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In Report About Georgia Run-Off Race, Democratic Candidate Lost in Talk of Saxby Chambliss

Reported by Melanie - December 2, 2008 -

Fox's Marianne Silber filed a report from Georgia this afternoon (December 2, 2008) during Your World w/Neil Cavuto about the run-off election being held today between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin. In it, the only candidate shown was Chambliss and Martin's name was mentioned only once. This "fair and balanced" report aired with 3-1/2 hours to go before the polls closed in that state. Fox, again, doing what it can to help its party backers.

The video is below.

It begins with Cavuto's intro over a chyron that read, "GOP Trying to Keep the Dems from a 60-Seat 'Super Majority'."

"Well to Georgia and that major senate run-off. Today the GOP trying to stop the Democrats from getting a 60-seat super majority in the senate. Our Marianne Silber in Dunwoody, Georgia. How's it goin' there?"

Silber:

"Well Neil, this race, this senate race here in Georgia, could tip the balance of power in the senate so it is very important and Georgia is the only state where voters still have to chose their next United States senator although there's still a recount going on in Minnesota right now.

"Now the reason Georgia is having a senate run-off right now is because of a rule that a candidate must garner more than 50% of the vote in order to win an election, even if they've already won the popular vote. Senator Saxby Chambliss ended up with just over 49%. Now voters have once again endured weeks upon weeks of attack ads thanks to millions of dollars that have poured in from senatorial campaign committees on both sides. Political heavyweights along with celebrities, ah, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney for Chambliss, rapper Ludicris for Jim Martin. Both candidates say this race is going to come down to the turnout in today's run-off. So far there's been a steady stream of voters here, about 100 every hour, so if that's any indication about what's going on in the rest of the state, this race is definitely still on, right up until the polls close here at seven tonight. Neil."

Comment: The two went on to talk about how Martin "needs a large percentage of African-American voters" in order to win and the Obama "momentum" might carry over into this race but still. Check out the video and look at the clips in it. None of them feature Martin. And notice how the only person Silber mentioned as having campaigned for Martin was Ludicris? Bill Clinton stumped for him as did Al Gore. Hillary held a fundraiser for him and Obama taped a radio ad for him. But the only name Fox mentioned was Ludicris? Humm. Interesting picture it paints.

And what's with, "...a candidate must garner more than 50% of the vote in order to win an election, even if they've already won the popular vote"? Who knows. After all, we're talkin' Fox here.