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Fox Reporter Takes Delight In Making Up Nickname For French Leader

Reported by Donna - November 14, 2005

On Studio B with Shepard Smith today he spoke with Fox reporter, Greg Palkot, about the car burnings in France. Smith started off the story with a sneer saying that this was the first time in almost three weeks that the French President, Jaques Chirac addressed the nation. He added, 'Did you hear that? The first time. Clearly, he's trying to stay away from this."

He went to Greg Palkot who was equally sneering about the French President.

Palkot told Smith that it had been 18 long nights of violence to hear from the man he calls the "Invisible Man" in this crisis. He added that Chirac "finally" went on television tonight. Palkot spoke a little bit about France extending their emergency power laws for three months.

To end his report he said that Chirac's spokesperson told the foreign media that they have been "misleading and using misinformation." Palkot said that he (the spokesperson) didn't say why it also took him 18 days to inform us (the foreign media) about our misinformation. Then he laughed and said, "I think we've pretty fair and balanced, back to you Shep."

Comments: I think it is not good journalism to come up with nicknames for the heads of other countries, but that's the Fox way. As far as Fox being fair and balanced, I wondered why Fox didn't cover the specific actions that President Chirac has set forth regarding assisting the low income towns around Paris.

From the article in the Guardian: The government unrolled a package of measures that would give career guidance and work placements to all unemployed people under 25 in some of the poorest suburbs; there would be tax breaks for companies who set up on sink estates; a €1,000 (£675) lump sum for jobless people who returned to work as well as €150 a month for a year; 5,000 extra teachers and educational assistants; 10,000 scholarships to encourage academic achievers to stay at school; and 10 boarding schools for those who want to leave their estates to study.

But, the story didn't really seem to be about the people who were burning cars in France and the underlying problems, it seemed geared more towards putting down France, her President, and coming up with a nickname for the President.

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