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Hume Apologizes for Giuliani's Divisive Comments

Reported by Janie - April 26, 2007 -

On Tuesday, Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani made a campaign stop in Manchester, NH where he spoke before the Rockingham County Lincoln Day Dinner. During his speech, Giuliani claimed that if a Democrat were elected to office, they would remain on the defensive against terrorism, and "we will have more losses and it will go on longer.”

The website The Politico originally reported, incorrectly, that Giuliani stated there would be a new 9/11 if a Democrat was elected President. During last night's (4/25) Special Report, host Brit Hume used his "Two Minutes of Hate" segment to bash Democrats for taking offense at Giuliani's comments, while making it appear that the comments Giuliani did make weren't in the least bit offensive.

Hume bemoaned, "Washington woke up to morning headlines that Rudy Giuliani predicted a 'new 9-11' if a Democrat wins the presidency in 2008. Barack Obama responded that Giuliani has 'taken the politics of fear to a new low.' John Edwards said Giuliani's comments were 'divisive and plain wrong.' And Hillary Clinton called it 'political rhetoric' that would not lessen the threat of terrorism.

The problem is Giuliani never said what the headlines claimed. It all started with a story in The Politico newspaper, which contained not a single quote to support its lead and headline. But it got picked up elsewhere nonetheless.

What Giuliani actually did say is what he has been saying for weeks, that Democrats would play defense instead of offense in the War on Terror, the same approach tried back before 9/11."

Comment: In this segment, Hume is attempting to make the Democratic field appear to be over reacting to a false story. The story was in fact false - but the comments actually made by Guiliani, which Hume is attempting to apologize for, actually were politically divisive - giving the Democratic candidates every right to take offense.

Here's what Giuliani actually said:

“But the question is how long will it take and how many casualties will we have? If we are on defense [with a Democratic president], we will have more losses and it will go on longer.”

“I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense. We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense.”

He added: “The Democrats do not understand the full nature and scope of the terrorist war against us.”

Rather than attacking Giuliani for making such divisive comments, Hume takes his side - and goes after the Democrats for actually taking offense at the comment. Once again, partisan Hume is sticking up for Republicans and making sure his viewers are entirely misinformed.