George Bush's final State of the Union speech on Monday was ignored by the networks' newscasts on Tuesday. CBS relented a little at week's end, assigning Sharyl Attkisson to a Follow the Money feature on her pet peeve--federal porkbarrel spending. The President received a standing ovation when he pledged to veto appropriations that contained undebated earmarked items. Attkisson examined the videotape in order to expose the hypocrisy of members applauding a ban on the very pet projects that they championed. Attkisson singled out Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Rep Jerry Lewis (R-CA) for their hollow applause--and offered a backhanded compliment to Sen Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for their intellectual honesty. Stevens "was one of the first to sit back down" as the applause ended and Pelosi "did not even pretend to applaud."
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