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FOX News Makes Political Hay Out Of London Terror Plot, Pt. 1: By Positioning Republican Candidate Giuliani As Terrorism Expert

Reported by Ellen - June 30, 2007 -

Predictably, Hannity & Colmes used the news of the London terror plot to advance Sean Hannity’s pet political causes. In the first of three such segments last night (6/29/07), Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani was positioned as a terrorism expert even though he has no experience in that field other than the fact that he happened to be mayor of New York City on September 11, 2001. With video.

Giuliani’s national security cred has taken some hits lately as word has come out that he blew off his opportunity to bolster it by never showing up for a single meeting of the Iraq Study Group. Also, former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman recently told WNBC television in New York that Giuliani’s administration “appeared to be more concerned with its image than the safety and speedy response of EPA employees in the wake of the 2001 anthrax scare.” Even Giuliani’s biography at his own company indicates no professional expertise in the field of terrorism prevention or prosecution.

Not that anyone on the show seemed to think that worth talking about. Instead, viewers got what looked like a deliberate effort to build up his "Mr. 9/11" image. Giuliani appeared solo, without any balancing or opposing guests.

Giuliani ought to be awarded the prize for repeating a campaign slogan most often during a news show. Despite the fact that neither car bomb was discovered by fancy police work or intelligence gathering , Giuliani claimed that the foiling of the plot indicated London had "(gone) on the offense in the war on terror,”

Hannity has even fewer credentials in national security than Giuliani but that didn’t stop him from announcing that because the bomb had not been set in the US, it was proof that the “NSA techniques” and the Patriot Act is working. Then, even though nobody knows yet who made the bombs or why, Hannity asked, “Does this go to the heart of winning the war in Iraq?”

“Sure it does,” Giuliani said. “We have to be on offense in the terrorist war against us… This is a good object lesson in how you have to deal with it.”

Giuliani told Alan Colmes that the thousands of closed circuit cameras in London will be key in catching the perps. When Colmes asked if Giuliani would use the same tactics in the US, Giuliani hedged, said it was worth considering, but didn’t make an outright endorsement. Nevertheless, “That’s all being on offense against terrorism.”

Giuliani noted that the reason the UK caught the 2005 subway terrorists so quickly was because of the cameras and – you guessed it - because they were on the offense against terrorism.