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Trivia Muscles out Happy Iraq

Reported by Judy - June 23, 2004 -

There aren't many news stories that Fox News likes better than ones about how swimmingly things are going in Iraq. On June 23, Fox and Friends co-hosts had one of those good-news stories that they promoted throughout the hour, only to give it short shrift when they finally got to it.

The problem was that Fox and Friends likes video of police chases even better than good news out of Iraq. From 8:22 a.m. EDT to 8:41 a.m. EDT, Fox aired a live chase of a stolen car in Compton, California. It was 5 a.m. there, the streets were deserted, and the car wasn't going very fast. It was boring, but Steve Doocy, E.D. Hill, and Brian Kilmeade found it riveting. They got a little quiet when the cops got the guy on the ground and one of them started beating him with a flashlight. "He could be going for a weapon," said Hill, rationalizing the cop's actions.

They spent so much time on the car chase that at 8:57 a.m., when they finally got to the good news story about an army private who saved the life of a young Iraqi boy suffering from heat stroke, they gave the private barely enough time to describe the incident. "I apologize for the time, it's so short," Doocy told the private.

Well, the private is lucky that the driver of the stolen car hit a dead end and was captured or the Fox trio would never have cut away from the chase.