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Colmes' Radio Audience Couldn't Care Less About The Natalee Holloway Story

Reported by Ellen - June 24, 2005

Yesterday was day three in Aruba for Alan Colmes. While his TV show seemed to be all Aruba, all the time (except for an update or two on the once-missing Boy Scout - Caucasian, of course), the FOX News radio audience continued to ignore all things Natalee Holloway.

Colmes aired an interview with Holloway's mother near the beginning of the first hour of the radio show. He said a few words about her composure and grace under pressure but also discussed some of the other, weightier news of the day - Karl Rove's insulting remarks about liberals, yesterday's Supreme Court decision allowing local governments to seize private property in order to make way for commercial development and the passage by the House of a Constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning. Unless I missed something, all the callers stuck to those topics plus a debate about child molesters during the second hour. Colmes takes a lot of calls but in the more than 2 1/2 hours left, not one caller said anything about Holloway, her mother, Aruba or the suspects. Hooray! How lucky can a Fox-watcher get?

As he has the other nights since he arrived in Aruba, Colmes noted the lack of interest from his radio audience in this latest missing-white-girl tale and contrasted it with the strong interest on the part of the television audience. In fact, the sad truth is that the television ratings for FOX's non-stop Aruba coverage trounced the other news networks.

Last night, Colmes attributed the disparity of interest between the radio and TV audiences to the fact that this missing-white-girl story is a visual one and therefore out of reach to radio listeners. I prefer to think that the radio audience, which includes a lot more liberals, is just smarter.

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