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Brit Hume Using Powerline as Source for "Two Minutes of Hate"

Reported by Janie - June 28, 2006 -

During Brit Hume's "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment on "Special Report", Hume has taken to either criticizing blogs (only liberal ones, of course, such as Truthout and DailyKos) or using them as sources (Michelle Malkin, Powerline, etc.). Last night (6/27) was no exception, as Hume used a story from Powerline to attack the New York Times.

The article in question really has no bearing on the current situation with the New York Times, but that does nothing to stop Hume and his fellow Republicans from attempting to use it to their advantage and confuse Fox viewers.

Under a banner reading, "NYT Foils Finance Plot" (which to an average viewer, would insinuate that the article published by the Times has actually impeded a government investigation into a terrorist ring, which it most certainly has not) Hume had this to say,

"The New York Times has been admonished for undercutting efforts to disrupt international terrorist financing networks by exposing a secret government program to monitor foreign banking, a plan that seems very like what the Times itself called for just after 9/11.

In a September 24, 2001 editorial, the Times warned of Usama bin Laden's vast network of Islamic charities and businesses and wrote that the administration needed to do more to 'disable the financial networks used by terrorists' through 'stricter regulations, the recruitment of specialized investigators and greater cooperation with foreign banking authorities.'

The Times added, 'If America is going to wage a new kind of war against terrorism, it must act on all fronts, including the financial one.'"

This story, which appeared on the Powerline blog yesterday, was apparently picked up by Hume as though it actually had any bearing on the new article published by the Times. Unfortunately though, it does not.

The Op-ed Hume refers to does include opinion - which is why it's classified as an Op-ed in the first place. No one in their right mind has a problem with terrorist's finances being tracked, it only becomes a problem when average citizens have their information caught up in the same net.

The recent article written by the Times was merely a report for the American public, providing information that is relevant to American citizens, which was provided to the paper by Administration officials who were uneasy with the program and its civil liberty safeguards (or lack thereof). The article took no position or stance on the program, but reported facts.

What Fox and Powerline are trying to insinuate to their viewers/readers (since many of them did not read the article themselves) is that the Times took a position against the program, which is the only way the Op-ed would have been relevant. The Times, however; did no such thing. Fox and Powerline apparently do not understand this difference.