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Another Day, Another Dollar Earned Dishing Out Pro-Bush Pap

Reported by Marie Therese - June 14, 2006

During yesterday morning's four-hour edition of FOX & Friends, the trio mostly covered tropical-storm-hyped-as-a-hurricane Alberto. Occasionally exuding what amounted to disappointment that the storm was such a dud, hosts Steve Doocy, E.D. Hill, Tiki Barber, Brian Kilmeade and Kiran Chetry covered the following stories, among others:

The Southern Border
Big news! Due to National Guard troops now posted at the border, there has been a 21% drop in Border Patrol detentions of illegal immigrants in certain sections of the southern border. Tiki Barber summed it up well: "This is in a county in Arizona where the 55 National Guardsmen troops from Utah went. It probably did scare them off a little bit. The problem is that they're probably just scootin' down another hundred miles or so and goin' in that way." Steve Doocy chimed in, saying "The Mexicans or the illegals - OTMs, other than Mexicans - who would cross into the country illegally, they understand that, if they're watchin' FOX News Channel, that the National Guard is for the most part unarmed." Comment: Illegals watching FOX News Channel?

Murder Rate Up
The violent crime rate in American cities is up for the first time since 2001, with the biggest increase in murders occurring in medium-sized cities in the midwest. Some big cities - New York, Los Angeles and Detroit - "saw a drop in murders". Comment: To hear the FOX business people talk, this shouldn't be happening because the economy is just so hot right now that almost everyone has a job.

Alberto, the Little Storm That Wasn't
Steve Doocy & co-hosts explained why FOX News spent so much time on "the first named storm of the season".

DOOCY: "And given the fact that last year was such a horrific hurricane season, that's why we're keepin' a special eye on what is goin' on down in Florida. We know a lot of people who live in Florida who watch FOX News Channel. We know a lot of people have homes down in Florida, the snowbirds. We know people who have relatives who've retired to Florida, so we know that this is a ...

EDITH ANN "E.D." HILL: So it's all about us 'cause we know people down there, is that it?


DOOCY: We sure do. And so we are keepin' an eye out on just what is goin' on [as things get] a little brighter down there in Clearwater Beach.

BRIAN KILMEADE: Steve, just watching Camp David, the scenes from Camp David, the President, you know, after Katrina, he's gonna make sure he's tapped in. Give a 1-800-JEB. He's gonna find out what's happenin' in Florida and make sure the White House is in tune to what might be needed in the region.

A few minutes later, FOX aired a clip of Gov. Jeb Bush making the usual strong-jawed statements about how prepared Florida was for the storm.

After Zarqawi
In an interview with Holly Bailey of Newsweek Magazine, Steve Doocy commented that the two-day Camp David summit had been scheduled "long before the killing of Zarqawi" but that the net effect presented to the world was that the White House was "making progress on Iraq and has got a strategy for how things are gonna play out." Bailey countered that, despite the protestations of the White House that the summit had been planned "for several weeks", this was "definitely good timing for them" because "the last couple of days have been a shot of morale for them". Doocy then plugged Bailey's cover story in Newsweek entitled "After Zarqawi" in the current issue.

"Floridians are addicted to FOX"
Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) came on as a rah-rah boy for FOX News, Gov. Jeb Bush and the administration. The Congressman was very disappointed that Floridians were not taking Alberto very seriously. Many residents simply ignored emergency evacuation requests, preferring instead to stay in their homes.

FOLEY: "So, when the Governor speaks about evacuation, we want people to listen. People have lost their lives in storms by not following instructions so it's very, very important that people pay attention. Now this is gonna be a lighter storm than expected but nonetheless it's an early warning sign for Floridians to ... prepare for storms in advance, listen to warnings, have adequate supplies - batteries, flashlights, water and ice - and don't expect FEMA to rescue you from storms immediately the storm passes."

Later in response to a question from Brian Kilmeade, good GOP foot soldier Foley bashed New Orleans noting that Brother Jeb's preparedness was "a startling contrast to what happened in New Orleans."

After a brief discussion of the need for hurricane precautions, Brian Kilmeade said that people should never watch a weather channel when there's a news channel with a great weather guy (Doocy).

FOLEY: "Well, that's what we see on FOX all the time. Floridians are addicted to FOX."

DOOCY: "Excellent."

KILMEADE: "There is no methadone for that."

Comment: Didn't Foley do a good job of lowering expectations of disaster victims? Instead of fixing FEMA, this administration tells its citizens that they're on their own. The methadone comment was icing on the cake.

Haditha Was a Righteous Kill, Not Murder
Neal Puckett attorney for Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, who is accused in the alleged Haditha murders, was given an opportunity to begin the rehabilitation of his client. Puckett flatly denied that the killings of 24 civilians were done on purpose.

PUCKETT: "Each house that they went into was fully justified in terms of the rules of engagement, either taking fire from a house or in hot pursuit of insurgents firing from another house. At another house they were just checking out suspicious activity and they didn't go in with the same tactics, but in all cases the Marines followed what was their training and experience level."

Comment: Sgt. Wuterich's comment is in line with testimony given by other Marines involved, but differs radically from accounts given by Iraqis who were also present the day of the killings.

Major Baghdad Security Crackdown, or "How I Learned to Survive While Armed Guards Patrol My Streets for Who Knows How Long and, Oh, Dear, Whatever Happened to Ali and His Family Who Used to Live Next Door?"
In a nutshell, the city of Baghdad is now under indefinite martial law which will be imposed by 75,000 uniformed soldiers and police officers.

Comment: Riverbend - Baghdad Burning reports the following on her blog:

"A new day for Iraqis" is the current theme of the Iraqi puppet government and the Americans. Like it was "A New Day for Iraqis" on April 9, 2003 . And it was "A New Day for Iraqis" when they killed Oday and Qusay. Another "New Day for Iraqis" when they caught Saddam. More "New Day" when they drafted the constitution… I'm beginning to think it's like one of those questions they give you on IQ tests: If 'New' is equal to 'More' and 'Day' is equal to 'Suffering', what does "New Day for Iraqis" mean?

How do I feel? To hell with Zarqawi (or Zayrkawi as Bush calls him). He was an American creation- he came along with them- they don't need him anymore, apparently. His influence was greatly exaggerated but he was the justification for every single family they killed through military strikes and troops. It was WMD at first, then it was Saddam, then it was Zarqawi. Who will it be now? Who will be the new excuse for killing and detaining Iraqis? Or is it that an excuse is no longer needed- they have freedom to do what they want. The slaughter in Haditha months ago proved that. "They don't need him anymore," our elderly neighbor waved the news away like he was shooing flies, "They have fifty Zarqawis in government."

So now that Zarqawi is dead, and because according to Bush and our Iraqi puppets he was behind so much of Iraq's misery- things should get better, right? The car bombs should lessen, the ethnic cleansing will come to a halt, military strikes and sieges will die down… That's what we were promised, wasn't it? That sounds good to me. Now- who do they have to kill to stop the Ministry of Interior death squads, and trigger-happy foreign troops?

One wonders how long this young woman will be permitted to blog her truth, now that President Bush has descended from the clouds over Baghdad and waved his divine hand in blessing over the new government of Nuri al-Maliki.

Karl Rove Dodges Perjury Bullet Thanks to His Lawyer Pulling a Denny Craine
During the show FOX News aired the same pictures of a happy Karl Rove hanging out with his good buddies, talking on the phone, rejoicing in his good fortune.

Comment: What struck me most was the utter silence of the prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Until I hear from him, I'll reserve judgment on Mr. Rove's guilt or innocence. Wasn't it just so convenient that Rove's attorney Robert Luskin just happened to have drinks with Time correspondent Viveca Novak (no relation to Bob Novak) who just happened to mention to Lawyer Luskin that her colleague Matt Cooper testified that he had spoken to Karl Rove? Wasnt it just so serendipitous that Lawyer Luskin and his client were able to dig up that one email that jogged Mr. Rove's memory so that he could testify at the last minute that he'd had a total memory lapse but now, thanks to the wonder email, SUDDENLY remembered that, yes, indeed, he had spoken to Matt Cooper?

Somewhere in TV Land, Boston Legal's Denny Craine is smiling broadly!

Inadvertent Truth and Bold-Faced Lie*
Did Ken Mehlman let something slip during his interview with Doocy, Hill and Kilmeade?
And did he lie about Harry Reid? You be the judge.

MEHLMAN (speaking about Harry Reid): "... Howard Dean was on FOX News Sunday and they said that if any member of Congress of either party had written letters on behalf of
Jack Abramoff after receiving contributions, would that be a problem? He said 'big trouble'. Turns out that's what Harry Reid did and that's what the Democrats did. So the culture of corruption was hurt when the Democrat leader in the Senate was, according to their definition, guilty of the culture of corruption."

According to the following account from Wikipedia", Sen. Reid did not write letters on behalf of Abramoff, but on behalf of Indian tribes that had themselves paid Jack Abramoff a lot of money.

"[Harry] Reid did not receive any contributions from Abramoff, but Reid had contact with clients and lobbying partners of Abramoff,[16] and Reid's campaign received over $60,000 in contributions from these groups, including about $50,000 from Native American gaming interests.[17] Several times, Native American tribes that were clients of Jack Abramoff donated money to Reid after Reid's votes produced favorable results for the tribes. According to an Associated Press article, "Reid collected donations around the time of each action. Ethics rules require senators to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest in collecting contributions around the times they take official acts benefiting donors." [18] Among dozens of contacts between Abramoff's lobbying team and Reid's office, were several discussions about a bill to raise the minimum wage of the Northern Mariana Islands.[19][20] Reid supported the bill, which Abramoff's clients opposed.

MEHLMAN (answering a question about polling on Iraq): "Well, I think that the fundamental question on Iraq - there's a new Gallup poll out this morning and obviously you don't want to go exclusively polls - that shows a 10% increase in the confidence that we're gonna succeed in Iraq. Look, this is the central front ...

KILMEADE: Since Zarqawi was ....

MEHLMAN: ... since Zarqawi was captured (my emphasis)

Comment: Wasn't the guy killed? I found this to be an interesting slip of the tongue, one that could add fuel to the fire among those conspiracy theorists who believe that Zarqawi had been a prisoner of the Americans for some time prior to his death.

* "Bold-faced lie" refers to a lie that is bigger. The term "bold-faced" refers to the dark, heavily inked print used in newspaper headlines.

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