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Fox and Friends Finally Covers Libby Case

Reported by Judy - January 18, 2007 -

Jury selection in the Scooter Libby case got underway on Tuesday, and other news organizations started reporting on it Monday. "Fox and Friends" finally got around to mentioning it on Wednesday (Januaray 17, 2007), but wait till you see how they covered it. With video.

For co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy, the story of the Libby trial is that he's on trial and Sandy Berger isn't.

Doocy and Kilmeade must have had to go to the chiropractor right after the show after bending over backwards to make a connection between the two cases, but this must have been in one of those memos from John Moody, vice president for news at Fox, because they really stretched to connect the two cases.

Doocy thought it was so unfair that Libby is standing trial and Berger is not. "Why didn't Sandy Berger get the same treatment?" asked Doocy.

Could it be, perhaps, that Berger pleaded guilty and Libby pleaded innocent? Perhaps Doocy needed to have Judge Andrew Napolitano explain a little about how the justice system works in this country. You only go to trial if you think you can persuade a jury to acquit you. If you want to admit guilt, you don't have a trial. In the absence of the judge (who fell on the ice and broke a leg), perhaps Doocy could have Greta Van Susteren explain the judicial system to him, if she could fit it in between the Natalee Holloway and Duke assault case, that is.

Wandering in the dark without any in-house legal advice, Doocy and Kilmeade turned to Ron Cass, head of the Center for the Rule of Law, which seems to concentrate on business-related issues, to opine on why Libby is going to trial and Berger didn't. Berger was fined, placed on probation, and ordered to do community service.

The whole point of the discuss really was to complain about why the media was not covering the Berger case, even though Berger had pleaded guilty in September, four months ago, and Libby is going on trial right now. Guess Doocy doesn't understand that in the "news" business, "newness" counts. They don't call it the "olds" business, afterall.

It took a while for Cass to get the point, but after two questions from Doocy, he finally figured out that he was supposed to say the reason the mainstream media isn't covering the Berger case anymore is that it would hurt Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

The segment was farcical in its facts and logic (or lack of both). Its purpose is to try to fire up the lathargic Republican base (i.e., Fox viewership), which has been demoralized by the loss of control.