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Hannity & Colmes Panel Discussion Smearing Murtha Does Double-Duty Promoting Republican Candidate

Reported by Ellen - June 23, 2006

In a clever departure from its usual GOP bias, FOX News placed a Republican candidate for Congress, Iraqi war veteran Vince Micco, on its most recent panel discussion criticizing John Murtha (6/22/06). Just in case that wasn’t enough publicity for Micco, Oliver North (subbing for Sean Hannity) did the next-best thing to standing up and offering FOX News’ endorsement of Micco’s candidacy; North asked a question that was obviously designed to allow Micco to do a bit of campaigning in the middle of the discussion.

“You’re running against a multi-term incumbent, you know the odds,” North said to Micco, apropos of nothing to do with Murtha. “(Congressman Rothman, Micco’s opponent) voted for the war. Did he vote, back when he had a chance to, on giving adequate armor and protection to the troops BEFORE the war?”

Micco was prepared. “Two weeks ago he had an opportunity to support the troops when The House took up a bill which would fund a billion dollars in research, a lot of money just on the technology that would protect our troops against IED’s… My opponent had the opportunity to fund technology to protect our troops, technology to up-armor our Humvees, and to pay for armored personnel carriers.”

“And failed to do so,” North helpfully interjected.

“And failed to do so,” Micco repeated. Then he neatly tied it back to Murtha. “(Rothman’s) part of this cut and run course spearheaded by Jack Murtha, regrettably.”

Comment: As we get closer to the mid-term elections, I expect there will be a lot more of this sort of thing happening on FOX News.

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