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"Anti-war sentiment has propelled Dixie Chicks to the top of the charts"

Reported by Chrish - May 31, 2006

Aaahh, how sweet it is. Let me just say that again........Dixie Chicks, top of the charts. Aaahhh.

That's the only mention about it though, in John Gibson's "My Word" segment today 5/31/06. (I will post a link when it becomes available,)

Amend 6/01/06: Hm, the "My Word" from today is at FOX News.com but they seem to have forgotten to put up yesterday's. I wonder why?

Rawstory.com writes:

As Taking The Long Way debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart this week, with first week's sales of 525,829, the Dixie Chicks have become the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1, breaking the record the Chicks established in 2002 when the group's last studio album, Home, debuted at #1 and made them the first female group ever to have two albums debut at #1.

With the #1 debut of Taking The Long Way, the Dixie Chicks have also become the first female group in chart history to have three studio albums occupy the #1 slot on the Top 200.

Taking The Long Way has achieved one of the year's Top 5 first week's sales tallies and has the best first week's sales for any female act on the Top 200 in 2006.

In addition to its chart-topping success in America, Taking The Long Way has just debuted at #2 in Australia.

Aahhh.

Gibson has technically "reported" the fact of their successful launch, but then used it as a launch of his own to go on a rant based on assumptions. He goes on to say that the anti-war sentiment has emboldened "legions of Bush-haters" and now it's showing up in a high-school in Massachusetts, where the principal is following school policy and not allowing two graduates to be singled out for public honors. The two are going to West Point and two military officers wanted to present their appointments tonight at a senior banquet.

School officials declined, citing the policy that only allows presentations of scholarships at the banquet. Gibson says to this: "Policy, my sweet patootie. One finds it hard to believe that this is not a basic antipathy to the military. What else could it be?" He can understand not allowing the dean of XYZ University to "bore" everyone with a laudatory speech but does not see how West Point could fall into the same category.

Seeing as how he just paraphrased the school's policy to tell us that only presenters of scholarships are allowed, one finds it hard to believe that he doesn't see that West Point falls into the "all others" category. It just fits the FOX agendas of demonizing public schools and fanning outrage towards the anti-war majority for their viewers.

On and on he goes, praising the students for their accomplishment and getting in a bash at - wait for it - the Dixie Chicks. (FOX giveth, FOX taketh away.) Quoting a former guest who said of Georgetown University (which he says seems to be becoming a bastion of Bush-bashing) 'What is this, a Dixie Chicks fan club or a university?" The same can be asked of this school district. He says that officials in Wrentham should be ashamed of themselves, and humiliated now that they've been exposed. After all, what is national cable "news" for if not to abuse editorial power for selective mortification of perceived and/or imaginary enemies?

This should be the end of the story, but it's not. Gibson aired his rant at 5:27 EDT. I fully realize that it is written ahead of time, but if one wants to advertise as"always live, 24/7", one should be sufficiently flexible to adapt one's reporting as news develops.

Fully 3.5 hours before "My Word", The Boston Herald on-line edition ran:

"King Philip backs off West Point ban
By Casey Ross/ Herald Exclusive
Boston Herald Reporter
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - Updated: 01:50 PM EST

Facing a deluge of criticism, Wrentham school administrators have relented on their refusal to allow West Point officials to honor two student appointees and will allow the presentations to occur at this weekend’s graduation, state officials said.
King Philip High School seniors Jeffrey Chin and William Small will receive their official appointments at commencement ceremonies this Sunday, marking accomplishments won through years of hard work and perserverence.

Gibson better not even think of claiming credit for the change. In fact, he owes the district an apology for humiliating them on national TV over a local issue that had already been resolved, locally.

And lest anyone forget what began all this,
DIXIE CHICKS #1, Billboard Top 200 and Country charts. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) I'm all smiles.

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