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Horrific News Out of Iraq - Or How I Stopped Fretting About The Current Deaths And Concentrated On Former Ones

Reported by Donna - December 27, 2005

While the segment on Studio B with Rick Folbaum filling in for Shepard Smith talked about the horrific mass grave found in Iraq, Fox didn't seem to find the news of the past few days as 'horrific.'

Folbaum opened up the story saying that there was horrific news about a mass grave in Iraq. A mass grave with about 20 bodies was found in Iraq, possibly from 1991, and some Americans might be buried there (Comment: Weren't we fighting them in a war in 1991?). The other news from Iraq was that about 45 people were dead in Iraq from the last two days and that 2 soldiers had perished in an Apache helicopter crash today. Also, it was reported that an oil pipeline north of Bagdad had been blown up.

Comments: The whole show was so boring, they spent most of the show talking about a plane that was going to land at LAX because of an indicator light that had come on saying a cargo door might or might not have closed. It landed safely. We also got the exciting news that the president was back in Crawford, Texas clearing brush. (Yes, they did report this)

The news in Iraq focused on how horrific it was that a mass grave from 1991 had been found in Iraq. The rest of the news in Iraq, that over 40 people had died in the last two days, 2 soldiers died in an Apache helicopter crash today and thatan oil pipeline had been blown up north of Baghdad was delivered very matter of factly. Like, this is to be expected. They touched briefly on the thousands of protesters who were demonstrating about the legality of the vote in Iraq.

I just feel like Fox is being hypocritical by saying how horrific it was that a mass grave of 20 was found from 1991, but reported the deaths over the past two days of about 45 people like it was 'business as usual.' The shiny, happy gleem has come off the brief respite of the Iraqi elections, but it doesn't horrify Fox.

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