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Hard news hard to find on FOX and Friends

Reported by Chrish - August 28, 2007 -

Tucked into all the sassy jokey bits about Michael Vick, Britney Spears, Owen Wilson, the 100-year-old smoker, weather etc etc, were a few meaty bites of news. Unfortunately the friends at FOX don't go deep, and viewers only get their emotions teased - in this case the FEAR factor.

Paige Hopkins, the blonde of the hour, read some headlines. She announced in her best posture

"Al Qaeda has an active plot to hit the West. Now that is the word from the head of the government's National Counterterrorism Center. He says 'the US knows about the plot but does not have enough details to issue a warning or raise our threat level. He says the country is better prepared than ever to handle this threat, but he believes another attack is inevitable. More rain...."

Note that the official is not named and there is no context for the announcement. A quick search of the agency's website does not indicate any recent announcement. All the viewer gets is a jolt of fear, a reminder that we're not yet "safe," that elusive and unattainable state. And the beat goes on...