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Alone among networks, Fox News gives Bush homecoming cheer

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials sometimes let it be known that they stuck with Fox News for their informational needs. And on Tuesday, Fox News returned the favor, even as the rest of Washington remained gripped by Obama fever. 

Late Tuesday afternoon, Fox News was the only major national TV outlet that carried a live telecast of former President Bush's homecoming speech to cheering supporters in Midland, Texas.

"Sometimes what I did wasn't popular," a smiling Bush told the crowd. "But that's OK. I always did what I thought was right."

The rest of the networks, however, did not see the Bush address as news fit to broadcast. At 6:40 p.m. EST, MSNBC was in the middle of "Hardball," with host Chris Matthews and guests batting around the meaning of Obama's swearing-in. CNN was carrying live ongoing coverage of the final moments of the inaugural parade, with the Obamas beaming from the White House reviewing stand.

The broadcast networks likewise did not cover the Bush speech. At least in Los Angeles, both KCBS-Channel 2 and KNBC-Channel 4 had returned to regular syndicated programming ("Judge Judy" and "Deal or No Deal"). KABC-Channel 7 was airing local news.

-Scott Collins 

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Fox News would be expected to cover the disgraced President's return to Texas since it has been the propaganda arm of his administration for the last eight years.

The question would be: in previous Presidential handovers, was the outgoing homecoming carried by various TV networks...?

Thank you Los Angeles Times for sharing this information. Journalism died as a worthy profession in America in 2008. President Bush was treated in a manner that not even serial killers receive from the national press. The event in Midland, Texas was wonderful and those of us who love President Bush and honor his service as among the most courageous of presidents thank Fox News and you. And thank God for C-SPAN.

"in previous Presidential handovers, was the outgoing homecoming carried by various TV networks...?"

Yes. I watched Clinton's departure and arrival at Andrews AFB on FOX (!), accompanied by snarky comments from various FOX commentators, then later briefly watched his arrival at Littlerock, AR.

Oh Connie,
Please come off the edge....

Well done Fox!!!!!! Bush Rules!!

Is that really a suprise? To the previous post, Fox News is a HUGE reason real television journalism is dead. Was Sean Hannity at the parade?

Both the networks and the local stations made the appropriate call. Today was not about refashioning history, nor was it about a matter lacking any genuine newsworthiness. Our local channels--like most local channels everywhere--have neither the commitment nor now the resources to provide solid reporting, so that they may be excused their pablum. Nevertheless, real focus in the midst of so much news this remarkable day required exactly the decision that the major networks made.

By the way, did Fox cover Clinton's homecoming in 2001?

I am happy for President Bush now without the load of Top Servant 24x7 for us all. He is living a normal life tonight after 2 terms of courageous leadership and responsible service. He is a man of dignity who did right by not reacting to the the media slants. When we display or make envious, unhappy or disgraceful comments about others we really are describing ourselves - you have to be one to know one. Thank you President Bush! and God help President Obama
to serve us well and keep us safe and secure.

Well this just shows how slanted Fox News is.

Thank you Constance Morrow for expressing my sentiments so precisely and so eloquently.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH Of course. Fox stands alone in it's support of the War Criminal.

Why would the peaceful handoff of power, where a president hands his position off under the most peaceful setting, be allowed to be covered for five minutes returning home. My question isn't why Fox News covered it, but why the others did not. THis part of our democracy is what makes it great, and we should see how a man who cedes power transitions home. Look at things from all points of view and stop labeling and hating everything not Obama.

LOL The Dumbo News Network

not surprising that coverage was limited to FauxNews. it is a fitting end to a presidency that saw the world through blinders and brought shame and ruin to the nation. those of you who approved of his "service" deserved nothing more.

President Bush has served our country for the past 8 years, and whether you supported his decisions or not, he deserves the same level of respect as any past or present President. I cannot believe the hipocracy of many statements regarding politics in the past few months. It is so easy for people to condemn President Bush, yet snap at any negative comments made towards President Obama. Our country is based on the principles that every citizen is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions. For someone to say that a man who has served our armed forces, the state of Texas, and as Commander in Chief does not deserve equal respect is absolutely appauling. I wish both President Bush and President Obama all the best.

I love GW Bush, I love the job he did, his humor and wonderful speeches, his faith in what he thought was right...what a man. There is something about him that is very right and I totally miss him already. A great president and a man true to beliefs. Thank you Fox news, thank you Texas, thank you Laura, thank you Mr. Cheney, thank you Ms. Rice, and thank you Mr. GW Bush. A job well done and a true and faithful servant.

Wow, one network seeks a balanced report while all others failed to even acknowledge the story. It's obviously more telling about the nature of the "Jabba the Hut" liberal media than it is about Fox.

Bush was the worst president that our country has ever had. Worse than Tyler, Pierce, Harding, etc. From the economy to our standing in the world he has left a legacy of lies, death, and destruction. If you think he did a good job you can consider yourself part of the group described in the phrase, "You can fool some of the people all of the time."

I remember the days when 20th Century Fox meant exciting and unfiltered programming. I even remember the Hardball program, Fox's own National Enquirer, with many on-air personalities making up the commentary portions of their current programming. Fox is not a news channel, it's an opinion page, set up to garner ratings and attempt to satisfy advertisers. The word News is used as cover and is a bit of a joke, but their business model is clear - maintain a programming lineup which feeds into the God's, guns, and gays crowd - those single issue voters who have given us so much to cherish. And to those voters I thank you for my time being spent in Iraq, away from my family and seeing my fellow soldiers, sailors and airmen being slaughtered while your cheering moronic cranial-flatliners cheer perhaps the most distasteful and failed presidents of all time. I thought the disgrace of Clinton would be the worse, but Bush wins the prize. To those cheering crowds in Midland, Texas, stop saying Bush has kept us safe. 4,000 Americans have died and over 30,000 have been injured in Iraq - do we not count as "us". We were attacked on September 11th, 2001 – was that not on Bush’s watch. The administration knew (and don’t give me this crap they had the wrong intelligence. I work in that field and know what they had) Iraq had nothing to do with it, and yet they chose to send us in – unprepared and virtually unsupported. How on earth does that or did that keep us safe. And if you think the military is behind Bush, think again. There are far more that view him with contempt out here. In my workcenter of over 50, most voted McCain but all - every single one of them - were happy to see Bush go. Yes, he was handed challenges that we could never fathom but he failed miserably when given great opportunities. He hailed himself as a uniter, yet we have never been so divided since Vietnam. I will be heading home from Iraq next month and two months later I’m going to Afghanistan for 15 months with my head held high. The world can see hope in Obama, as do I. This is why only Fox was in Midland. They were there not to congratulate Bush, but to prolong their business model and push the opinion programming for their single issue voters. They are tired and alone. Once a lion among sheep, Fox is now a cockroach in their own sewer. Thank you President Bush and Vice President Cheney for your service, may we soon steady the ship which has drifted on you watch.

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