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Special Report’s Bret Baier Just Happens To Bring Up GOP Talking Points While Reporting About Obama’s Surprise Phone Call As “Barry From DC” To Radio Talk Show

Reported by Ellen - December 23, 2009 -

In the “Political Grapevine” segment of yesterday’s (12/22/09) Special Report, Bret Baier, the host of what Fox News presumably considers a non-opinion show, nonetheless took a gratuitous swipe at Democratic Governor Tim Kaine, and indirectly, at President Obama, during a report about Obama’s surprise call to Kaine’s radio show. With video.

As Baier explained, it, Obama called in as “Barry from DC” during Kaine’s final show “with some kind words.” Baier played a clip of Obama identifying himself and joking that he was calling about “traffic in northern Virginia,” as Kaine cracked up. Obama then added, “I just wanted to say how proud we are of your service as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.” And just as I was thinking what a pleasant surprise it was to see Democrats portrayed in a non-negative light on Fox News, Baier added, apropos of nothing related to Obama’s call, “The president, not surprisingly, did not touch on Kaine’s recently proposed tax hike, layoffs and deep cuts to the next two-year state budget. All have Republican lawmakers in that state furious.”

Gee, do you think that last comment had anything to do with Fox wanting to make sure viewers didn’t come away from that report with feelings all warm and fuzzy about Obama and Kaine?

As we have previously reported, partisan spin is nothing new on Fox's “news” shows.