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Brief Glimpses of News Other than the Pope

Reported by Ellen - April 5, 2005

On Studio B with Shepard Smith today, Smith is, of course, in Vatican City. We are treated to many pictures of crowds, crowds and more crowds. Maybe if they threw in some art or something, they could keep it interesting (no disrespect intended).

Studio B managed to cover some other stories - in 'small' doses only.

There were actually 2 minutes of coverage on the war in Iraq today. There were two car bombing attacks. The first one left one U.S. soldier dead and four wounded. The second one was a bit more intense. Apparently Iraqi soldiers had gone out on a mission to hunt weapons storage centers (we're still looking for weapons?) and were ambushed by several dozen 'dug in' insurgents. The fighting got so bad that the Iraqi soldiers had to call in the Americans to help. After 100 U.S. soldiers and some firepower were sent in, the firefight lasted approximately an hour and left two U.S. soldiers dead and several wounded. No report was given on the Iraqi soldiers casualties, if they did or didn't receive them was not apparent from this report.

The other news item was that beginning in 2008, U.S. citizens will have to start using their passports when they travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Panama. You won't need the passport to get into these countries, but you will need it to get back 'in' to the United States. Smith also mentioned that Canadian citizens would also need to use their passports to get into the United States. In the past, only a driver's license was required.

Other than these stories, the Pope story continued, with Smith walking up and down the crowds of people waiting in line to see the Pope.

Comment: I understand the coverage on the Pope but Smith got very animated when he spoke of the possible 2 billion people who were estimated to watch the Pope's funeral on Friday. We know how important ratings are for Fox.

I posted the other two stories, though they were 'minimized' on Fox, to show that there still is a war going on in Iraq, with soldiers dying daily, yet there was no mention of the casualties the Iraqi soldiers must have suffered. The other story was posted to inform everyone who doesn't have a passport, that you will have to obtain one to travel between Canada (and the other countries listed) and the U.S. in 2008. What's up with that?

Reported by: Donna

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