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Fox Panel Accuses ‘Liberal’ Media of ‘Tearing Down’ GOP Presidential Candidates by Reporting on Their Marital Problems

Crooks and Liars- By Heather
May 14, 2011 03:35 PM

This week on Fox News Watch, Fox’s excuse for a supposed media watchdog show, the host Jon Scott and a couple of the panelists, Jim Pinkerton and Cal Thomas all claimed that that mythical “liberal media” was just hell bent on tearing down potential Republican presidential candidates because they aren’t treating Newt Gingrich as a serious candidate due to his personal baggage. A claim that even Judith Miller found ridiculous.

And what other proof did syndicated columnist Cal Thomas offer here that the media is biased against all of the Republican candidates? The fact that the media has reported on Mitch Daniels’ marital problems as well. That’s some conspiracy theory you’ve got going there Cal. The press tells us the truth about how Gingrich has treated his ex-wives and that Daniels’ wife left him and came back, and all the media coverage on the Republicans is negative now. Wow. That’s quite a stretch there. And the coverage I’ve seen of Daniels on the matter hasn’t exactly been negative. He was portrayed as being a good father and doing the right thing and taking care of his kids in some of the rather glowing segments on Daniels that I’ve seen so far where this was brought up.

Thomas also trotted out the tired old talking point that if President Obama had received more scrutiny from the media about the Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers, he would never have been elected and that it took the conservative media to bring those things out. Thomas must not have been paying attention to Sean Hannity flogging these whipped up controversies on his show night after night that did get picked up by the rest of the media as well to the point that Obama felt he finally had to put a stop to it when he gave his speech on race in Philadelphia in March of ’08.

I guess Thomas also wasn’t paying any attention when Sarah Palin was out on the campaign trail accusing then Senator Obama of “paling around with terrorists” week after week.

The claim that President Obama did not receive any scrutiny for his ties to Ayers and Wright and that it would have kept him from being elected is laughable. That’s not going to stop the talking heads over at Fox from continuing to paint the poor downtrodden Republicans as somehow oppressed and never given a fair shake by the press and to pretend that Democrats get more favorable coverage. Just another day in upside down land at Fox.

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Exclusive: Cheney’s admissions to the CIA leak prosecutor and FBI

Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a still-highly confidential FBI report, admitted to federal investigators that he rewrote talking points for the press in July 2003 that made it much more likely that the role of then-covert CIA-officer Valerie Plame in sending her husband on a CIA-sponsored mission to Africa would come to light.

Cheney conceded during his interview with federal investigators that in drawing attention to Plame’s role in arranging her husband’s Africa trip reporters might also unmask her role as CIA officer.

Cheney denied to the investigators, however, that he had done anything on purpose that would lead to the outing of Plame as a covert CIA operative. But the investigators came away from their interview with Cheney believing that he had not given them a plausible explanation as to how he could focus attention on Plame’s role in arranging her husband’s trip without her CIA status also possibly publicly exposed. At the time, Plame was a covert CIA officer involved in preventing Iran from obtaining weapons of mass destruction, and Cheney’s office played a central role in exposing her and nullifying much of her work.

Cheney revised the talking points on July 8, 2003– the very same day that his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, met with New York Times reporter Judith Miller and told Miller that Plame was a CIA officer and that Plame had also played a central role in sending her husband on his CIA sponsored trip to the African nation of Niger.

Both Cheney and Libby have acknowledged that Cheney directed him to meet with Miller, but claimed that the purpose of that meeting was to leak other sensitive intelligence to discredit allegations made by Plame’s husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, that the Bush administration misrepresented intelligence information to go to war with Iraq, rather than to leak Plame’s identity.

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