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Fox - Bush's UN Appearance Receives 'Less Than Enthusiastic Response'

Reported by Donna - September 15, 2005

Yesterday on Studio B with Rick Folbaum substituting for Shepard Smith, he went to a report from Wendall Goler on the President's speech at the UN.

While my fellow News Hounds have reported that it was hardly covered on their shows, Wendall Goler made an attempt to describe the response, the Fox way.

Goler reported that the president liked a British proposal that would force countries to take action against groups that incite terrorism. This was a problem, Goler reported because the UN can't agree on exactly what terrorism is.

Goler said the president said in his speech that the step to control rhetoric is the next step after global effort control of money and weapons in the world.

Goler then said that the president wants to enlist the help of the UN in spreading democracy around the world. But, on this point, Goler conceded that with the strong opposition to the war in Iraq, the UN gave the president a "less than enthusiastic response." He added that "many of the (UN) members mostly sat on their hands."

Comments: It's always so interesting at how Fox reporters carefully choose their words when describing something negative that has happened to the president. "Less than enthusiastic response." Does that mean that most of the world leader's representatives, strongly disagreed with the president when he started speaking about spreading democracy around the world?

And, how, exactly does the president want to "control rehtoric" in the world? What, exactly does he mean by this?

With the statement "many of the (UN) members mostly sat on their hands", I would think that Bush's speech did not go over very well and a "less than enthusiastic response" was the most polite way for Fox to say the president's speech tanked.

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