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'Dayside' Back After Iran Fails to 'Pull Nuclear Trigger'

Reported by Judy - August 23, 2006 -

Regular viewers of Fox News' "Dayside," (few though they may be) must have been surprised Tuesday (August 22, 2006) to see the show still on. In fact, the audience may have been surprised to even wake up alive after "Dayside" co-host Juliet Huddy had alarmed them the day before by announcing that Iran might "pull the nuclear trigger as early as tomorrow."

Yet, here we all were again -- alive and well and ready for another half hour of JonBenet Ramsey coverage to distract us from more pressing matters such as the continuing failure of the Bush administration policy in Iraq.

After surviving that, however, "Dayside" returned to the Iran nuclear theme with yet another interview with Ghazal Omid, the same "Iranian expert" whose appearance Monday had promoted Huddy to issue the unfounded nuclear trigger prediction.

This time, "Dayside" attempted to take the edge off Omid a bit by pairing her with two other guests who were less alarmist, especially after Iran indicated a willingness early Tuesday to discuss its nuclear program rather than "pull the nuclear trigger." These were former New York Republican congressman John Leboutillier, whose credentials were never made clear, and Ambassador Edward Peck, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of Ronald Reagan's anti-terrorism effort.

Leboutillier and Peck were both critical of George Bush's handling of Iran, especially the public hostile rhetoric and refusal to meet with them directly. Even Omid called for private talks between the U.S. and Iranians.

Count this as a sort of "make-up segment." In basketball, when the refs blow a call against a team, sometimes they call a ticky-tack foul the other way to even things out or make up for the blown call.

Rather than admit that Huddy had made a ridiculous statement the day before (as a real news organization would have done) "Dayside" producers tried to make up for it with a slightly more rational segment the next day.