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Yesterday's News Dominates 'Fox and Friends'

Reported by Judy - January 25, 2007 -

What happens to an ideaologically-driven news program when the news for your side is so bad nobody wants to hear it? You recycle yesterday's news.

That is what is happening with "Fox and Friends," as its performance on Thursday (January 25, 2007) shows.

The co-hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade spent several segments reprising stories they had done previously: where was the first hamburger made, should a family have been removed from an Air Tran flight because their three-year-old would not sit down and have her seat belt buckled; some lights spotted in the sky in Arkansas that could be UFOs, and a bitter divorce between a Brooklyn couple who split their house in two.

The Trio of Trivia also gave a lot of air time to a Hollywood fund-raiser for Barack Obama, which supposedly shows Hillary Clinton is in trouble, to video of a Minnesota Republican congresswoman who mugged George Bush overly long at the State of the Union speech, and to John Kerry saying he is not running for president in 2008.

But important new news was absent without explanation -- especially news about the Scooter Libby perjury trial. Libby's trial is at least as important to the nation as that of Martha Stewart's, which was the subject of frequent updates on Fox News when that was going on. But Fox News does not appear to be even staffing this trial, although Washington-based Megyn Kelly had enough spare time Thursday to bring us an update on the Duke lacrosse case.

If Kelly was busy, why didn't Doocy just read a few lines from The New York Times, which ran a story Thursday morning analyzing Libby's attorneys decision to paint him as a scapegoat thrown overboard by the administration in order to protect Karl Rove?

Too embarrassing for Bush? Surely, the Fox News bookers could have found somebody to spin this in a positive way for the administration.

The trial so far includes a lot of rehashing of the runup to the war, as this summary from Huffington Post shows.

Too many bad memories for Fox News viewers?