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"Only on Fox"

Reported by Melanie - October 25, 2004 -

Poor Fox, sometimes they look so foolish. Today (October 25, 2004) on Dayside w/Linda Vester, John Cookson filed a report from Baghdad. He talked about the 380 tons of explosives missing from the Al Qaqaa military installation there, air strikes on Fallujah and the fact that the US damaged a mosque, a Baghdad car bomb which targeted Australian troops for the first time "since the end of the war," a demonstration held in Baghdad by CARE employees calling for the release of Iraq's CARE Director, Margaret Hassan, who was kidnapped last week, and about two special masses held for her, one in Baghdad and one in Belfast. Cookson's report took two minutes.

Next, in a segment unique to Dayside called "Only on Fox," Vester hosted the good-news-from-Iraq segment, which, as she's fond of saying, "you won't see on the other networks." In this segment she talked about how a group of US soldiers in Balad, Iraq have repaired three schools, with "eight more to come," and how they've given stuffed animals, donated by their own families, to the children there. Vester's report took 40 seconds.

COMMENT: I applaud our brave and tenacious soldiers in Iraq. However, compared to the horrible events Cookson touched on, news that we've rebuilt three schools a year and a half after the "end of the war," tends to fall flat on its face. Poor Fox. They seem desperate for material to fill their "Only on Fox" good news segments, and it shows.