Fox News dedicated hours to coverage of tea party protests in Washington D.C. but ignored the National Equality March for gay rights. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart wants to know why.
Stewart blasted Fox News last night for covering nearly every anti-tax tea party protest (including one a producer riled up to get ready for a shot) but not sending anyone to cover the recent gay rights march on Washington.
Counting the minutes Fox devoted to the march, Stewart’s staffers found that the network had devoted just four minutes — despite the fact the protesters numbered 75,000 strong.
Fox didn’t even send a camera crew.
“You didn’t even send your own camera crew?” Stewart exhorted. “You have a Washington bureau. Tell them to go the window and point the camera down. Gay people aren’t vampires. They show up on camera.”
The march has divided gay rights supporters, some of whom have criticized the event as diverting resources from fights over banning gay marriage in Maine and other states. The march’s organizer, an ally of assassinated gay rights leader Harvey Milk, has said a state-by-state fight for gay rights is too slow.
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Oct. 13, 2009.
Two treated for deadly pneumonic plague in Beijing
Two people in Beijing have been diagnosed with the pneumonic plague -- a rare instance of the highly-contagious disease that is fatal if left untreated.
The two individuals were being treated at a central hospital in China's capital city -- home to over 21 million inhabitants -- on Tuesday, local authorities said.
Pneumonic plague can prove fatal in 24 to 72 hours and is the "most virulent form of plague," according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), while the bubonic form is less dangerous.
The patients are from the northwestern Inner Mongolia province, district officials said in an online statement, adding that the "relevant prevention and control measures have been implemented."
Venezuela ex-intel chief missing in Spain ahead of US extradition
Venezuela's former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges, police said Wednesday.
"They are currently looking for him," said a spokeswoman for Spain's national police, referring to General Hugo Armando Carvajal.
Judicial sources said police had gone to his house in Madrid after Friday's court decision but could not find him.
In mid-September, Spain's National Court had rejected a US extradition request, instead ordering the release of Carvajal, who served as intelligence chief under the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
How The Hill’s John Solomon helped Rudy Giuliani spread his Ukraine conspiracies
After John Solomon ran columns in The Hill that touched off a disinformation campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the publication had discussions with Rudy Giuliani about a business venture.
As ProPublica revealed last month, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas had helped arrange an interview Solomon conducted with a Ukrainian prosecutor who claimed the Obama administration interfered with anti-corruption cases involving high-profile people, including Biden’s son Hunter. Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, trumpeted Solomon’s work on cable news. The Hill articles are now a central component of the Trump impeachment investigation.