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Hannity & Colmes “Debates” Libby Verdict With Three Panelists Agreeing With Hannity

Reported by Ellen - March 7, 2007 -

Predictably, “fair and balanced” FOX News stacked last night's (3/6/07) Hannity & Colmes panel on the Scooter Libby verdict with three guests who had, essentially, the same opinion as Sean Hannity: that the case against Libby was not legitimate, that no crime had occurred. As if those odds weren’t enough, the chyron read, “But was there even a crime?” The only difference of opinion seemed to be whether or not Plame was covert which one guest, David Boies, thought debatable. Alan Colmes did a yeoman’s job trying to represent the other side but he’s not a lawyer. With video.

College drop-out and self-styled legal eagle Sean Hannity freely offered his “expert” opinions: “This is a case that never should have been brought… Literally no crime was committed… (Plame) did not meet the criteria in any way, shape, matter or form as a covert agent.”

Guests Robert Novak and Laura Ingraham agreed, of course. Ingraham, who has a law degree, called the verdict “one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Washington.” She decreed that Libby had been prosecuted “for having a faulty memory.” Yet, Ingraham, herself seems to have “forgotten” that Libby’s memory was rather selective. As Media Matters notes in an excellent run down of “Media myths and falsehoods to watch for” in the Libby verdict, Libby didn’t just forget he had leaked Plame’s identity, he denied having done so or having had any knowledge of her despite the fact that two reporters had already testified that he leaked Plame's identity to them. That’s quite a slip.

David Boies was presented as a Democrat based on the fact that he represented Al Gore in Bush v. Gore. Boies has been publicly critical of the Libby trial so the FOX News producers surely knew when they booked him that he’d not be much of a balance to the blatantly partisan Ingraham and Novak.

Why wouldn’t “we report, you decide” FOX News put on a legal expert of an opposing opinion? You can ask by them via comments@foxnews.com. You can also contact Hannity via hannity@foxnews.com or Colmes via colmes@foxnews.com.

PS Was it just us, or did Novak seem schnockered? (H/T Janie)