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Fox is Like a Zamboni for the Bush Administration

Reported by Melanie - August 16, 2005

Fox's Brenda Buttner substituted for Neil Cavuto today (August 16, 2005) on Your World. One of Buttner's guests was Ingrid Sanden, the mother of a now-2-year old daughter who is listed on the Transportation Security Administration's "No-Fly List." Sanden and her family were stopped last Thanksgiving and delayed approximately 30 minutes while airline officials contacted the TSA to arrange to have the little girl's no-fly ban lifted.

Buttner interviewed Sanden for approximately four minutes. To be certain that Fox's viewers in no way blamed the Bush administration for the fiasco, Buttner's last comment was: "Now, the Transporation Security Administration says -- basically administers this list -- tells the airlines not to deny boarding to children, so this was an airline issue, it sounds like."

Comment: It seems to me it's up to the TSA to coordinate this - all the way around - to maintain the "No-Fly List" and to issue guidelines to the airlines on how to implement the program in real life. It's the Bush administration's responsibility to make this run smoothly, yet leave it to Fox to blame the airlines, and to do so in a punctuation mark at the tail end of a segment, so "this was an airline issue" is what Fox viewers are left with.

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