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Fox News: The Only Cable News Network That Didn't Cover This Morning's White House Ceremony re Rosa Parks

Reported by Melanie - December 1, 2005

As a rule, Fox News can't get enough of George Bush. Fox shows live shots of Bush walking across the White House lawn to his helicopter, greeting visitors waiting to tour the White House, walking across the tarmac toward Air Force One, disembarking from Air Force One, waving from car windows, making speeches, and listening to speeches. When Bush is in public, Fox is there. An example of how Fox hypes Bush is available here.

This morning (December 1, 2005) at 10:30 p.m. ET, there was a ceremony at the White House during which Bush signed a bill authorizing that a statue of Rosa Parks be placed in the US Capitol. Bush's speech lasted approximately eight minutes. Both CNN and MSNBC carried it live, in its entirety. After Bush's speech ended, CNN interviewed Andrew Young. MSNBC interviewed a woman who partook in the bus boycott that resulted after Parks refused to vacate her seat on that bus 50 years ago today.

Fox News did not cover the event. Not only did Fox not cover the ceremony, it made no mention of it. Brigitte Quinn was interviewing Robert Shapiro about kids and drugs at the time and then Fox switched to Bret Baier at the Pentagon for an interview with the US Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad.

Comment: Given Fox's obsession with showing George Bush whenever possible, its refusal to cover the Rosa Parks statue ceremony is noteworthy. What is Fox saying by its actions? Are images of Bush-as-Warrior the only ones it cares to transmit? Does Fox think Rosa Parks was an insignificant historical figure? Is Fox's racism and sexism showing? I say yes to all of the above. I know Fox would have covered the ceremony if Bush had signed a bill authorizing a statue for a white, male, military hero.

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