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On FOX News, War on Democrats More Important Than War On Terror

Reported by Ellen - March 1, 2007 -

There's been lots of news about the war on terror lately: The Taliban's claim that Dick Cheney was the target of Tuesday's suicide bomber in Afghanistan; The Director of National Intelligence told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that his agency is "very worried and very concerned" about Al Qaeda activity in northwestern Pakistan; AP reported that the government is "floundering" in northern Afghanistan and most importantly, a US study shows a dramatic rise in terror attacks worldwide since the invasion of Iraq. But none of that has been discussed on "real journalism, fair and balanced" FOX News' prime time debate show, Hannity & Colmes. Instead, we get night after night, block after block of the war on Democrats. Last night (2/28/07), was one of the best (or worst) examples). The "top story" was an attempt to Swift Boat John Kerry all over again. With video.

The "issue" was Kerry's bitterness over the 2004 election. The sole guest was Swift Boater John O'Neill, hardly a poster child for "fair and balanced" commentary. "He can't get over it," the FOX News chyron said about Kerry, just in case O'Neill didn't get the message across sufficiently on his own. It felt like 2004 all over again, except that Bush's approval ratings are a lot lower and John Kerry's not running for anything.

O'Neill's baggy eyes and sad-sack face, especially in contrast to Kerry's alert intensity, shown on video earlier in the segment, screamed "pot" louder than O'Neill could say "kettle."

Alan Colmes underscored that point. "You're the one who's on this show once again blasting Kerry," Alan Colmes told O'Neill in a moment of uncharacteristic rancor. "You're the one who can't let go." Colmes went on to remind the viewers of the inconsistencies and holes in the Swift Boat accusations. "You've been discredited by the person who was actually there and the person whose life was saved by John Kerry."

O'Neill claimed that John Kerry had threatened Bush nominee for Ambassador to Belgium Sam Fox, who had donated money to the Swift Boat Vets in 2004. When Colmes tried to pin down O'Neill on exactly what threat Kerry had made, O'Neill inanely repeated that Kerry had made a threat that the viewers heard, but could never articulate what it was. For the record, Kerry challenged Fox on his contributions to the 527 group and, in my view, his toughest question was "You see no responsibility as an individual citizen to try to guarantee that you're not gonna support that kind of politics of personal destruction?" Viewers can watch the video below and make up their own minds as to whether there was a threat or not.

"We'll continue to follow the story," Hannity said.

Next up: ANOTHER Al Gore hit piece, this one described by Hannity as, "Whose house is more eco-friendly? President Bush's or Al Gore's? It may surprise you tonight." Maybe FOX viewers were surprised but I'll bet News Hounds readers would not have been.

Then, before long, Barack Obama's church was the target with a not-so-subtle insinuation that he might be a black militant pagan. More on that in an earlier post