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Brit Hume Literally Taking Talking Points From White House E-mail

Reported by Janie - May 23, 2006

Last night (5/22) on "Special Report with Brit Hume", Hume discussed conservative and former pollster, Richard A. Viguerie's criticisms of the Bush administration that he leveled in a recent Washington Post article entitled "Bush's Base Betrayal". In typical Fox fashion, Hume attacked the messenger in an attempt to discredit Viguerie, but his talking points literally came directly from an e-mail issued by the White House.

During the "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment, Hume had this to say about Viguerie:

"Conservative activist Richard Viguerie — who pioneered direct mail in political fundraising — argues in Sunday's Washington Post that conservatives feel betrayed by President Bush, and urges them to avoid the polls in November, saying, 'Nothing will change until there's a change in the GOP leadership.'

Viguerie may no longer hold much influence with the Republican Party, but he has a history of disillusionment with its leaders. In 1981, Viguerie said Ronald Reagan's Cabinet choices, 'gave conservatives the back of the hand' and complained that Reagan allied himself with 'the liberals, the Democrats and the Soviets.'

Viguerie later said of Reagan, 'The emperor has no clothes on; just about every conservative I know is now acknowledging it.'"

According to Yahoo Business:

"In response, Peter Wehner, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives, sent an e-mail message to an unknown number of persons, citing statements made by Viguerie in 1981, 1983, 1987, and 1988 that criticized some aspects of the Reagan Administration."

Well, we now know one recipient of this e-mail: Fox News. Hume outright took the talking points from the White House and repeated everything the Administration wanted made known to the public to discredit Viguerie. Fox News seems to have officially become the state sponsored "news" of the Administration. I guess Jon Stewart was right when he said, "Wow. The entire network of anchors has been hired to be the press secretary!"

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