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Fox covers John Bolton Confirmation Hearings in Depth - NOT

Reported by Donna - April 12, 2005

After watching CNN and listening to Air America yesterday, I tuned into Studio B to see what the news was on John Bolton's Confirmation Hearings for the U.S. U.N. Ambassador position.

The first half hour passed, no John Bolton, but a 'positive' Iraq story that was repeated and elaborated on in the second half hour. A little into the second half hour and we had our story.

Here is how Fox covered it. Jane Skinner was substituting for Shepard Smith and she announced that Bolton was going into a neutral corner regarding the U.N. position and that many Democrats were not sold. She went on to say that John Bolton said he was "ready to work with all to build a better and stronger world today."

Skinner said that Bolton rejected charges that he tried to 'punish' intelligence analysts who did not agree with him on intelligence from Cuba and Syria.

Comment: That was it. There was some strong questioning on the part of the Senate Committee to Bolton that went on yesterday, some of it very striking. There are quotes of Bolton's that have been played on other channels and on the radio, where he says the U.N. doesn't exist and if they lost the top 10 floors of the U.N. building, it would be no big deal. This is where reporting comes in to play, but Fox chose a 30 second blurb, not a hard hitting story. Their viewers remain totally in the dark.

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