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Robert "No Facts" Novak Continues His Dirty Tricks. Obama Meets a Republican Shill. Hillary Heckled by Code Pink. Romney Attacked by GOP Push Poll. Just Another Day on the Campaign Trail.

Reported by Marie Therese - November 21, 2007 -

During Monday's edition of Special Report, Brit Hume did a run-down on various election stories, Democratic and Republican. Robert Novak's despicable attempt at dirty politics was covered. Additionally, Hume suggested that the "stress" of campaigning was getting to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. As for the Republicans, FOX slanted the coverage to imply that some nasty push-polling against Mitt Romney's Mormon religion might have been the product of either the McCain or the Huckabee campaigns. Of course, Giuliani was exonerated. The show was capped off by the All-Star Panel discussing Robert Novak's attempt to sow the seeds of distrust between the Clinton and Obama campaigns. To his credit, uber-conservative Charles Krauthammer took the high road (sort of) and actually dismissed the Novak column as a pile of worthless cow manure. However, Fred Barnes claimed that Novak was completely non-partisan and might, in fact, still be a Democrat. With video.

When it came time to report on Obama, Brit Hume concentrated on a heated exchange the candidate had with an Iowa Republican named Jane Svoboda. While FOX News and others attempted to paint Obama as "angry" because he raised his voice, an eyewitness account by Noam Schieber of The New Republic gives a truer picture of the event.

Obama Knee-Caps an Old Lady, and Other Iowa Tales...

"I see that this video of Obama engaging a voter on terrorism and immigration is getting some play around the web. The title of the YouTube clip--'Obama yells at elderly Iowa voter'--tells you all you need to know about the context in which it's been circulating. (According to this site, Drudge linked to it earlier today, though I can't find it now.) Having attended the event in question yesterday, I can tell you that the video has been framed and edited in such a way as to misrepresent what actually happened. The woman in question was a Republican named Jane Svoboda, who asked her questions in a pretty sharp and mean-spirited way. Obama began to answer them in a perfectly calm tone. The woman proceeded to interrupt and hector him several times over the course of the response. Each time she did, he would grow more animated--not nasty by any stretch, just the way someone gets when they care quite a bit about an issue. It's true that at times he almost had to yell, but that was only to make himself heard above the cheering of the crowd, which was very much sympathetic to what he was saying and unsympathetic to the woman, who'd outed herself as a bit of a bully.

"All of which is to say, 'Obama yells at elderly Iowa voter' is almost completely backward as a description of what happened."

FOX News' "Campaign Carl" Cameron had a slightly different take on the exchange. You can read it at his FOXNews.com blog Cameron's Corner

Video of Obama & Svoboda:

As for Hillary Clinton, she was speaking as one of three Democratic Presidential candidates at an environmental convention in Los Angeles when she was loudly confronted by a member of Code Pink. (Hume conveniently forgot to mention that the one doing the heckling was from a liberal organization.) The man was forcibly ejected from the hall while Hillary hardly missed a beat.

Then, Hume covered a nasty bit of anti-Mormon push polling that someone has been using against Mitt Romney. Naturally, suspicion has fallen on the other Republican candidates, but all of them claim that they have no knowledge of the incident. An investigation has been launched.