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"Two Minutes of Hate": Hugo Chavez & Noam Chomsky

Reported by Janie - September 22, 2006 -

During last night's (9/21) "Special Report", Hume used his "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") to clarify to viewers who exactly the American was that wrote the book Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez referred to during his speech at the U.N. Since Fox has been critical of author Noam Chomsky in the past, Hume neglected to mention the effect Chavez's speech had for Chomsky, since it was a positive one.

After acting thoroughly surprised that Senate and House Democrats were angered by Chavez's speech, Hume explained to viewers about the author of the book:

"So who was the author of that book Chavez held up during his U.N. speech? None other than MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky, a self-described libertarian socialist who has advocated a society with no paid labor and says the U.S. is one of the major sources of international terrorism.

In the book Chavez was holding, 'Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance,' Chomsky says the pretensions of the American empire place human existence at risk.

Chavez said one of his great regrets was not meeting Chomsky before he died, which probably came as quite a shock to Chomsky, who is still alive and kicking at age 77."

While Hume mentioned the slight to GOP enemy Chomsky, he neglected to include the positive effect the speech held for the author.

According to the LA Times:

"As of Thursday afternoon, 'Hegemony or Survival,' originally published in 2003, had jumped into the top 10 of Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.

And what a jump: Amazon said the book had zoomed from No. 20,664 on its bestseller list to No. 4 for the day.

Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt, has ordered an additional paperback printing of 25,000 copies."

While these statistics were available by the time Hume reported on the story, he failed to mention this stunning turn of events - which are pertinent to telling the entire story, and not just the one the GOP wants people to hear.