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Monday Morning Natalee Holloway Update (and not much else)

Reported by Chrish - April 25, 2006

Weekend TV news can be rather dull - which is why I look forward to Monday morning, as there is usually something new and different. My expectations were dashed this morning on the Fox 10 to noon segment, as the “news” consisted of nine segments on the latest Holloway suspect having been released. What made it even duller was the same film footage that was shown for each piece. Even the Duke case seemed to be on a back burner with this “new” information!

There were some other reports about gas prices, Iran, and the newest UBL tape (be afraid – be very afraid), but once again Natalee was front and center. John Scott did have an interesting interview with Peter Neumann (a terrorism expert from Britain’s Centre for Defense Studies at Kings College) about “Al-Qaeda on the rise.”

Scott asked Neumann if Al-Qaeda’s increased visibility is from a “position of weakness?” Neumann replied that Bin Laden is unhappy with the direction of global jihad and the sectarianism of the insurgency in Iraq. As such, he wants to focus on Western targets within the Islamic world. Scott, in true Foxian fashion, said, “apparently a lot of people (who?) are unhappy with Bin Laden and the hellfire that he brought down on his soldiers.” (Comment: “hellfire” – isn’t that rather biblical?) Neumann went on to say that there is a backlash against UBL in the Islamic world and that he is conducting a “last ditch effort” to focus on western targets. Scott then asked what “life is like for Bin Laden” to which Neumann replied that he is “holding out in western Pakistan.” Scott, ever the optimistic Bush cheerleader, then said “one of these days we’re gonna wake up to the headline that we’ve got him.”

Comment: It’s been almost five years since 9-11 and we’re still no closer to apprehending the man that Bush “wanted dead or alive.” Yet, while Fox continues to interview those who continue to say that Bin Laden is desperate and on his last legs, the tapes keep appearing. Bush’s attempts to catch UBL have been a dismal failure but you won’t hear that on Fox.


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