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Fox News and "Special Report" Continue Assault on Lamont While Propping Up Lieberman

Reported by Janie - August 10, 2006 -

Last night's (8/9) "Special Report with Brit Hume" was wall-to-wall Lieberman/Lamont coverage in which the "All Star" Panel referred to Lieberman as being in the mold of "JFK or FDR". The show kicked off, however; with a pro-Lieberman segment filed by GOP shill Carl Cameron.

Cameron started off slow, "Connecticut's top Democrats rallied around Ned Lamont this morning after he defeated Joe Lieberman for the US Senate nomination."

NL (clip): "We voted for change in the state of Connecticut last night, and I think people around the country are looking at Connecticut. We want to change the course, we want to change the course in Iraq."

Cameron went on to (fairly) explain which party leaders have sided with Lamont, while airing clips from the acceptance/concession speeches. The tide turned, however, when Cameron diverted attention to Lieberman and the White House's stance on the election.

JL: "I don't want my party to be taken over by the Ned Lamont's or Maxine Waters who will not give assurance to the people of America that we are prepared to do what needs to be done to protect our people in a dangerous world."

CC: "But Democratic Senate leaders Harry Reid and Charles Shumer endorsed Lamont's anti-war victory 'The results bode well for Democratic victories in November and our efforts to take the country in a new direction'. 2004 Presidential nominee John Kerry said '…the Democratic Party in Connecticut has made a choice. That choice will matter in November to the direction of our Party and the direction of our country.' The White House pounced."

Tony Snow (clip): I know a lot of people tried to make this a referendum on the President, but I would flip it. I think instead it's a defining moment for the Democratic Party who's national leaders now have made it clear that if you disagree with the extreme left in their party, they're going to come after you."

Comment: It would have been proper here to mention that it was not national leaders that made this decision - it was the voters of Connecticut, whom Snow seems to have no problem insulting.

It also would have been prudent to mention that the White House, by way of Karl Rove, offered their full-support of Lieberman. But I guess that would defeat Fox and Lieberman's attempt to seperate Lieberman from Bush.

CC: "Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were on the stage last night with Lamont, who was recruited to oppose Lieberman by the most liberal internet driven anti-war faction of the Democratic Party. Lieberman says they 'hate Republicans' and want only obstruction."

Comment: Cameron makes sure to tie every single Democratic politician that is anathema to the Republican Party so the viewers can associate Lamont with the "far-left" wing of the party, which is far from the case. Otherwise, 60% of the U.S. is "far-left" since Fox is basing that particular tag on opposition to the IRAQ war (not war in general, as Fox consistently attempts to insinuate).

JL (clip): "My opponent, if he ever got to Washington, would be just another partisan polarizer who would stand in the way of progress and solving problems, and that's the last thing the Senate or Washington needs today."

Comment: For a "fair and balanced" news station, it would have been appropriate to mention that Lieberman is full of it, as Lamont has a history of not voting along party lines when he was a Greenwich Selectman - Lieberman even went so far as creating an attack ad against Lamont that called Lamont a Republican!

CC: "Tactically, Lieberman admits a rookie error, failing to counter Lamont's attacks."

Comment: You mean, like these attack ads from the Lieberman camp?

JL: "Looking back, I wish that we had responded to the distortions of my record, particularly on Iraq. But I feel that I did that the last few days, and I'm going to keep doing it."

Comment: I think Lieberman is referring to this record:

"It's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be the commander in chief for three more critical years and that in matters of war we undermine presidential credibility at our nation's peril."

After a brief mention of the Republican candidate in the race, Cameron finished, "The truth is, for Republican's nation-wide, Lieberman's attacks on the anti-war movement in his own party actually help the GOP. Republicans would love to see Schlesinger win, but he's a very long shot, and the National Party has told him not to expect too much help. So for all intents and purposes it remains a Lieberman/Lamont race, and polls taken before the primary Lieberman had a huge lead when listed as an Independent."

"Fair and Balanced"? Not on this planet!