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Brit Hume Covering for Bill Frist's Taliban Remark

Reported by Janie - October 4, 2006 -

After Senator Bill Frist's (R - TN) recent statements about including the Taliban in Afghan government in order to win the war in Afghanistan, Frist has a desperate need for spin control. Brit Hume accepted the job during his "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment last night (10/3) on "Special Report."

According to Hume:

"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office was not happy today about an Associated Press story that said Frist believes the Taliban can never be defeated militarily and that they should be brought into the government in Afghanistan."

Comment: Right off the bat, Hume is making it clear to his viewers what this story is going to be about. Hume is trying to plant the idea that Frist never said any such thing, and since most of his viewers favor the Republicans, they will easily believe that the mythical "liberal press" would make it appear as though Frist said something he didn't.

Hume next moved on to attacking a random Democrat: "House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to the story by saying Frist wants to 'coddle the Taliban... as if 9/11 never happened,' and that President Bush didn't 'finish the job' in Afghanistan."

Comment: Hume is now trying to make it appear that Pelosi is using a lie and attacking a poor, sweet, innocent Republican.

Hume finished by clarifying what Frist meant on his behalf: "Frist's office issued a statement saying Frist said Afghan tribesmen should be brought into the government or risk losing them to the Taliban. It said the senator does not believe Taliban fighters should be brought into the reconciliation process. Frist was in Afghanistan meeting with American troops and Afghan officials."

Not once however, did Hume mention what Frist actually said.

According to Yahoo News:

"U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily and urged support for efforts to bring 'people who call themselves Taliban' and their allies into the government."

The article continues to mention:

"You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government," "And if that's accomplished, we'll be successful."

Frist said asking the Taliban to join the government was a decision to be made by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai's spokesmen were not immediately able to be reached for comment.

He said the only way to win in places like the volatile southern part of the country is to "assimilate people who call themselves Taliban into a larger, more representative government."

It doesn't sound as though Frist was terribly misquoted - but that Hume is trying to play spin doctor for comments made by a Republican that the American people were not too fond of.

Had Hume mentioned ANY of the quotes made by the Senator, Fox viewers may have been able to make the determination for themselves.