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Fair And Balanced? Karl Rove Analyzes Clinton Campaign For FOX News Audience: We All Think Clintons Operate In The Gutter

Reported by Ellen - March 25, 2008 -

If you ask me, Karl Rove is in no position to be accusing anyone else of playing gutter politics. But there he was on last night’s (3/24/08) Hannity & Colmes with an undisclosed axe to grind against Democrats. His “informal advisory” position and donations to Senator John McCain’s campaign were never revealed to the "we report, you decide" network's audience. Rove was the sole guest for a double segment of analysis gloating over the Democratic tensions in the presidential campaign. When asked to comment about the spat between Clinton-supporter James Carville and Obama-supporter Governor Bill Richardson, “fair and balanced” Rove said that Richardson need not have accused Carville of getting into the gutter because, “We all think that of the Clintons. I mean, that’s how the Clintons operate.” With video.

As Media Matters has posted, Rove is reported to be “informally advising” the McCain campaign and has donated $2,300. Rather than disclose that information, FOX News presented Rove as a neutral analyst of the Democratic race for the presidency. There was no Democratic guest given comparable air time.

During his first turn with Rove, Sean Hannity said, “After being called 'Judas' by James Carville, Richardson said, 'I’m not going to get into the gutter like that and you know, that’s typical of many of the people around Senator Clinton. They think they have a sense of entitlement to the presidency.'”

With bullyboy glee, Hannity added, “There is antipathy here at a level that – what does it mean to the Democratic Party?”

Rove put on his best “I hate to say it” voice. “Well, not anything good. Look, first of all, (Richardson) could have gone without saying that. We all think that of the Clintons. I mean, that’s how the Clintons operate. But by getting down into the gutter, he sort of, you know, he put a little mud on his own candidate.

“I’m not going to make too much of it just yet,” Rove generously allowed. “But they’ve had four days in which they’ve been sort of careening out of control… Right now, it’s just a little itsy bitsy thing. There’s plenty of time between now and the election for the last three or four or five days to be washed out of people’s consciousness. The question is, does it continue and does it escalate between now and April 22nd in Pennsylvania. My gut tells me – at least from the perspective of the Clinton campaign, it’s likely to.”

Why are we not surprised he would come to such a conclusion?