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New Phone Spying Charges - Fox Message - These Leaks Hurt Our Government & What If We Didn't Do This & Were Hit Again?

Reported by Donna - May 11, 2006

Today on Fox News Live with Bill Hemmer (12 - 1 p.m.) the president spoke live regarding the new revelation that the government had mined millions of Americans phone numbers. The president insisted that they had not mined the phones of Americans, that they were simply going after Al Qaeda. This is not what was reported in USA Today.

The theme on FNL was that the president and commentator .Catherine Herridge, said that these leaks (the USA Today story) hurt our ability to defeat Al Qaeda. The USA Today article and more info on what USA reported can be found at fellow News Hound, Marie Theresa's post today.

Bill Hemmer spoke about this on two different segments. His overwhelming theme? He repeated both times to various commentators that 'if we didn't do this and were hit by Al Qaeda again wouldn't everyone be asking why we didn't do enough?' (Paraphrased)

Comment: So there you go - the leaks hurt our ability to defeat Al Qaeda and shouldn't we be doing all we can to stop another attack was the route that Fox was going. Whether the program was legal or illegal was of no consequence. Whether along with these phone numbers, names, addresses, etc. were collected wasn't spoken about. Why the president didn't contact the justice department was also not addressed.

It's funny how leaks hurt whenever the Bush administration isn't doing them, but when they do (the CIA leak) it's fine. Bill Hemmer is really getting primed up with the Republican talking points - twice in two different segments asking if we didn't do this wouldn't people be complaining that we didn't do enough if we got hit again? (Notice a bit of the fear factor there, too)

Once again, Fox refuses to ask the hard questions.

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