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NSA Spying Story Over, As Far As Hannity & Colmes Is Concerned

Reported by Ellen - May 13, 2006

One day after the bombshell that three giant telecom companies (Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth) have been secretly turning over information about millions of Americans’ telephone calls to the NSA, the story disappeared from Hannity & Colmes.

Right now, at 12:33 AM ET, 5/13/06, it’s the top story on Google News and there are 1,830 related articles. But on Hannity & Colmes last night (5/12/06), there was nothing deemed newsworthy to discuss – at least not in comparison to the “breaking news” at the beginning of the show about the results of a DNA test in the Duke rape case.

There’s plenty of other crime news that Hannity & Colmes also overlooked:

Presidential advisor Karl Rove has reportedly told President Bush and his chief of staff, that he will be indicted (reported by our own ChrisH, who picked it up from the internet, at least an hour before H&C came on the air). Not a peep about it on H&C.

Former NSA staffer Russell Tice will testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee next week that not only do employees at the agency believe the activities they are being asked to perform are unlawful, but that what has been disclosed so far is only the tip of the iceberg. (reported by Think Progress at 4:11 on 5/12/06, several hours before H&C). No mention on H&C last night.

Criminal charges against the former Number 3 man at the CIA are likely, based on lavish vacations to Hawaii and Europe he has been said to receive in exchange for CIA contracts. (reported by ABC at 6:12 PM, almost three hours before H&C). No discussion about it on H&C.

Yet at least five discussions were held during the "controversy" about Democrat Cynthia McKinney’s scuffle with Capitol Hill police and at least three over Patrick Kennedy’s car accident and possible DUI.

In his recent interview, Roger Ailes defended FOX News from allegations of bias by saying: Bias is not what you say; it's what you eliminate. We don't eliminate anybody. Everybody gets equal time.

What he must have meant is that all Democrats get equal time – as much as possible – when they can be accused of wrongdoing and all Republicans get equal time – as little as possible – when they are under suspicion.

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