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More "In-Kind" RNC Campaign Contributions Courtesy Fox News

Reported by Melanie - July 6, 2006 -

Fox's "premiere business news" program, Your World w/Cavuto, concentrated today (July 6, 2006) not on business, but on politics (as usual), and the topic du jour was bashing Democrats for being responsible for the fix we're in over North Korea. The message was stock stuff but what struck me was the lack of even the teeniest, tiniest hint of that much-touted "fair and balanced" coverage.

After the first segment, a report by James Rosen from the White House, Ann Coulter (in her third appearance on this "business news" program since June 8) and Charles Smith of NewsMax (the apparent "balance" to Coulter), joined substitute host David Asman in a segment titled, "Is President Clinton to Blame for North Korean Crisis?"

Coulter was boringly predictable:

This is always their [Democrat's] approach. There's a bully in the world threatening America. The liberal response is let's be nice because otherwise he might hit us. The Republican response is we'll hit him.

And,

The lesson of this is that you have to take them out before they get their weapons because it's a much bigger problem once they have their nukes than when they're just trying to acquire them.

Smith's main point was that our intercontinental ballistic missile system (ICBM) is ready to roll. (He's wrong.)

The next segment featured another regular "business news" guest, Lawrence Eagleburger. The topic for his segment was, "Madeline Albright Claims U.S. Spread Too Thin: Is She Right?"

Eagleburger:

You don't really want me to say exactly what I think [giggle, giggle]. I would only suggest that she's wrong, let's put it that way [giggle, giggle].

Minutes later Elizabeth Dole appeared, by her own admission, as the Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but identified by Fox as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The topic of her segment was, "North Korea's Missile Threat: Is it Extortion?" Dole repeatedly urged viewers to vote for Republicans in November or risk life and limb:

I am here as the Chair of the Republican Senatorial Committee to underscore some points about where I think in four months we should, as a nation, be focused.

Comment: Fair and balanced? How much were these "in kind" campaign spots worth?