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Sometimes, A Good Chuckle is the Only Response

Reported by Melanie - October 16, 2005

Yesterday (October 15, 2005), during Fox News Watch's "quick takes on the media" segment, one of the topics "discussed" (it took all of 90 seconds), was whether the US media will devote much coverage to the upcoming trial of Saddam Hussein. Host Eric Burns said the "trial begins Wednesday in Baghdad, or, Jim, did I get that wrong? I mean, it doesn't begin Wednesday," but, "is this going to be a lead story or has he faded from consciousness?"

Jim Pinkerton said it has been almost two years since we saw Hussein in jail, "looking like Homer Simpson," wearing underwear, "sort of shaggy and crummy." Pinkerton said Hussein, "lacks that quality of Hitler and tyranny and murder because he's had this sort of period in jail, so we'll see what happens in terms of coverage."

Jane Wells said, "I have a feeling the United States media are not going to give this that much coverage."

Cal Thomas agreed, adding, "I think he's been diminished ... we'll be on to other things."

Neal Gabler said, "He's no Michael Jackson."

Seconds later, Fox ran the following promo for a special program it would air 3-1/2 hours later (10:00 p.m. EDT): As video of Hussein flashed on the screen, an ominous-, anxious-sounding voice said: "Tonight! We take you inside one of the biggest trials in history. With eyewitness testimony, unprecedented access, and exclusive interviews!" An unidentified man said, "Once the trial starts, anything can happen." The announcer continued, "Tonight! Saddam Hussein on trial!"

Comment: Continuing in its "fair and balanced" tradition (just kidding!), the special was hosted by Fox News staffer, Dan Senor, the former spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority, and it featured a "rare interview" with L. Paul Bremer, the former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority. There are times when one needs a break from the heaviness of the propaganda, spin, and hypocrisy, and a good chuckle is in order, as it was last night.

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