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The Campaign to Malign the Dixie Chicks Continues on Special Report

Reported by Janie - May 24, 2006

As my fellow News Hounds have pointed out, since the release of the new Dixie Chicks' album "Taking the Long Way", there has been an orchestrated attempt on Fox to smear and malign the band simply because they do not support George Bush's policies. This effort continued last night (5/23) on Special Report with Brit Hume.

During Hume's "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment, in his best Eeyore impression, Hume monotonously declared, "Country Music's Dixie Chicks say they're taking back their take-back of a famous -- and costly -- slam on President Bush. Singer Natalie Maines told a concert audience in 2003 that the group was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

Maines apologized for "disrespecting the office of the president" after album sales plummeted, but now tells Time Magazine, "I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever."

The group's new album isn't getting much play on country radio either. One Miami station tells Billboard Magazine it pulled the single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," which references the scandal, due to listener complaints after only one week."

Hume neglected to mention that their lead single is currently the #1 downloaded song on iTunes and is currently #1 on Amazon.com, making it the choice of the people rather than the choice of corporate-owned radio stations.

For a supposed "fair and balanced" report, Hume apparently left out the "fair" portion.

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