Studio B Does A Bush Sympathetic Segment On AG Alberto Gonzales
Reported by Donna - August 27, 2007 -
Today on Studio B with Shepard Smith they had a segment on the resignation of Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales. They talked about the President's 'bitterness' over the resignation of the Atorney General. The president said, "it's sad, that when we live in a time when a talented and honorable person such as Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.
As the president spoke the banner read, 'Bush: Unfair treatment kept Gonzales from doing his job.'
They allowed a sound byte from Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who said, "The previous six months the justice department has been virtually non functioning and desperately needed new leadership. I don't know why it took the president so long to come to the same conclusion. (Which, by his words, he apparently hadn't)
Aides said that Bush refused his resignation on Friday but when Gonzales and his wife flew out to visit on Sunday, he accepted it.
A little later in the program they had one of the fired attorneys on the phone. However, they didn't use one who had been fired for 'what was called by the justice department' as being fired for performance reasons. This attorney, Bud Cummins said that Gonzales was a great inspirational story who was a father and husband. (I'm sure there are a lot of great fathers and husbands out there who aren't very good at their positions)
Again the banner ran that said, ''Bush: Unfair treatment kept Gonzales from doing his job.'
Comment: While they allowed a sound byte from Senator Schumer, it was an overwhelming story about Bush's support of Gonzales. They also could have had another attorney on who was fired for supposed performance reasons to make it fair and balanced. But then, that wouldn't make it a true Fox report. Yes, Bush accepted his resignation but he clearly didn't want to and this showed through in his bitterness.