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Fox's Doocy Omits Key Facts in Budget Deficit Story

Reported by Judy - January 26, 2007 -

Still concentrating on yesterday's news, "Fox and Friends" on Friday (January 26, 2007) announced that the federal budget deficit may be eliminated by 2012. But they left out the fine print. With video.

The basic story, a report from the Congressional Budget Office, was in Thursday's New York Times.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade introduced the segment by suggesting that viewers won't be hearing the news elsewhere, even though the story had been reported 24 hours earlier by other news organizations such as the Times. Then he went on to claim that George Bush's tax cuts were helping cut the budget deficit. He didn't mention, of course, that the nation had a budget surplus when Bush came into office.

Then co-host Steve Doocy took over and touted the report's conclusion that the federal budget deficit could be eliminated by 2012.

What Doocy left out was that the report said that assumes that Bush's tax cuts, which expire in 2010, are not renewed.

Details, details. The devil is in the details.