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Why Are Fox Viewers Choosing to Ignore the Good News in Iraq?

Reported by Judy - April 11, 2006

Fox News' lame attempt at a morning show supposedly lets its viewers decide what the news will be for the second hour. Surprise, surprise, "Fox and Friends" viewers on Tuesday (April 11, 2006) chose to hear more news about immigration demonstrations rather than news about Iraq. So if the news out of Iraq is as good as Fox News insists it is, why don't Americans want to hear it?

This "choose the news" segment is specious to begin with. Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy failed to disclose how many people actually emailed the show and what the breakdown was. And the show spent a good deal of its first hour on immigration topics, recapping Monday's demonstrations and interviewing the backer of a plan to build a fence along the Mexican border, most likely influencing viewers to believe there was a lot yet to be reported. The only segment on Iraq was a weather report (it was going to be hot there today). Furthermore, why does Fox News need any staff if they're going to let the viewers tell them what is important when they have no idea what else is going on in the world.

But the great irony of the choice for more immigration stories is that Fox News insists that the news out of Iraq is good. Why don't viewers want to hear more about that if it's going so well? Could it be that Fox News wants to distract American viewers from what is going on in Iraq?

Let's see what other sources reported as news from Iraq.

From Today in Iraq:

--Clashes in al-Anbar Province killed 3 U.S. soldiers.
--Fierce fighting breaks out in Falluja when American Army patrol was attacked, provoking five-hour battle that killed at least 10 people and wounded 60.
--U.S. Army vehicle hit a roadside bomb along the Ramadi-Khalidiyah highway.
--Roadside bomb attack targets U.S. convoy in Aanadi.
--Explosive charge hits U.S. patrol near Kirkuk industrial area
--Bus bomb kills 3 in al-Sadr City
--Car bomb explodes near Baghdad restaurant
Etc., etc., etc.

And over at Informed Comment, Juan Cole reports:
--A columnist who has visited Iraq since 1978 no longer believes that Iraq can survive as a country.
--Saudi Arabia believes civil war is raging in Iraq.
--Physicians in al Anbar province do not have enough medical supplies.
--Shiites fearing civil war are fleeing.

How can people choose to ignore such good news from Iraq?

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