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Brit Hume Misquoting John Kerry

Reported by Janie - June 30, 2006 -

Last night (6/29) on "Special Report with Brit Hume", Hume went old-school during his "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment and misquoted a statement made by Senator John Kerry in an attempt to make Democrats look foolish. Talk about so 2004.

Under the headline reading "Sneaking Into St. Louis?" Hume chuckled,

"In a fundraising e-mail to supporters two days ago, Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry wrote that President Bush would be 'sneaking into St. Louis' to raise money for Missouri Republican Senator Jim Talent.

In fact, the president arrived in broad daylight aboard Air Force One for yesterday's publicly scheduled 6 p.m. fundraiser, which received television coverage.

So how did Kerry respond today? By again accusing the Republican party of 'sneaking President Bush' into Missouri, 'under cover of darkness.' In yet another fundraising e-mail, Kerry asks potential donors to make the GOP 'pay a price' for the president's 'under the radar' travel."

Comment: HAHAHA, that's so funny! Well... it would be anyway - if it were true.

Here's what the e-mail actually said:

"Last night, President Bush appeared at a big-ticket fundraiser for embattled GOP Senator Jim Talent in Missouri. Tomorrow, it's off to Ohio to raise funds for Mike DeWine, another GOP Senator that we have a solid chance to defeat come November.

The Republicans think they can sneak President Bush and Vice President Cheney in and out of these states under cover of darkness, and that vulnerable Republican candidates will pick up GOP special interest campaign dollars -- not Bush-Cheney baggage.

Make them pay a price for this most cynical of political calculations."

1) "Pay the price" is referring to picking up "GOP special interest campaign dollars and not Bush-Cheney baggage", and not for "under the radar travel" as Hume claims. But of course, Hume wouldn't want to publicize the portion of Kerry's remarks that refer to the GOP ties to special interest groups.

2) The "cover of darkness" refers to lack of publicity PRIOR to the event - not how Bush arrived that day. It may also refer to the fact that Talent's own website doesn't mention this fundraiser.

3) Kerry never once said "pay the price" for the President's "under the radar travel". Here's what he actually said:

"We can't let the Bush/Cheney fundraising juggernaut buy Republican candidates out of the trouble they're in because they rubberstamp this administration's failed policies. The President tries to travel under the radar on these trips -- rubbing elbows with well-heeled Republican donors, while the GOP candidates he's supporting try to avoid rubbing elbows with him.

But, we won't let their fast and furious fundraising turn the tide in some of the closest Senate races in the country. We're weighing in with powerful grassroots support to counter the President's fundraiser-in-chief performance. Two days ago, we got off to a good start, helping Sherrod Brown in Ohio, Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Maria Cantwell in Washington state."

Big difference. Hume once again attempted to distort the words of a Democrat in order to mock them, while trying to prop up the Republican Party.