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Nine-point spread treated differently for parties

Reported by Chrish - January 4, 2008 -

FOX and Friends this morning 1/4/08 followed only two "big" stories, the Iowa caucus results and Britney Spears' continuing substance abuse issues. We'll take a pass on the latter because, really, does anyone care? So how did the Friends cover the election results?

At the top of each hour (7 and 8 AM EST) the results were reported, the Republican numbers matter of factly and the Democratic numbers with some editorializing:

Note that the 9-point spread on the Republican side is not noted; in fact, one could easily be confused by Doocy's remark that "it's close" (referring, I think, to the almost but not quite complete (96%) number of precincts reporting) into thinking the Republican race was close and Huckabee did not win by a notable margin. On the Democratic side, however, the 9-point difference is noted and editorilaized as "shocking."

The big story most of the two hours was Hillary Clinton's third-place finish. It was even noted, more than once, that the rest of the corporate media was reporting on Huckabee's win and "buried" the Clinton story on "the worst night of her political life." Rush Limbaugh was cited twice and was unkind enough to remind listeners that she must have had some worse nights in the late 90s, and the Friends cheerfully echoed that jab.

Note, too, the unrelated homophobic comment by Steve Doocy as the trio segued with inane chit-chat into the 8:00 hour, where he says that Brian Kilmeade's liking girls "beats the alternative." Oh, really?