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The Devil Is In the Details That Brit Hume Does Not Provide

Reported by Priscilla - June 25, 2008 -

I know I’ve said it before; but it bears repeating. The Fox News “Grapevine” is done for maximum propaganda effect; with minimum attention to details which might show that the story isn’t exactly what it seems. And for those with minimum attention spans and knowledge, it’s just perfect. Last night’s (June 24th) Grapevine had one such fruit.

Hume’s lead off piece, “Resume Builder,” concerned Barack Obama’s campaign ad in which Obama states that he "extended health care for wounded troops who'd been neglected." Hume noted that the citation on the bottom of the screen was Public Law 110-81 and added that Barack Obama was one of six senators who did not vote on the legislation.

Comment: Fact Check.org reviewed this ad (title is “Obama polishes his resume”) and said this: “The only national law in Obama's ad is the one that "extended health care for wounded troops," and it's dubious whether he can claim full responsibility for that one. H.R. 4986, which became public law 110-181 in 2008, includes provisions from several Obama-sponsored bills. His ideas made it into law, but Obama was not a sponsor or cosponsor of H.R. 4986 itself.” But rather than admitting that Obama did have some input into the legislation which shows that Obama did, on some level, work to “extend” health care for troops, Hume notes that he didn’t vote on the bill. Hume also neglected to add that troop supporting John McCain did not vote for the bill. But here’s the question: when can we see a Grapevine piece on Fact Check’s analysis of a McCain ad regarding energy policy: “McCain's Power Outage June 20, 2008 Contradictions and misstatements short-circuit McCain's energy policy pronouncements"? Hume could, as he did with the Obama FactCheck article, tweak the title of the FactCheck article to create his title which could be “the lights are on but nobody’s home.”