Fact-Checking Howard Dean

Fact Check

On another network, former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean made a definitive statement about this network's coverage of the Shirley Sherrod story in the initial hours of the controversy. Here's what Dean said Monday after his weekend appearance on "Fox News Sunday":


HOWARD DEAN, DNC CHAIR: The fact of the matter is they were pushing this story very, very hard all day. It may be true that they didn't mention her name, but they sure did run the tape without mentioning her name.


Well, Mr. Dean, let's take a look. Andrew Breitbart posted the Sherrod clip on his website at 8:18 that morning. Here's a look at programming on Fox News Channel that day -- Monday, July 19 -- in fast forward. 

Beginning at 7 a.m. on "Fox & Friends," there is no mention of Shirley Sherrod and no playing of the clip. Not a single mention, not a single frame of that video hit the air all day.

By mid-afternoon, Sherrod herself said an Agriculture Department official demanded her resignation, telling her to pull over to the side of the road and submit it on order from the White House because, Sherrod said, the White House feared she would be on "Glenn Beck" that night.

However, at 5 p.m., Beck did not run the story or the video. Neither did this show, nor did "The Fox Report." It wasn't until 8:49 p.m. ET when Bill O'Reilly ran the clip, for which he later apologized.

But again, that airing of the clip was two hours after the official announcement of Sherrod's resignation and at least five hours after Sherrod said she was forced to step down.

Wedded Dis?

Chelsea Clinton's impending wedding -- thought to be this Saturday in Rhinebeck, New York -- is leaving some friends of the former president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton feeling left out.

The New York Times reports it takes more than a cross-country ride on a private jet to score an invite, as one Clinton friend complained, "I'm good enough to borrow a plane from, but not good enough to be invited to the wedding?" 

Sinking Stone

Filmmaker Oliver Stone has apologized for remarks we told you about Monday. Stone had told London's Sunday Times his next documentary would seek to put Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler "in context" and then derided what he called the "Jewish domination of the media."

In a statement, Stone says he made a "clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret. Jews obviously do not control the media or any other industry."