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Thanks, Alan

Reported by Ellen - September 16, 2004 -

Wednesday's Fox News Live with Alan Colmes (9pm - 1am ET) contained several interesting segments that were also genuinely fair and balanced.

First up was a discussion on the war in Iraq. The panel included the brother of a soldier killed in Iraq, now part of a non-partisan anti-war group, and a Fox News military correspondent. This was noteworthy to me because it seemed an attempt by Colmes to counter all the attention on Swift Boats and Memogate which he has complained takes away from the more important issues.

Later, was a very intelligent analysis of the latest news on Memogate. This is an issue near and dear to my heart for two reasons: One, because I happen to take a great interest in and am fairly knowledgable about document authentication; and two, because it makes me CRAZY that week after week, night after night, hour after hour, the media discusses Viet Nam-era military service without getting to the heart of Bush's service history. And I have gotten exasperated with Alan over this very point.

So, I have to give credit where it's due. Tonight, he went into the whole thing, including playing clips from the latest 60 Minutes II interview with Marian Knox, secretary to Jerry Killian, the purported author of the memos. Colmes played not only the clips in which she said she thought the memos were not genuine but also the ones in which she spoke about her recollections of Bush's arrogant, "I'm-above-the-rules" behavior in the Texas Air National Guard and the fact that she thought the substance of the questioned documents was valid. Colmes also relayed the substance of the now-overlooked documents uncovered by the Boston Globe via a Freedom of Information Act request. Those documents contradict the Bush camp's claims that Bush didn't take his physical because the kind of jet he flew had been phased out.

Now THIS is fair and balanced journalism and it strikes me as extremely ironic that the only Fox show where you have a chance to find it is on the one where the host admits to being partisan. Betcha the so-called fair and balanced Fox shows never discuss the Boston Globe material (except, maybe, Hannity & Colmes).