PLUS: New Poll Suggest the Former GOP Majority Leader is in Trouble with Constituents
By Brad Friedman on 12/5/2005, 6:49pm PT  

As former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay received troubling legal news today in Texas where he's been indicted on several charges related to money-laundering campaign contributions for Republican candidates, Fox "News" did their best to buck up the spirits of "The Hammer".

The judge in the case rejected DeLay's motion to drop all charges, though he did toss out one charge for "conspiracy" which hadn't yet been against the law in Texas at the time DeLay allegedly conspired. The decision now paves the way for the criminal trial to begin and for DeLay to be permanently replaced in his House leadership position.

But we hope you "Fair and Balanced" zombies out there will note how it was reported via several different Email Alerts today:

From Yahoo Email Alert...

Subject: Breaking News

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas judge has refused to dismiss money laundering charges against Rep. Tom DeLay but threw out conspiracy charges.

From CNN Email Alert...

Subject: CNN Breaking News

-- Judge tosses conspiracy charges against ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, but allows money-laundering charges, according to AP.

And finally, from "We Report, You Decide" Fox "News" Email Alert...

Subject: FNC Alert

TEXAS JUDGE DROPS CONSPIRACY CHARGES AGAINST REP. TOM DELAY

Sigh...

Meanwhile, on the tube version of the above Alert, John Gibson's plans to mislead are quashed by Judge Andrew Nepalitano who manages to sneak a bit of truth past the Fox police:
-- Fox News Video in Windows Media format...

And yet, despite FNC's failure to inform Americans about what's really going on in their Government (or perhaps more accurately, their demonstrated attempt to misinform them), it seems the message is getting out anyway. More bad news tonight for Tom DeLay, this time from his own home district in Houston, courtesy of Jesse at Stakeholder who also has additional info there on the battle brewing to replace DeLay permanently in the House Leadership...

CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP POLL (December 1-4)

TEXAS DISTRICT 22

QUESTION: If Tom DeLay runs for re-election in 2006, in general, are you more likely to vote for the Republican candidate Tom DeLay or for the Democratic Party's candidate for Congress?

Democrat 49%
Tom DeLay 36%

Opinion of Tom DeLay

Favorable 37%
Unfavorable 52%
Unfamiliar 11%

Charges Against DeLay Are...

Definitely true 15%
Probably true 40%
Probably false 26%
Definitely false 8%

(A well overdue hat-tip to BRAD BLOG's not-so-secret weapon David Edwards for his "News Alert" info!)