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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 01:54 PM
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UPI: Rumsfeld visits Iraq with only conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity: No pool reporters
Rumsfeld visits Iraq with Fox News host

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise whirlwind trip to Iraq over the weekend, taking with him only a conservative talk show host.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Ruff said Rumsfeld "was not looking for broad coverage" when he declined to take even a single pool reporter on the trip, which would provide news reports to all media agencies. Instead, he brought along Sean Hannity, a radio talk show host and a Fox News talk show host notably friendly to the Bush administration.

"As the outgoing secretary of defense makes one last trip to Iraq on a farewell tour, only one show has total access!" states the Fox News Web site.

Ruff said Hannity approached Rumsfeld about going to Iraq with him months ago and this is the only time their schedules meshed. He denied that the Pentagon was playing media favorites in an attempt to shape coverage of the secretary's final trip to Iraq and disputed the characterization of Hannity as a "journalist" and called him a "radio talent."

Rumsfeld was in Iraq for 26 hours. He conducted two "town hall" meetings with troops in Mosul and Al Asad and met with top U.S. military commanders, including incoming Multinational Corps commander Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad....

http://www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=2...
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RethugAssKicker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 01:56 PM
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1. What more proof do we need about Hannity?.... A complete
bought and paid for government shill !!!
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 01:56 PM
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2. Life's good in the glass bubble. nt
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 01:56 PM
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3. We're agreed. I wouldn't call Hannity a "journalist," either.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 02:14 PM
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4. The press management of this WH is sad and sick.
All of them are children and our lives are in their hands.

I am glad I'm old - we are in such a sorry mess.
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Shipwack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:00 PM
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6. The only thing sadder and sicker...
Is the fact that the press just sucks it up...
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 02:39 PM
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5. Hannity must have been down on his knees for this one.
More so than usual.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:11 PM
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7. His mouth was open too.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 04:43 PM
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14. So THAT'S how he lost his gag reflex.....
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:25 PM
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8. And now Hannity paints himself as an expert
Yep, based on 26 hours in the bubble with Rumsfeld, Sean Hannity can now bloviate for months if not years about what a great place Iraq is based on his personal experience.

One last parting gift from Mr. Rumsfeld, who's given us so many other things to remember him by.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:36 PM
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10. You are right
but I have to say that Rummy, no matter how horrible he is, has really sunk to a unforeseen low to take Hannity along with him. He could have taken any of the Fox reporters but them maybe Hannity was the only one left who wanted anything to do with him.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 04:48 PM
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15. They all do that. A totally sanitized, scripted trip and they're instant experts
Limpbag did the same thing in Israel, Larry Ingraham in Iraq, etc.

World-class phonies is what they really are.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 06:00 PM
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17. These Bush administration people know what tools they're using.
There's not a chance in hell they would take an actual sentient human being with them, only an emotionally crippled, intellectually dead, Hitler-in-waiting, who has control of a microphone, and will race off to spew to his/her mentally impaired listeners as soon as the trip's over.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 08:37 PM
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20. They're called puppets, only real puppets are actually smarter.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-13-06 07:08 AM
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21. LIke Puppet Charlie McKarzai "The Mayor of Kabul"
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leftofcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:34 PM
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9. Hey insanity!!!!!!!!!!
How many times did you leave the green zone and go out among the real people? Wot? None? Asshole!

Left of Cool
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:38 PM
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11. Please please please tell me there is one of these photos of Hannity
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:46 PM
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12. I'd forgotten that pic -- LOL! nt
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 06:07 PM
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18. Is the one on the left Tony Snow?? The other one Rep. Jack Kingston?





Kingston


The one on the left looks manipulative.
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maxrandb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 03:51 PM
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13. It's hard to sink much lower
when your White House Press Secretary is a Freeper, but just when I think this mis-administration has hit rock bottom...they start to dig!
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 04:49 PM
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16. They have to look straight up to see the curb......................
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 06:36 PM
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19. They don't even pretend to hide their contempt for American Values.
such as freedom of speech. Open government. You know, pesky shit like that.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-13-06 09:06 AM
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22. If two Shits ever deserved each other....
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