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Hannity And FOX News Post “Ticking Clock” For Democratic Plan For Iraq, Overlook The Ones Already Put Forth

Reported by Ellen - January 11, 2007 -

Sean Hannity and the FOX News producers at Hannity & Colmes are either the world’s most ill-informed members of the press or the world’s most untruthful. After President Bush’s speech last night, Hannity announced, “We’re gonna count the time since the president’s speech and we’ll wait for a Democratic alternative… Our clock is officially ticking on the new Democratic leadership and their rhetoric. It’s time to put up.” He grinned smugly as a “ticking” clock appeared in a box with the words “Where’s their plan?” Actually, their plan is right on their websites, easy to find had anyone bothered to look. Updated with video.

That was just the beginning of an unbalanced line-up of guests that stacked up as four Republicans (Rudy Giuliani, Oliver North, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich) to one Democrat (Tom Vilsack) discussing the speech.

Hannity’s full introduction to the first segment on the speech, with Rudy Giuliani, was as follows: "Now the left-wing media spent most of the day counting the hours to which they called the most important speech in the president’s career. So tonight, we’re gonna count the time since the president’s speech and we’ll wait for a Democratic alternative. The San Francisco Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid think that they know so much, so where is their plan? Our clock is officially ticking on the new Democratic leadership and their rhetoric. It’s time to put up." You could hear Giuliani chuckling in the background.

In fact, a December 6, 2006 press release on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s website states the following: “Months ago, House and Senate Democratic leaders suggested to the President that he implement one of the Study Group’s chief recommendations – to change the primary mission of U.S. troops in Iraq from combat to training and support, which would enable the redeployment of U.S. forces to begin. Now that the Study Group has endorsed this proposal, I hope that the President will recognize that he must take our policy in Iraq in a new direction.”

Senator Reid’s website has the text of a January 10, 2007 statement from himself, Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dick Durbin with more specifics. They include shifting greater responsibility to the Iraqis, a phased redeployment and an aggressive diplomatic strategy.

You don't have to be a reference librarian, much less a crack reporter for "America's Newsroom" to find either one.

Hannity wasn’t the only ignoramus. His FOX News cohorts ably contributed to the misinformation. After the clock disappeared (it remained on the screen for three minutes), a banner on the screen repeatedly asked, “Where are the Democrats?” during Giuliani's and the following two interviews. Kirsten Powers, substituting for Alan Colmes, never corrected the record.

If you’d like to contact FOX News and let them know that real journalism includes real facts, you can reach them at comments@foxnews.com, hannity@foxnews.com, colmes@foxnews.com.

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