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If a Democrat Said This it Would be BREAKING NEWS -- but Fox Ignored It

Reported by Melanie - April 5, 2007 -

Fox's preferential treatment toward Republicans was on full display today (April 5, 2007) when its chief Washington correspondent, Jim Angle, delivered a live report hammering Nancy Pelosi for traveling to Syria, while ignoring some news that would have generated repeated FOX NEWS ALERTS and salivation by Fox cast members had it involved a Democrat.

Fox News Live host Jane Skinner introduced Angle at 2:08 p.m., by asking him how Pelosi's trip is "playing in D.C. today?"

Angle said that "the State Department and other officials" are saying "what they've been saying all along," that, "it is fine for members of congress to go on fact finding missions" but what's different "about Nancy Pelosi's trip is that she is the Speaker of the House. She is the third highest ranking person in the U.S. government."

(Angle's emphasis.)

He said it, "might not be quite as important because the U.S. is isolating Syria because it is a state sponsor of terrorism. ... The U.S. does not have a whole lot of leverage with Syria and isolation was one of its greatest tools, if you will, and Speaker Pelosi's trip there seems to have undermined that policy."

What Angle didn't tell the audience was that Republican congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who met with Syria's President Bashar Assad today in what sounds like more than a "fact finding" mission, criticized the Bush administration's isolationist policy after his meeting when he said, "“President Bush, is the head of state, but he hasn’t encouraged dialogue. That's an important message to realize: We have tensions, but we have two functioning embassies."

Comment: Not only did Angle protect Republicans by withholding this information from Fox's audience, he and Skinner didn't spend the rest of the hour airing repeated FOX NEWS ALERTS and implying that Issa is a traitor for criticizing the president's policy while on foreign soil, "during a time of war," which would have been the case had a Democrat said this.