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FOX News Hypocrisy: Natalee Holloway vs. Cindy Sheehan

Reported by Ellen - August 12, 2005

In what has become a nightly ritual, Hannity & Colmes did a lengthy segment Thursday night (8/11/05) full of outrage on behalf of Natalee Holloway's family toward the Aruban government for not properly responding to the concerns of the family about its investigation into her disappearance. Yet, unless I missed something, Cindy Sheehan, another mother struggling to get answers from a government - our own - about the loss of her child, has gotten no airtime on the program to date.

Last night's installment of Natalee Holloway Is Still Missing was almost 15 minutes long - an eternity in television time. It featured, as usual, the family's now-familiar litany of complaints against Aruba prompted by sympathetic questions from Hannity and Colmes. All this time they have been rehashing the details of Natalee's disappearance - with the family, the private investigator, the newspaper reporter, etc. - I have yet to hear anyone ask where the chaperon was the night Holloway took off with strange boys. Instead, all the scrutiny has been about what the Aruban authorities have overlooked or not done properly.

Earlier in the week, Natalee's mother confronted one of the suspects in an exchange filmed with a secret camera. The young man filed a complaint against her with the police.

Last night, Sean Hannity told the mother that "I really, really applaud what you did" and that he's frustrated with "the lack of answers."

Cindy Sheehan, on the other hand, whose son was killed in the Iraq war, is also trying to confront the man she feels is responsible - President Bush. Camped out in Crawford, Texas, where Bush is on vacation for five weeks, Sheehan vowed to remain there until he agrees to meet with her and tell her why the mission in Iraq was worth her son's life but not his daughters'.

Sheehan's vigil has attracted international media attention but little, if any, attention from FOX News' "talk show focusing on the controversial issues and newsmakers of the day," Hannity & Colmes. Why not? I know that Alan Colmes is interested in Sheehan's story because he has hosted her on his radio show twice (that I know of) and plans to have her on again next week. Is Sean Hannity only interested in grieving mothers who share his politics - as Natalee's family seems to do? Or should Americans seek accountability from only foreign governments?

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