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Anticipation - Fox Eager For Violence In France

Reported by Donna - April 4, 2006

On Fox News Live in the 12 noon to 1 p.m. time slot, Trace Gallagher was filling in for Bill Hemmer. Today's show featured many references to the protests in France. In fact, there were so many references to the protests that it sounded like Fox was eagerly anticipating violence to happen.

The first reference came at 12:05 p.m. (times approximate) and said there was no violence yet. At 12:06 p.m. it was mentioned again and Gallagher said that the protest was peaceful but these things could tend to deteriorate. At 12:08 they mentioned that there was no violence yet.

At 12:14 p.m. they went for a live shot in France and Gallagher said it was a smaller protest and that there was no violence so far, and he said, 'And we stress so far." At 12:17 p.m. they went back to a live look at what they called a massive protest (a few minutes before it was small) and said again that the protests had not yet turned violent but as they had seen in the past they usually did turn violent.

At 12:25 they reported that there was no violence to speak of. He spoke of it again at 12:29 p.m. At 12:34 p.m. Gallagher announced that riot police were facing down protesters. At 12:40 p.m. Gallagher reported that young people were throwing fruit at the riot police.

At 12:47 p.m. Gallagher reported that it was non violent but there were strong reports that the protesters were throwing fruit at the police. At 12:56 p.m. they went back to a live look at France where protesters were gathering and they were now getting early reports of youngsters throwing fruit.

Comments: The whole thing was framed like an athletic event where Fox was hoping everytime that they went back to the live shot of France that there would be more violence. Their eagerness was apparent in their statements and the number of times they went back to report on it.

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