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How Long Can Hemmer Keep Actually Reporting the News?

Reported by Nancy - September 19, 2005 -

Today (9/19) on FNL, Bill Hemmer anchored the noon hour from St Bernard's Parish (LA). interviewing a number of people returning to that area to find their homes essentially destroyed. Hemmer did a good job with those difficult interviews, asking decent questions without seeming smarmy or ghoulish.

There was one segment where Hemmer interviewed 2 of FNL's usual talking heads:

12:23pm (EDT) - Hemmer discussed the apparent disagreement between Mayor Ray Nagin & Adm Thad Allen about when/if people can return home in NOLA, then interviewed Matthew Dowd (GOP strategist) & Rich Masters (Dem strategist) about that disagreement. Dowd & Masters indulged in a little of the expected posturing (Dowd: "The White House is fully engaged on this"; Masters: "Too bad it took them 3 weeks" to get to that point) but Hemmer didn't egg them on & the interview was rather low-key for FNL.

The non-Hemmer segments included unexceptionable reports from Jeff Goldblatt (in Algiers, reporting on people returning to that area), Brigitte Quinn & Dagen McDowell (in NY, reporting that Tyco execs Dennis Koslowski & Mark Swartz have been sentenced to 3-1/3 to 25 years in prison & $134 million in fines), & Janice Dean (reporting on Tropical Storm Rita).

Comments: Since actually being on the ground in NOLA & other Katrina-affected areas seems to have a salutary effect on FNC personnel (most notably Shep Smith & Geraldo Rivera, but also reporters like Carol McKinley, Adam Housley & Jeff Goldblatt), I'd like to see them move some of their prime-time bloviators there for then ext few months.

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