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George Bush's Wishlist

Reported by Janie - August 9, 2005

Yesterday (8/8) on Dayside, guest-host Mike Jerrick conducted a brief segment on the recent energy bill that has just been passed. Jerrick began the segment by stating that President Bush has finally gotten something that has been on his wishlist for the past 5 years.

He turned the segment over to Mike Emmanuel who gave a more "detailed" explination of what the bill entails: "Supporters of the legislation call it the first comprehensive energy law to be created in 13 years, and those backing the plan say it takes positive steps toward improving energy supplies, boosting energy conservation, and developing the new energy technology that will be needed in the future. Both the White House and critics of the legislation admit it will not do anything right away to bring down high fuel prices which many American consumers and small businesses notice at the gasoline pump, and critics say they wish it did more to wean Americans from using so much oil."

Comments: Actually, Emmanuel didn't quite get the full story here. He mentions what the "critics" say very briefly, but never actually delves into any of the points that these critics have issue with. The information that Fox chooses to neglect, is that the bill doesn't actually do much to stem our dependency on foreign oil. At very best, according to analysts, the bill will very slightly slow the rate of growth of dependence. Fox also neglects to mention that the bill gives $2.7 billion in tax breaks to oil corporations, oil corporations that are already making billions of dollars in profits per quarter.

This would normally be a perfect opportunity for Fox to rip into Democrats or the critics of the bill, but rather than having to discuss what the bill actually contains, they simply ignore the complaints of the critics, in order to keep the audience in the dark and lead them to believe that this truly is the "first comprehensive energy law in 13 years".

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