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Fox Trashes Another Clueless Democrat. Fox Technique #963

Reported by Melanie - July 26, 2005

Neil Cavuto blew Tom Harkin (D-IA) out of the water today and I'd be willing to bet my sweet bippy that Harkin has no idea what happened.

Harkin was on to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which he sponsored in l990. Cavuto and Harkin had a brief discussion about that, after which Cavuto moved on to John Roberts. Cavuto wondered whether Harkin planned to vote to confirm Roberts to the Supreme Court. Harkin said he wasn't sure yet, he needed more information.

Cavuto moved on again: "Senator, let me ask, delving you, if you don't mind into politics a little bit. Ah, I remember when you, in the earlier Iowa caucus, ah, decided to back Senator Kerry. Howard Dean of course was pretty, or, backing Howard Dean and Senator Kerry was upset. What is the relationship with you and Senator Kerry now? I know a lot of water has crossed under that bridge."

Harkin said his relationship with Kerry, "is excellent. Always has been. Always will be. I have a great deal of friendship and respect for Senator Kerry. I gave him a full heads up when I ah, at that time endorsed Howard Dean. He knew about it. We maintained contact through the whole process."

Comment: Fox News portrays Howard Dean as a full-fledged lunatic. John Kerry is still a flip flopping, French girlie man. As soon as Cavuto reminded his viewers that Tom Harkin endorsed Howard Dean, and as soon as Harkin said he has a "great deal of friendship and respect" for Kerry, his credibility went out the window. He became one of them. Cavuto managed to link Harkin to two of Fox's most hated Democrats, and anything Harkin said before, or after, was forgotten.

Democrats, liberals and progressives may appear on Fox, but Fox discredits them one way or another. Until Democrats educate themselves about how to appear on Fox News, this will continue to happen.

UPDATE - 9:50 p.m. ET: Hummm. I wonder if this and this play a part here (I bet they do).

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