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Hillary Clinton, FOX News Fixation

Reported by Ellen - January 26, 2005

I really think the people at FOX News need some therapy in order to free themselves of their abnormal fixation on Hillary Clinton. It seems that at almost any time, during almost any story, a reporter might suddenly veer away from the subject at hand and drift into a Hillary Clinton obsession. Monday's Big Story (1/24/05) was another example.

In a piece that was ostensibly about Laura Bush's second term in the White House, FOX's All American Blonde Heather Nauert interviewed Parade Magazine's Lyric Winik about what we can expect. While Winik spoke about Laura's "bold" and "ambitious" agenda one Big Fact after another trumpeted Laura's not-so-bold or ambitious accomplishments - Laura Bush created National Reading Initiative, Mrs. Bush's Initiative Encourages Parents to Read To Their Kids, Laura Bush Helped Develop 'Healthy Start, Grow Smart.'

Just after this last "accomplishment" showed on the screen, Nauert asked, "How does she sort of combat the impression that some Americans might have that first ladies - with the exception of Hillary Clinton - tend to take on more fluffy kinds of issues?"

As the Big Fact told us that 'Healthy Start, Grow Smart' Focuses on Infant Development, Winik said that Laura didn't really take on fluffy issues. "In many ways, I think she's almost more groundbreaking than Mrs. Clinton (Big Fact: Mrs. Bush Hosts Regional Summits Across the Country on childhood development) simply because Mrs. Clinton clearly had a very strong personal interest in politics. Mrs. Bush is not intending to run for public office herself but she has tackled problems that are difficult problems in the US, especially with this next agenda. (Big Fact: Mrs. Bush hosts 'White House Salute to America's Authors')

Big Fact: Mrs Bush Works With Teacher Recruitment Programs

Heather Neuart then asked this ridiculously irrelevant question. "Does Mrs. Bush feel that Hillary Clinton was involved in health care reform, let's say for example, for her own political agenda because she eventually wanted to run perhaps for the White House but certainly for the Senate?"

Winik answered that one thing that's special about Mrs. Bush is that she's a very "non-judgmental" person. Meanwhile, the Big Fact on our screen told us more of Laura Bush's bold, ambitious achievements: Mrs. Bush Hosted Conference on Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers. Mrs. Bush is Only First Lady to Record Full Pres Radio Address. Winik said Mrs. Bush feels that women in her role should be free to pursue the interests that they have. So she wouldn't be critical of Mrs. Clinton.

That surely must have come as a disappointment to Nauert. The interview was over shortly thereafter.

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