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Still No Word from Fox's Brit Hume

Reported by Melanie - February 16, 2005

On February 9, 2005 I posted: Brit Hume: Resign. The post explains that on the air (on February 3, 2005), and without a disclaimer or explanation, Brit Hume, Fox News's most senior anchor, "quoted" from a paper President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered to Congress in l935. Hume's "quote" was a series of sentences taken from Roosevelt's paper and rearranged to falsely imply that Roosevelt favored private Social Security accounts.

Last night, President Roosevelt's grandson, James Roosevelt, Jr., was a guest on Countdown w/Keith Olberman on MSNBC. During the program, Roosevelt said this about Hume: "He rearranged those sentences in an outrageous distortion, one that really calls for a retraction, an apology, maybe even a resignation." Here is a transcript and a video clip of Roosevelt on Olberman's show from the website of Media Matters.

We reiterate our support for Al Franken, and now James Roosevelt, Jr., in their call for "a retraction, an apology, maybe even a resignation." In his capacity as Fox News's most senior newsman, Brit Hume is charged with delivering true and accurate information to the American public. Rearranging sentences written by a former president of the United States in order to falsely imply that he would favor the Bush administration's efforts to "privatize Social Security" is inexcusable. Contact Fox News to express your outrage at their hypocrisy. Fox News delights in attacking CBS's Dan Rather or CNN's Eason Jordan for what they say or do. Urge Fox to hold its own employees to the standards it sets for everyone else.

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