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No Discussion Of Woodward’s Book On Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Ellen - October 3, 2006 -

Last week, Hannity & Colmes couldn’t seem to get enough of talking about Clinton’s FOX News interview in which Chris Wallace questioned Clinton’s work in preventing 9/11 and whether or not he did all he could to fight terrorism. This week, the harsh spotlight is on Bush’s efforts, due to the allegations in Bob Woodward’s new book, State of Denial. But there was no segment about the book or any of its claims during last night’s Hannity & Colmes (10/02/06). They did, however, find the time to air an “H&C exclusive” on a newly released surveillance tape of Democratic Congressman John Murtha during the Abscam scandal of 1980.

Last Monday, Hannity & Colmes devoted three segments to the Clinton interview. Tuesday, they spent the first half-hour of the show analyzing Clinton’s efforts on fighting terror. But while Wallace merely questioned Clinton’s efforts, Woodward’s book, a bestseller already in its third printing, makes allegations based on extensive reporting. The book says that Condoleezza Rice brushed off the CIA’s attempts to warn her that Al Qaeda was planning an imminent attack on the United States. Rice first claimed she didn’t recall the July, 2001 meeting described in Woodward’s book but yesterday the State Department confirmed it had, in fact, occurred. There are a number of other embarrassing allegations about the Bush administration and its war on terror that it has tried to deny. But as MSNBC reported, confirmatory admissions have been surfacing nonetheless.

The FOX News team deemed the Murtha segment so important it was posted on the Hannity & Colmes website (check the video box if it's not on the page). They billed the Murtha segment as “an investigation you won’t want to miss,” blithely ignoring the fact that it already had been missed for the past 26 years. Nevertheless, the segment is worth watching for Alan Colmes’ smackdown of the American Spectator reporter for trying to revive an old scandal, in which charges were never filed against Murtha, just at the time he’s trying for a leadership position.