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Charging American Citizens For Lebanon Evacuation

Reported by Janie - July 19, 2006 -

During last night's (7/18) "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment, Brit Hume smeared Representative Nancy Pelosi because she stood up for the American people by demanding that evacuees from Lebanon not be forced to pay for their evacuation.

Hume opined, "Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on the president to immediately declare that the U.S. will start bearing the costs of evacuating its citizens from Lebanon, instead of charging them, saying, "A nation that can provide more than $300 billion for a war in Iraq can provide the money to get its people out of Lebanon."

But the policy requiring citizens to pay commercial fare plus a dollar for government evacuation was encoded in the 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act. That law was approved by the House and the Democrat controlled Senate in 2002. Pelosi herself voted for the measure."

Hume continues to insist on attempting to explain a complicated story in thirty-seconds, while consistently leaving out pertinent information - all of which is used to make the Democrats look bad.

Hume neglected to mention:

1. Congress passed the legislation in reaction to a request from the Administration's State Department.

2. The language of the bill reads "...private United States citizens or third-country nationals, on a reimbursable basis to the maximum extent practicable..."

3. The President is able to waive the stipulation any time he sees fit.

Of course, since this segment was broadcast, the Administration reversed course and decided not to charge the evacuees. Hume; however, was right there when the Administration needed him - to attack Democrats and shill for the GOP.