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Like a Broken Record

Reported by Melanie - December 29, 2004

Fox News doesn't appear to be easing off on the fear-mongering even in light of the absolutely desperate situation in SE Asia. Today (December 29, 2004), during Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Fox devoted a good part of the show to reminding us that there is still an awful lot to be afraid of right here in the U.S. of A.

At the bottom of the hour Andrew Stack reported from Baghdad on what the "insurgents" and "terrorists" did today as we fight them in the "War on Terror" in Iraq.

Next came an interview with Rachel Ehrenfeld, the co-author of Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It. Ms. Ehrenfeld was on to discuss how Osama bin Laden funds his network and how much money he needs to operate it.

Immediately after Ms. Ehrenfeld came Graham Allison, the author of Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. Guest host Stuart Varney and Allison discussed the likelihood of there being a nuclear attack in this country in the next decade, how much enriched uranium would be needed to build a bomb, where someone like Osama bin Laden would get it, and whether or not he has tried. (There will be a separate post about this particular inteview.)

Next came Gary Hart, co-author of the 200l report: "Road Map to National Security." Hart said, as he has been saying for years now, that the US government hasn't done enough to secure our ports, to inform the public about what it has and hasn't done, and to invest more in science and technology to help prevent terrorism.

COMMENT: Four days after what appears to be the most devastating catastrophe in the history of humankind, Fox News apparently can't stop its self-centered, self-absorbed concentration on the United States long enough to show respect for what has happened - at least say, for a week maybe? I'm ashamed to think that Fox's international viewers are seeing this kind of programming right now. What must they think of us?

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