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Fox Nation Adopts Conservative Talking Point About Sen. Baucus "Drunken Tirade" As Their Own

Reported by Ellen - December 28, 2009 -

As Politico notes, a YouTube video of Sen. Max Baucus slurring his words in an impassioned speech about health care has generated a lot of conservative buzz suggesting he was drunk. I watched the video (after the jump) and did not think Baucus was intoxicated. To me, he seemed tired. Or maybe he just talks that way. But rather than investigate or report on other reasons that could cause him to appear drunk or even point out that it's an unsubstantiated rumor, Fox Nation jumped to the conclusion that it was true.

The Fox Nation headline "asks," "Was Sen. Baucus Drunk on the Senate Floor?" But then Fox Nation answered its own question by announcing in its first sentence, that Baucus had engaged in "a drunken tirade:"

During the general debate on the health care legislation that recently passed the Senate, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat from Montana, took to the floor of the Senate and engaged in a drunken tirade. Oblivious to the fact that he was slurring his words and mangling his sentences, Senator Baucus shouted down opponents as he let loose a rambling, and at times incoherent, tirade against those dastardly Republicans who refused to be bipartisan.

It turns out that Fox Nation lifted that paragraph, word for word, from a David Horowitz site. So, since Fox Nation still boasts about its "fair and balanced coverage of the news," where's the balance from a Democrat or a liberal? And where's the fairness offering not only other explanations for Baucus' speech patterns but also explaining why he was so upset with Republicans? Nowhere to be found.

The same Fox Nation page also questions why Baucus' "bizarre behavior" was ignored by the mainstream media. Fox must think it's the same reason Fox news ignored the bizarre behavior of Ann Coulter the night she was obviously spaced out and incoherently answered "boombox" when host Alan Colmes asked her for details about a speech she had just given.