Friday, June 10, 2005

FOX News: Preznit's Own Network

Democratic Party Chairmen Howard Dean and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid held a press conference in Reid's office yesterday. The Washington Post has the story:

"It was a scalding day on Capitol Hill yesterday, and that includes tempers. Things got particularly hot during a photo op in the office of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) after the minority leader and his Senate deputies completed a 17-minute meeting with the hot-tongued Howard Dean.

About 60 reporters and cameramen attempted to shove their way into an office equipped to handle about 20. The resulting spectacle offered yet another distillation of why so many people believe that politicians and the media deserve each other...

...The press chorus then devolved into a cacophony of competing screams. (And Dean knows screams!) After several seconds, a booming voice cut through the noise. It belonged to Brian Wilson, a Fox News correspondent who was standing in the middle of the crowd. He asked Dean 'if people are focused on the other things that you've said about hating Republicans, about Republicans being dishonest and then this latest comment about the Republican Party is full of white Christians. You say you hate Republicans -- does that mean you also' hate white Christians?

Dean didn't respond and Reid talked about having a 'positive agenda.' Wilson was so insistent that at one point, Durbin asked, 'Does he run the press conference?' After Reid took the one question of the morning that was not about Dean (it was about Iraq) there were a host of disjointed and semi-decipherable follow-ups (none of which was about Iraq).

Someone asked whether Dean would 'change his ways,' or if he planned to be 'less confrontational in the future' or whether he 'regrets' anything he has said. An aide to Reid announced that the photo op was over.

'We'll decide when we're ready,' Wilson said. Later, Durbin would recount the scene with some exasperation. He chided the media for avoiding important issues in favor of trivial matters. "Please, for a minute, get to the substance," he said to a group of reporters. 'You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.'

John Aravosis from Americablog gives the story behind the story:

"Our sources tell us that a photo-op took place today with Howard Dean and Senator Harry Reid in Reid’s private office (these are usually secreted away in the Capitol Building itself, near the Senate floor). FOX News's Brian Wilson reportedly spent the photo op angrily interrupting reporters and shouting questions out of turn. After an initial swarm, reporters squeezed out the door. FOX's Brian Wilson was apparently wearing no credential of any kind (that wasn’t a red flag to anyone) and behaving "bizarrely angry" so the Washington Post's Mark Leibovich asked who he was.

We hear that Wilson 'went nuts,' responding to the Post reporter (whose credentials were clearly on display):

'Who the fuck are you?'

Gee, Brian, do you kiss Rupert with that mouth?

The Post reporter then responded that he was from the Washington Post and didn’t see credentials on Wilson and because of his incredibly pointed questions wondered whether or not he was a rogue Republican staffer!

As they raced down the hall outside the austere Senate chamber, we're told that Wilson displayed an impressive knowledge of four-letter words, and was incredulous that he would either not be recognized without proper ID or would be called out on being completely one-sided and working from GOP talking points.

See, and folks thought things wouldn't be nearly as interesting now that Jeff Gannon is history."

That's funny. The Post report only hints at the craziness exhibited by Fox News 'reporter' Brian Wilson. As many people have noted, Howard Dean has a reputation for craziness, but Brian Wilson sure sounds like he's stopped taking his meds.

Oh, and by the way: FOX News is 'fair and balanced' while the rest of the mainstream media outlets like Time-Warner owed CNN and GE owned MSNBC are 'liberal toadies.'

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