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Where's the Coverage?

Reported by Judy - June 16, 2004 -

Remember when Condi Rice went before the 9/11 Commission to explain why Richard Clarke was wrong about the Bush administration's handling of terrorism? Live coverage ....

beginning with her swearing in.

Fox's approach was different on June 16 when the 9/11 commission began looking into the administration's military response in the first hour after the attacks. The commission, today and tomorrow, will be looking into why Bush was allowed to sit in a classroom in Florida for several minutes after the attack, why an order to shoot down the planes from VP Cheney was not followed, and so on. (Why did the order come from CHENEY, for crying out loud?)

At 8:12 a.m. EDT on "Fox and Friends," Fox reported that there was some evidence the attack on 9/11 was delayed (an old story from yesterday) and at 8:37 a.m. Pattie Ann Browne reported the hearings were beginning. During "Fox News Live with Jon Scott," at 9:12 a.m., Scott noted that the commision would be asking "critical questions of what could have been done to stop the attacks." Rather than cut to live coverage, Scott said, "We'll have updates throughout the day."

The commission hearings didn't even make "Fox Tops," the sometimes-list of three top stories Fox is following. What did make the list? Bush's planned speech to troops at Fort MacDill in Tampa, Florida, which was not only promoted several times but broadcast live.

At 9:19 a.m. EDT, Scott admonished viewers, "You don't want to miss President Bush's speech to the troops." The 9/11 commission, though, you can live without.