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No Michael Jackson? Push Missing Girl Story

Reported by Donna - June 14, 2005

On a day when the Senate was holding a hearing on the Energy Bill and Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) gave a particulary moving speech on protecting the eco system, the environment and our pristine beaches and of course, the continued violence in Iraq, I got the news from Studio B -- the 'news like no other' as Shepard Smith puts it. He's right about that.

Except for a couple of minutes spent on Michael Jackson (his lawyer says Michael will no longer share a bed with children), nearly the entire Studio B News hour was devoted to the missing girl in Aruba, Natalee Holloway.

Speculation was the theme to follow today. In fact, I think the News Hounds could have done a better job with a hand held camcorder and their own 'speculation'. It was absolutely painful to sit through and then review on tape.

One segment reminded me of a Seinfeld episode where Elaine says to Jerry (paraphrased) 'Women in panties, having pillow fights and jumping on beds, you really think this is what women do?' Jerry, 'Yes, I do.'

Rick Leventhal and Shepard Smith had been speculating on a pair of pink flowered panties found in a search area by a 17 year old Aruba young man.

Shepard said that he wondered if they had contacted her roommate to see if she saw Natalee wearing pink flowered panties when she got dressed that day. Leventhal said they could have contacted her roommate to see if she was wearing some other color of panties.

Perhaps I could have endured it if this wasn't the umpteenth time the panties were mentioned in the program (along with used condoms). I wanted to scream, "So, this is what you think women do, go around showing each other their panties?"

Then I wanted to ask Smith and Leventhal if Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity wear tighty-whities or boxers?

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