vehicles.”

Comment: Hume opens the segment by making sure he exaggerates Democrat's actions by explaining that they were leaving an event where they "condemn [ed] Bush", and not what the exact event was.

He then continues by off-handedly mentioning that Republicans did the same thing, while leaving out the biggest hypocrite of all: Dennis Hastert. Hastert, who arrived at a Republican press conference on gas prices yesterday in a hydrogen-powered car, left the event in the same car but quickly switched to a gas-guzzling SUV.

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While I find it preposterous that both parties would engage in this type of activity during the gas-crisis average Americans are facing, Hume's report was simply not "Fair and Balanced", and left his viewer with more of a distaste for Democrats than for Republicans who participated in similar actions.

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