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Brit Hume: Media Double Standard On GOP Wealth & Dem Wealth

Brit Hume explains the media's double standard when it comes to reporting on the wealth of Republicans and the wealth of Democratic politicians.

"It is not surprising to me that Join Kerry's wealth and the way he lived did not occasion much coverage or interest from the news media in 2004, just as the Kennedy wealth never really occasioned any unfavorable references when the Kennedy family was front and center in American political life," Hume said on the Tuesday night broadcast of FOX News' "O'Reilly Factor."

"It's just that Democrats with money look different to reporters in the mainstream media than Republicans with money do," Mr. Hume explained to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News. "And there's always something, there's some taint that seems to attach in the minds of journalists to rich Republicans that doesn't attach to rich liberals. And this Romney versus Kerry example seems to me to carry evidence of that."

"When a liberal uses his fortune or her fortune to advance liberal causes, that always seems to journalists to be rather benevolent," Hume explained. "When a conservative is advancing an agenda that has to do with light regulation or lighter regulation and lower tax rates and so forth, I think it strikes a lot of reporters as an effort to simply further their own wealth and those of people like them, and it seems to them not to be a very benevolent mission to be on, and I think that may account for part of it. But there's no doubt in my mind that what the point you're making about there being any logical bias is present."

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