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FOX Gears Up for the Swiftboating of Rep. Cynthia McKinney

Reported by Marie Therese - June 20, 2006

The GOP has Rep. Cynthia McKinney in its sights and does not intend to let her go. Never mind that a grand jury refused to indict her for "assaulting a police officer", a decision reached after an exhaustive 8-week investigation that included watching video tapes and interviewing many, many witnesses. With the willing cooperation of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Republicans clearly wish to prolong this non-story into the fall election season, thus giving them fertile ground for a swiftboat-like attack on the Congresswoman closer to the election.

This morning the mix-and-match FOX & Friends hosts cried in their beer because of the grand jury's actions.

During F&F's first hour, in a ridiculous segment Tiki Barber and co-hosts Kiran Chetry and Brian Kilmeade moaned and groaned about how they just couldn't understand the thinking of the grand jury. They implied that Rep. McKinney got off because of "special priveleges" extended to members of Congress. Tiki Barber ende the segment by saying that Ms. McKinney should just apologize and get it over with because, otherwise, "we're going to be talking about this again in a few months."

Later on, the far more vicious and snide Steve Doocy and Edith Ann "E.D." Hill announced that the Fraternal Order of Police has complained to the Senate Judiciary Committee that special favors were given to Rep. McKinney and requested an investigation into Mr. Kenneth Wainstein, the U. S. Attorney who handled the case, claiming that Wainstein gave the accused special treatment. You can read his impressive CV at the White House website.

Cynthia McKinney has been an outspoken critic of the Capitol Police and supported the lawsuit brought by 250 African-American Capitol police officers who allege widespread discrimination within the Capitol Police.

As I suspected, she is on the hit list of the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF), whose President Phil Kent does not like her or her politics. For those of you who are not aware, Harry MacDougald AKA "Buckhead" was the blogger who just happened to catch the alleged forgery that brought down Dan Rather. after CBS had posted the memo for only four hours. "Buckhead" was also on the Board of Advisors of the SLF.

In 2002 FOX News reported the following:

"McKinney received 21 percent of her contributions in 1999-2000 from Arab-American and Middle Eastern/Muslim sources in the last election cycle, including money from officials of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and the American Muslim Council. Both have members who have been publicly tied to support for terrorist groups here and abroad.

CAIR officials said the contributions reflect McKinney's support for American-Muslim issues here in the U.S. Phil Kent, president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, said her donor list might suggest where the congresswoman's own loyalties lie.

"If McKinney's standard of review is 'relationships,' then her 'relationships,' and the influence those relationships have on her actions — must also be investigated," he said, referring to her attacks on Bush. (Source FOX News)

Ms. McKinney lost the 2002 election only to return triumphant in 2004. As a member of both the Congressional Black and Progressive Caucuses, the outspoken Congresswoman has rubbed a lot of Republicans (and a few stodgy Democrats) the wrong way.

Given Tiki Barber's remarks - which we know came from a script prepared in the bowels of FOX News' New York HQ - this is not the last we will hear of Ms. McKinney's brush with the law.

Far from it. Barber has predicted that we'd all hear about this in a couple of months.

I can hardly wait to see how the GOP and FOX News will do their best to make this tiny little molehill into a bloated Mount Everest of spin!

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