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No Matter What The Breaking News Is Fox Can Still Find Time To Diss The NY Times

Reported by Donna - November 9, 2005

While watching Studio B with Shepard Smith today, almost the enitre show was dedicated to the bombings in Jordan. As usual, when going without a script, Smith made a mistake. Smith said that King Abdullah of Jordan was on his way to a visit in the United States and he spoke about this trip with another reporter, Steve Harrigan, who then said how embarrassing it was for the King of Jordan who was on his way to the United States to be hit in his own backyard.

About 14 minutes into the show Smith admitted he was wrong and said the King of Jordan was not on his way to the United States and that the King had no plans to visit the United States.

All in all a typical day on Studio B, but right before going to the Cavuto program, Smith said they had more breaking news going on. He quickly reported that Judith Miller, the NY Times reporter who had spent 85 days in prison had announced her retirement. Smith couldn't wait to get in his dig, "Difficult days for that paper."

Comment: That was it, 59 minutes and some seconds on the bombings, trying to wing it, and about 20 seconds on making sure he got in the NY Times diss.

The pace of the show was frenetic and sloppily produced. While I can understand having to wing it, they went from one reporter to the next with no continuous context, yet repeating the same thing over and over at a head numbing pace. I was glad to turn it off when it was done and put on something better planned and produced, and a lot calmer.

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