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Fair And Balanced Discussion Of Presidential Candidates? Not!

Reported by Ellen - April 24, 2007 -

Hannity & Colmes continued to ignore the scandals surrounding Alberto Gonzales and Paul Wolfowitz last night (4/23/07) but covered again Alec Baldwin’s voice mail and Harry Reid’s remarks about losing the Iraq war. The show also included a segment on Hillary Clinton’s “phony southern accent.” So if phony talk from a politican is more significant than ethics in the Justice Department or scandal at the World Bank, why hasn’t there been any discussion about Mitt Romney’s varmint hunting?

As the AP reported, Romney, who once supported strict gun control, now claims he’s a lifelong hunter who supports gun rights. Last year he joined the NRA as a “lifetime member.” The day after Romney made the “lifelong hunter” remark, his campaign issued a statement saying that Romney had only hunted twice in his life. Not so, Romney later “clarified.” Reporters searching state records could find no evidence that he had ever taken out a license. That’s because he hunts “varmints” in Utah, where a license isn’t necessary, Romney claimed. But, AP noted, he does not own a firearm, despite claiming to earlier this year. AP also reported that while jack rabbits can be hunted without a license and killed without limit, cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hares require a license. "I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter, small varmints, if you will." He added: "I began when I was 15 or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then. More than two times."

So maybe three or four times?

But while this bit of pretentiousness was never discussed, both Hannity and Colmes yukked it up with columnist Robert Novak over Hillary Clinton’s accent. Even the chyron went after her, by saying, “Hillary’s southern twang makes a reappearance.”

Sean Hannity gleefully called it a “phenomena” among Democratic candidates and went on to tar Al Gore.

“Senator Clinton’s been doing this for so long, she doesn’t even know it,” Novak sneered. “She’s a chameleon and that may also reflect her attitude on ideology.”

Disappointingly, Alan Colmes joked that Clinton got her accent because “she’s from the south side of Chicago.” He did, however, ask the very good question, “Does this have anything to do with how she would govern as an executive leading the country?”

Probably not, Novak conceded. He acknowledged that many politicians are phony. “Politicians being phony is a bi-partisan disease. But it seems to affect the Clintons worse than most people.”

Some phoniness seems to affect FOX News more, too.

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