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Despite His Own Dismal Record, Fox News Keeps Trotting Out Karl Rove As National Security Expert

Reported by Ellen - January 5, 2010 -

As I have previously posted, given his dismal record on matters of national security, the only conclusion one can draw about Fox News repeatedly trotting out Karl Rove as an expert on terrorism, is to give him the opportunity to make partisan, political hay for the GOP on national television. Sure enough, that's what keeps happening and the hosts never seem to object. That scenario was repeated on Hannity last night (1/4/10), but with the added hypocrisy (and partisanship) of allowing Rove to attack Obama for exactly what George Bush did under similar circumstances. Not surprisingly, Sean Hannity made no attempt to correct the record. With video.

Rove told Hannity, "We got the gang that's not got its act together. First of all, I think it was a mistake for the president to have the incident happen on Christmas and for him not to be heard from for four days. The White House sent out its people to spin the press in that they were trying to reassure the American people. Well, I don't understand why keeping the president off the stage and then not having him explain it for four days is supposed to reassure us."

But as Media Matters noted, when Richard Reid, the "shoe bomber" tried to blow up an airplane shortly before Christmas, 2001, President George W. Bush was on vacation and waited six days before addressing the issue to the public. It's hard to believe Rove did not know that. He was a "senior advisor" to Bush at the time, "overseeing strategic planning, political affairs, public liaison, and intergovernmental affairs at the White House."

Wouldn't that be important information for the viewers of the "we report, you decide" network? Or is that mantra only for the "news" shows on the Fox News Channel, not the opinion shows?

Video via Media Matters.