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FOX News Spins For Obama

Reported by Ellen - February 13, 2008 -

FOX News gave preferential treatment to Barack Obama last night (2/12/08) during Hannity & Colmes’ coverage of the Potomac primaries. He got more than 20 minutes of air time for a speech at a rally in Wisconsin while the show gave Hillary Clinton less than three minutes of time for her speech in El Paso. The discrepancy may have had something to do with the fact that Hillary Clinton was cut off just as she began to disparage George Bush while Obama’s attacks were directly aimed at John McCain.But while Obama spoke, the lower third of the screen posted some helpful talking points to boost his candidacy. With video.

In the video below, Hillary Clinton’s speech was cut off just after she referred to the Texas saying, “All hat and no cattle,” and then added, “After seven years of George Bush…” We can pretty much guess where she was going.

Obama took some shots at Bush, though they were mostly aimed at his policies. “That’s what happens when we use 9/11 to scare up votes instead of bringing together the people around a common purpose… We need to end the mindset that got us into war.”

But mostly, Obama went after McCain. “We honor his service, but his priorities don’t address the real problems of the American people because they are bound to the failed policies of the past.”

Then to wild cheers, Obama continued, “George Bush won’t be on the ballot this November.” (I think I heard Alan Colmes chuckling on the set.) “But the Bush/Cheney wars and the Bush/Cheney tax cuts for the wealthy, those will be on the ballot… Senator McCain said the other day we might be mired for a hundred years in Iraq, which is reason enough not to give him four years in the White House… I admired Senator McCain when he stood up and defended his conscience to (not) support the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy in a time of war, that he couldn’t support a tax cut when so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate. That’s a quote. But somewhere along the road to the Republican nomination, the straight talk express lost its wheels because now he’s all for those same tax cuts.”

Meanwhile, some “Alerts” on the screen hyped Obama’s victories and played down McCain’s: “Obama’s Virginia win makes 6 straight victories over Clinton” and “VA dem primary goes almost 2-1 for Obama over Clinton.” McCain, on the other hand, “edges out Huckabee in VA primary.” It’s true that Huckabee put up a good challenge to McCain with conservative and evangelical voters but he won by 9 points, hardly a squeaker.

The Obama speech continued after Hannity & Colmes ended and went into the next show. Unfortunately, my DVD recorder cut off a few minutes later, when McCain was speaking so I don’t know how much time he got.

Is FOX News hoping to get rid of Hillary now because they don’t like her and, figuring that a Democrat will likely win in November, would rather have Obama? Or are they undermining McCain's candidacy in the hope that 2012 will bring out a "true conservative?" Are they hoping Obama will get the nomination because they think he'll be easier to beat? Or do they just not know how to spin it other than the fact that they hate Hillary? I vote for the latter but I'll be interested to hear what our readers think.

I don't know about you guys, but Obama's speech gave me goosebumps and kept me glued to my seat, even though I had heard much of it before and I had groceries waiting to be unloaded from my car. Excerpts below.