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Fox Hypes A Terror "Threat" it Admits is "Bogus"

Reported by Melanie - October 7, 2005

The first 30 minutes of Your World today (October 7, 2005) consisted of six segments, all of them about terror, terror and more terror. Katherine Herridge was second in line. She reported from Washington, D.C. with "the latest" on the NYC subway "terror threat," which is either "credible" or "of doubtful credibility," depending on who you listen to. At the end of Herridge's report she told us of a new "threat" of doubtful credibility, that being a bomb threat made on the Washington Monument approximately two hours earlier. She said, "It is not unusual for opportunists to call in threats as we've seen today at the monument, a threat described by sources here in Washington as low credibility at this point."

That should have been the end of that, right? But no! Astonishingly enough, approximately 23 minutes later, Fox again went to a live shot of the Washington Monument and Cavuto said this:

All right. We're looking at Washington, D.C. right now. We're just keeping on top of this story, as our Katherine Herridge said, there's probably nothing to it but in these times you don't take any chances. There was a bomb threat earlier today, supposedly targeting the Washington Monument. Now we're hearing reports that they're kinda dismissing it, that the monument itself is going to be reopened very shortly but this comes after the New York City subway threat and this heightened sense of urgency in New York so, you know, this kinda stuff tends to roll here. Ah, but, it appears to be just that - a bogus threat - but they are worried in Washington. We thought we'd relate that to you.

Comment: When Fox devotes this much attention to a "low credibility," "bogus threat," you know Bush's poll numbers are in the toilet. Oh, and by the way, yo Neil, how do you know "they are worried in Washington?" Is that a fact you know to be true? If not, don't forget, editorializing supposedly belongs in your "Common Sense" segment.

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