Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Fox News: DeLay's Bully Pulpit?

Do you remember the scene near the end of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" when King Arthur and his knights are trying to cross the bridge of Death? Each knight must answer three questions from a bridge-keeper in order to cross. If they answer even one question incorrectly, they will be hurled from the bridge to their death. According to legend, few are able to answer the questions correctly. They tremble in fear. Finally, King Arthur approaches the bridge-keeper and prepares to answer the questions. To his delight, the questions are quite simple: 1) what is your name? 2) what is your quest? 3) what is your favorite color? Arthur answer all three with ease is told, "OK, off you go" and he crosses the bridge.

I was reminded of this scene earlier this evening as I watched Tom DeLay's appearance on Hannity & Colmes. DeLay was playing the part of King Arthur and Sean Hannity was the bridge-keeper.

Look, I don't have a problem with a show like H&C where Hannity obviously overshadows Colmes. But how "fair and balanced" is it to give DeLay 20 minutes of airtime with no one but kissass Hannity lobbing the questions? I'm all for letting the Hammer have some time to get his side of the story out to the public, but this was a bit much. Let's see if Fox gives Ronnie Earle 20 minutes with Colmes without a rebuttal from Hannity. Not likely.

Care to watch the interview?[Fox News]
Read the indictment and DeLay's remarks.[WSJ]
Now what for the Republican leadership?[WaPo]
Monty Python and the Holy Grail.[read the script]


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