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Special Report Also Follows Script of Fox News Memo

Reported by Janie - November 16, 2006 -

As fellow News Hound Judy reported earlier this week, Martha MacCallum of Fox's "Live Desk", followed the script of the Fox News memo closely, proving herself "one of the most loyal foot soldiers Fox News has."

On Tuesday's (11/14) "Special Report", Major Garrett - who was mentioned by name in the memo, followed his role just as loyally.

The Fox memo stated, "In the House, the newly empowered Dems will shed some fraternal blood before settling in. Murtha will challenge Hoyer for the leadership. A former hawk v. a political hack. Garrett will observe."

Garrett did not disappoint. During "Special Report", Garrett filed a segment on exactly this subject.

MG: "As House freshman posed for the obligatory class photo, bitterness raged inside the Capital as Pennsylvania's John Murtha accused his rival in the battle for majority leader, Maryland's Stenny Hoyer of echoing President Bush's Iraq war policy.

In a statement that leveraged presumed speaker Nancy Pelosi recent endorsement, Murtha said his call last year for US troops to leave Iraq led to the Democrats victory this year.

'The Pelosi-Murtha position on the war is the reason the Democrats are in the majority today. Congressman Hoyer's position has been to stay the course with President Bush from the very beginning…'

Hoyer, who opposed Murtha's call for troop withdrawal but backed Democratic calls to change course in Iraq, shot back immediately. His office released this statement.

'Any representation that Congressman Hoyer endorses a 'stay –the-course' strategy or advocates sending more troops to Iraq is wrong.'

The Iraq tit-for-tat continued with this Murtha rejoinder.

'The record is clear: Jack Murtha has been a constant voice for change in Iraq and Steny Hoyer has not.'

Comment: Perfect! Garrett got across, using words that denote negativity, exactly what the memo demanded. The only way the segment could have gotten better would have been by specifically bashing or swift-boating one of the Democratic candidates. Oh right. The segment did continue:

MG: "Murtha also dismissed scrutiny towards this FBI videotape from 1980 when Murtha met with FBI agents posed as Middle Eastern business men and offering the Congressman bribes. Murtha never accepted the bribe, but was named an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Abscam investigation.

'I am disconcerted that some are making headlines by resorting to unfounded allegations that occurred 26 years ago,' Murtha said in a statement. 'I thought we were above this type of swift-boating attack.'"

Comment: Perfect. The obvious Democrat-haters at Fox News must have been pleased to have their marching orders followed so closely, with Garrett even throwing in a 26 year-old scandal used to tarnish Murtha's credibility - even if Murtha "never accepted the bribe."