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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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It's almost frightening what happens anytime, anywhere there's something negative written about George W. or any other neoCon star. The same 20 posters, because that's about all that's left of GW's fan base, come flooding over from the Drudge Report, posting 50 gazillion messages 'God Blessing' Bush and thanking him for his service...blah blah.

The 21st century neoCon is Borg. What else can it be? You repeat dumbed-down collective talking points, and the same Hannity/Limbaugh mantras- it really is kind of scary. There's plenty of reasons why Bush and his administration are internationally reviled. Just because 22% of you are hell-bent on trying to convince the world it's wrong, doesn't mean history will be re-written.


Fox was the only news outlet to carry it.

No MAJOR network was there.

History will show, George Bush was the greatest President ever !

Thank you Fox News: What ever President Bush did; he did it for the Freedom Of Our Nation and for all the world. One more time; Fox News, Thanks.

"President Bush was treated in a way that not even serial murderers receive."

We never had a murderer who used propaganda to trick the nation into war with the result that over 4,000 Americans are dead, over 30,000 Americans are desperately maimed and wounded and over one million Iraqis are dead. Nobody kept track of how many Iraqis are wounded. If we ever had a serial killer of those dimensions, we'd treat them a lot worse than we've treated Bush. When you raised your children, did you just say oh well, never mind every time they did something wrong, or did you make them responsible for their actions so that neither they nor their siblings would make those mistakes in behavior again? And if you did ignore bad behavior and lavish love for bad behavior, what are your children like now?

Almost forty million Americans watched Obama's inauguration yesterday on network television. So many tens of millions more watched it on line that there were long delays at times in being able to view the sites. We know that there were huge inauguration parties and crowds watching all over the world in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa as well as Indonesia and island nations and in North, South and Central America. This event was watched and followed more closely by more people on the face of the earth than any other event in human history. The Washington D.C. crowds were so massive that they, like the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon, showed up clearly from space. Perhaps that made it newsworthy????

When you think about it it's hard see how Bush could have done a better job! He took those disastrous Clinton budget surpluses and turned them into wonderfully impressive deficits. He wisely ignored warnings from the outgoing administration about the risks of terrorism. He diligently kept his counterterrorism adviser at bay and when told by the CIA that bin Laden was determined to attack in the United States he did nothing and he did exceedingly well! When he was told by Andy Card that's "America is under attack," he did the bravest thing imaginable and just sat there. Once he realized that there was a problem he did the most noble thing by running for his life. He then kept us all safe by sending over 4000 of our fellow citizens to their deaths in a needless war in Iraq. Having the wisdom to avoid combat himself by joining the Texas National Guard, Mr. Bush was more than happy to see other people put at risk by his chant of "bring it on." He accurately concluded that average Americans would be repulsed by the idea of being drafted into a war in Iraq. So he chose to abuse those who had volunteered into the Armed Forces with excessive deployments and stoploss policies. Yes, I would agree that those who would criticize such a man just don't understand how the real world works. We would not be basking in these wonderful times if it works for the great talent of this brilliant leader.

No, Pandadoung, I would say that Powell will go down in history as a colossal failure. His greatest failing of course was his willingness to be "a good soldier" for such a reckless Commander-in-Chief. The video of his blatantly false accusations presented before the United Nations will play in an endless loop throughout history. In centuries to come, whenever there is a discussion of the greatest blunders in human history, Powell's image holding up that fake vial of anthrax will replay once again. The simple fact that the greatest power on earth would go to war to disarm an unarmed country is a folly that will never be forgotten. In a historical perspective this is a concept that is very easy to understand and even schoolchildren will look upon Mr. Bush and Mr. Powell with disdain.

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.

Posted by: Mindstorms | January 20, 2009 at 05:28 PM

Did they slant it for him or against him?

Kudo's to Fox News. This is the only news station worth watching. Thank you President Bush for your service. A Great Man.
The Leftist Media is ruining this country. Where has common sense and good morals and ethics gone? No wonder we are in such a mess. The Democratic Congress caused it and they blame President Bush. Hopefully, now that Obama is sitting in the Oval Office he will see what is really going on.

Tom, Bill Clinton that had the chance to get Bin Laden and did nothing! Get your timeline right or are you reading the "new" history books. Don't slant everything to the left. Who will you blame now for everything that goes wrong?

the treatment of bush by the hateful liberal press, and their duped followers, shows once again the wisdom of not having a "popular" vote. the next 100 days will show all voters the problems of the presidency.

So Kim, what is your point? Bush may have been incompetent but Clinton was even worse? Now there is a historical legacy to be proud of! You do realize of course that George W. Bush was alive in 93 when the twin towers were first attacked and he was also around when the USS Cole was bombed. And what did he do about this in the first nine months of his presidency -- nada! If he had such a perspective on the risk of terrorism you think he would at least talk to his counterterrorism adviser about it. It took the catastrophic events of September 11 to shock Mr. Bush into action and even then his overall actions were counterproductive. Yes, he invaded Afghanistan but you may recall his initial use of force was somewhat timid so much so that Sen. McCain and Charles Krauthammer both had to publicly emplore him to be more aggressive. It is true that Clinton never got bin Laden, but at the same time Clinton never had carte blanche to use the full military might of the United States for this purpose. Bush on the other hand has had every option available to him for seven years, yet bin Laden lives.

Who am I going to blame when things go wrong in the future? Well, maybe I could be a weak minded hypocrite and blame the previous administration for the current presidents mistakes. You know, just like the people who blame Bush's shortcomings on Clinton.

This is like taking candy from a baby.

What a shame that in this great country you are branded to be either a "crazy" liberal or a "redneck" republican. Maybe we ALL as a whole country collectively are responsible for our problems. And as whole country collectively, maybe we ALL can do our best to resolve them. Enough of this bipartisan bull. Let's work together. Thank you Mr. Bush for your service to this country, it's a very tough job whether or not we agree or disagree with the way you handled things. And good luck Mr. Obama on these next four years, we are all behind you. It's OK to have opinions people, but to tear down people who have opposing views is wrong. Let us remember the words of Abraham Lincoln "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

I see the 25%ers here still with the love fest of bushism... You say you are patriots, yet you don't serve in the military. You say you are patriots, yet you cheer the man who single handedly nearly destroyed the constitution of the United States. You say you are patriots, yet you cheer the clearly illegal treatment of prisoners held by the US. You say you are patriots, yet you rejoice the military adventures georgie sent us on… To all of you I pray that you should live in the same conditions that georgie has visited on the Iraq people… THANK GOD we have a president with integrity, intelligence and wisdom instead of a stupid moronic “decider”.

The myopic and profoundly intense of hatred for Bush is baffling to me, and I know I'm not alone. The media seems so nearly unanimous in its cravenly left wing bias, that it does not surprise me that Fox News gets ridiculed the way it does. So what if it's got a right wing bias? It's the only nationally televised news outlet that does. Every other one is tilted to the left, to one degree or another. If Fox News was as bad as even the most insane liberals claim it is, it still wouldn't be able to balance the weight of so many unabashedly left wing media outlets throughout this country.

Given that even Fox News televised Clinton's home coming on Bush's inauguration day, it's not too much to expect that Bush's homecoming might get some mention on channels other than Fox News. But why should they stop now, seeing as how they've managed to brainwash millions of people into hating Bush worse than your average serial killer? Instead, let's see a broadcast of who's nobody in Washington chatting amongst themselves from a distance. That's news.

Obama may not be a monster, but the next eight years are going to be bad for this country. The scales have been tipped about as far to the left as they can go and the democrats have a monopoly in the federal government. We're all in a lot of trouble.


You're right, It's Chet! I mean the last time the Democrats were in charge it was a total disaster. I remember back in the 90s, we had to suffer through that intolerable period of peace and prosperity. Your member, the stock market was up, unemployment was low, the economy was growing, we had a budget surplus, we were respected around the world. It was a total disaster. It's too bad we can't just stay the course -- and keep the current trajectory going. I mean let's face it, time's have never been better! But I, like you, fear that we may be headed for one of those awful democrat recoveries.

All we need to do is keep on hitting ourselves in the head with a hammer, over and over again, and everything will continue to be fantastic! History proves that we Republicans are the only ones who really know how to handle public policy. Oh good! I found my ballpin. BONK!

I agree that they should have showed Bush landing in Texas and his speech but what I don't agree on the Fox news gives a balanced view. Everyone and their brother knows which way they lean. I tend to get my news from various sources and even check out Fox to see what they are saying, too.

I did vote for Obama and watched the event with great excitement. No matter how you swing, it was history in the making. But I am not stupid. I know one man can't fix the mess we're in and I really get sick reading all the insults spew when I was only exercising my right to vote. All this hate on both sides does nothing but divide us in a time where we should be standing united. We are Americans no mater who we voted for, what color we are and what news station we put our faith in. Personally, I never believe everything I read and even less of what I hear.

Bush is a war criminal. That is not hate, that is merely a fact. There is no "liberal media bias," other than in right-wing fantasies. Faux News is, however, a right-wing propoganda arm that occassionally allows a couple of token liberals face time, only to be shouted down by fascist blowhards who dominate the airtime over there. The hate comes from the right, not the left. One last thing about the precious "if you do not respect the man, at least respect his office." Oh, you mean like all of you are doing for Obama now, right? Besides, I owe W no respect whatsoever, as he had no respect for the office (heck, the SA all wore ties to, that means nothing). But do not worry - when Obama fixes the nation, you right wing banshees will also benefit.

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