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2005 In Review - Studio B

Reported by Donna - January 1, 2006

It' been great to be here this year with the News Hounds. Everyone has welcomed me and covering Fox always brings a steady supply of new surprises. Here are a few of my favorite posts. I started posting on January 23, 2005, so my one year anniversary is coming up.

During that time I believe I've covered the facts when it comes to Studio B. I've brought up instances of bias and given kudos when deserved. Too bad the kudos didn't match the posts that were biased.

Be sure and check below for other year end reviews from our other News Hounds.

Starting in February I did a column on whether Fox was having a hard time getting Democratic guests on their shows. Jane Skinner, the substitute host for Shepard Smith, admitted that they had tried to get a Democrat to appear but to no avail.

In another post in February we had Brit Hume expousing about how wonderful President Bush's Social Security Plan was. Well, we all know how that one turned out.

The bias continued in the spring when one of Fox's own analysts called the release of the Italian hostage in Iraq, unfortunate. The journalist who was being held hostage wrote for a communist newspaper, so I suppose her life wasn't worthy enough for Fox to care about.

In some of the better coverage, we had Judge Andrew Napolitano call it like it is when it came to the Terri Schiavo case. Shepard Smith was pretty factual when it came to covering the victims of Hurricane Katrina but even he had his not so delicate ways of putting things.

Twice within 11 days we had Shepard Smith announcing stories that would be coming up in the next segment, here and here, and neither story materialized. This was funny because within weeks Studio B added a new slogan to their opening statement, which made me think that Fox does pay attention to us here at News Hounds.

Perhaps what is the most upsetting is the gung-ho military analysts that Fox employs and the shocking statements that they make. They could certainly use a little more Wesley Clark and a little less Bill Cowen.

One of the fun things that we tried out was a live, monitored blog when the President gave a major speech. As 2006 develops I hope to bring some more 'prime time' live threads that we can watch important, breaking news and share it with each other on a timely basis.

Most of all I wanted to thank all of our readers and commenters and promise to continue to bring you the truth about Fox. Happy New Year to All!

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