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Did anyone hear Fox TV report that an AP reporter added a smear in a profile of the crew?
FOX TV | 2/1/2003 | TLBSHOW

Posted on 02/01/2003 3:07:19 PM PST by TLBSHOW

Did anyone hear Fox TV report that an AP reporter added a smear in a profile of the crew?

This was between 12:30 and 1:00 I believe.

The Fox person apologized and slammed AP writer.

Did anyone hear this besides me? What is AP thinking besides their normal hate selves.


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1 posted on 02/01/2003 3:07:22 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Are you referring to the comments made by Shepard Smith regarding Dr. Kalpana Chawla?
2 posted on 02/01/2003 3:12:06 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: TLBSHOW
Shep said he thought the AP remarks about her were inappropriate, and he was sorry he had read them.
3 posted on 02/01/2003 3:13:36 PM PST by EllaMinnow
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To: hotpotato
All I heard was that the fox reporter apoligized about something he said that he was had read off a AP report.

I don't know who was smeared.
4 posted on 02/01/2003 3:14:48 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: redlipstick
What were the remarks?

Anyway, the only surprise here for me is that it came from the AP and not Reuters.

5 posted on 02/01/2003 3:15:05 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (The LMDC can go to hell)
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To: TLBSHOW
He said it was from biographies released PRIOR to the launch; but he read the comments directly, before reviewing. Afterwards, he apologized, saying they were wholly inappropriate and he was sorry that he had read them.
6 posted on 02/01/2003 3:15:09 PM PST by austinTparty
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To: TLBSHOW
I saw it. Shephard Smith said he read the AP copy as it came off the wire unaltered, not knowing in advance what was on it, and he apologized for having read it.
7 posted on 02/01/2003 3:15:11 PM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: TLBSHOW
What is the smear?
8 posted on 02/01/2003 3:15:14 PM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: redlipstick
That is it. Did he say who the AP reporter was?
9 posted on 02/01/2003 3:15:36 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW
I heard Shepard Smith say that one of the female astronauts, the poor gal from India if I'm not mistaken, had hit a wrong switch or something and that caused part of a satillite to get loose and had to be manually retrieved by other members of the crew who were outside the shuttle at the time. Wish I could remember exactly what was said, but I was only half listening till I realized what Smith had said. I was puzzled as to why he would even bring something like that up. Later on I did hear his apology.
10 posted on 02/01/2003 3:15:45 PM PST by shadeaud
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To: TLBSHOW
I heard when Shep was reporting that AP wire. I thought to myself - "Come one, Shep - that was really tasteless."

Then - a little bit later on Shep apologized for the statement - he said that he had been reading it just as it came across the wires and that he didn't really realize just what it was that he was saying until after the fact. (I'm paraphrasing here - but it was something to that effect.)

He said that he was truly embarrassed and that he was very sorry.

11 posted on 02/01/2003 3:15:46 PM PST by MasonGal
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To: redlipstick
I heard the slam, which pissed me off. I didn't hear the apology. I'm glad Shep did that.
12 posted on 02/01/2003 3:16:01 PM PST by shadowman99
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To: TLBSHOW
I heard it. Shepard Smith, while reading a bio of Chawla, mentioned that she made a mistake on an earlier mission, causing a satellite to tumble, and requiring a space-walk to correct the problem. It sounded really harsh when it came out, and sounded extremely inappropriate. A short time later, Smith basically apologized, saying that he was reading the report that he was handed, and didn't hear the words until they were out, and that he was sorry. I didn't catch details on who wrote it, but I absolutely believe him that he didn't know what was coming until after he read it.
13 posted on 02/01/2003 3:16:37 PM PST by Lyford
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To: austinTparty
Thanks
14 posted on 02/01/2003 3:17:51 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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I'm still in the dark here.. what was the smear?!
15 posted on 02/01/2003 3:18:49 PM PST by King Nothing (where's your crown?)
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To: TLBSHOW
I heard the comment made via my car radio, so I know the comment in that instance wasn't made by anyone from FOX. However, when we returned home, Shepherd Smith stated that he had made an inappropriate comment about one of the members of the shuttle crew earlier and "it was totally inappropriate". I assume it was the same comment made by the newscaster on the radio indicating that the female crewmember of Indian ethnicity had been on a previous flight and had caused a satellite to become misdirected and two other crewmembers had to conduct a space walk to correct the situation.

I remember when I heard it initially on the radio that my wife and I looked at each other and both felt it was a very unusual, unimportant and intentionally or not, mean-spirited thing to say.
16 posted on 02/01/2003 3:19:02 PM PST by EODGUY (Prayerf for the departed and their families.)
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To: All
For the record, here are the profiles of those lost to us today....from Reuters.
17 posted on 02/01/2003 3:19:12 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: King Nothing
thanks.
18 posted on 02/01/2003 3:19:32 PM PST by King Nothing (where's your crown?)
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To: TLBSHOW
I didn't wait for the apology. I immediately went to another channel. Shepard Smith *often* doesn't read everything on the cue cards because he dislikes the message. I don't know what happened to him this time. Haven't returned to FOX yet. Everytime I see that poor woman's face, I think of what Smith said.
19 posted on 02/01/2003 3:19:43 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: Lyford
but I absolutely believe him that he didn't know what was coming until after he read it.


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So do I. Its that AP report and the writer of it that I am trying to nail down. Thanks!
20 posted on 02/01/2003 3:20:05 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: hotpotato
Return... because its the Ap report and reporter that I want to nail. I came in to the news where he apologized but nailed AP for it.
21 posted on 02/01/2003 3:22:30 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: shadowman99
I usually don't like him....actually, I never like him.

But the apology was obviously genuine and he was clearly feeling a little stupid about having read the report live, without knowing what was in it.

He went a long way toward making me finally respect him.

22 posted on 02/01/2003 3:24:58 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: TLBSHOW
Lyford has it right, so I won't repeat.
I thought it was tasteless and unnecessary when I heard it, and it added to my respect for Shep when he said he was embarassed that he had repeated it.
23 posted on 02/01/2003 3:28:28 PM PST by EllaMinnow
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To: shadowman99
I heard the slam, which pissed me off. I didn't hear the apology. I'm glad Shep did that.

I know how you feel. I felt the same. I suspect the FOX News switchboard lit up like a Christmas tree after his comments. An apology was in order but the slip-up from Shepard Smith seemed sloppy for him.

24 posted on 02/01/2003 3:37:04 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: hotpotato
same bio ran in the german papers. Highlighted her mistake with the satellite in 1998, so untasteful.
25 posted on 02/01/2003 3:42:41 PM PST by americanbychoice
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To: TLBSHOW
Return... because its the Ap report and reporter that I want to nail.

Nah, not today. Like I said, I've seen him reading live before and stop mid-report and not complete the sentence because he thought it was inappropriate. Not sure where he left his head this a.m. The apology should have been immediate. My guess is it came following a flood of complaints. fwiw, I think he would like to take it back but I would have liked to have seen an immediate apology. You know, recognition that what he just said was completely out of line. I knew it. So did a lot of other good folks. An immediate apology would have appeared more genuine to me rather than later.

26 posted on 02/01/2003 3:45:10 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: americanbychoice; All
Thanks everyone and if you can nail down the report to its WRITTEN origin please post it here. Thanks!
27 posted on 02/01/2003 3:49:22 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW
I came in to the news where he apologized but nailed AP for it.

Are you saying Shepard Smith came in later and apologized but blamed the AP for his faux pas?

sheesh....

28 posted on 02/01/2003 3:53:15 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: TLBSHOW
The Bio (in German) is in Diewelt.de
29 posted on 02/01/2003 3:53:31 PM PST by americanbychoice
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To: hotpotato
I doubt many called and I don't see anything spoken about it here as I have looked over the older threads. He seemed upset that he read it and I believed him but it made me search the threads here for more about it and AP all day since I got back here. Just my opinion but the Fox Guy was not happy with himselve having read it. What I think is he was peeved when he was off air and said as much to his people or at least that is what I would of done.
30 posted on 02/01/2003 3:54:58 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: King Nothing
It wasn't a smear as much as it just seemed inappropriate for the moment.
31 posted on 02/01/2003 3:56:25 PM PST by ResistorSister
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To: TLBSHOW
Shep Smith said she had made some kind of mistake on a previous mission. He later apologized and said it was inappropriate and embarrassing.
32 posted on 02/01/2003 3:57:01 PM PST by mrfixit514
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To: hotpotato
I see your new here at FR. Fox is the good guys. Yes he nailed AP for it. Remember this is an emotional story not some story about the rollerskating party last week.
I didn't start this thread to nail Fox, you may have another agenda but I don't. If you follow the liberal AP/Reuters like we do here, there lies your smearer!
33 posted on 02/01/2003 3:59:20 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: mrfixit514
Also, I don't know if this means anything but Shep was gone immediatley after his apology and has not been back on FOX today.
34 posted on 02/01/2003 3:59:24 PM PST by mrfixit514
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To: mrfixit514
Shep is on now.
35 posted on 02/01/2003 4:00:46 PM PST by nhoward14 (Never judge a book by its movie.)
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To: TLBSHOW
Here is the AP story that Shepard Smith was reading:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030201/ap_wo_en_po/na_gen_us_shuttle_astronaut_thumbnails_3

Six Americans, one Israeli aboard space shuttle Columbia

Sat Feb 1,11:47 AM ET

By The Associated Press

A brief look at the six Americans and Israel's first astronaut aboard space shuttle Columbia:


Slideshow

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Commander Rick Husband, 45, Air Force colonel from Amarillo, Texas. The former test pilot was selected as an astronaut in 1994 on his fourth try. He made up his mind as a child that that was what he was going to do with his life.

"It's been pretty much a lifelong dream and just a thrill to be able to get to actually live it out," he said in an interview before Columbia's launch, his second spaceflight.

___

Pilot William McCool, 41, Navy commander from Lubbock, Texas, and father of three sons. He graduated second in his 1983 class at the Naval Academy, went on to test pilot school and became an astronaut in 1996. This was his first spaceflight.

___

Payload commander Michael Anderson, 43, the son of an Air Force man who grew up on military bases. He was flying for the Air Force when NASA (news - web sites) chose him in 1994 as one of only a handful of black astronauts. He traveled to Russia's Mir space station (news - web sites) in 1998. The lieutenant colonel was in charge of Columbia's dozens of science experiments. His home is in Spokane, Washington.

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Kalpana Chawla, 41, emigrated to United States from India in 1980s and became an astronaut in 1994. On only other spaceflight, in 1997, she made mistakes that sent science satellite tumbling out of control. Other astronauts had to go on spacewalk to capture it.

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David Brown, 46, a Navy captain, pilot and doctor. He joined the Navy after a medical internship, went on to fly the A-6E Intruder and F-18. He became an astronaut in 1996. Columbia's mission was his first spaceflight.

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Laurel Clark, 41, a Navy diving medical officer aboard submarines, then flight surgeon who became an astronaut in 1996. On board Columbia to help with science experiments. Has 8-year-old son. Her home is in Racine, Wisconsin.

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Ilan Ramon, 48, a colonel in Israel's air force and the first Israeli in space. His mother and grandmother survived Auschwitz death camp. Father fought for Israel's statehood alongside grandfather. Ramon fought in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the Lebanon War in 1982.

He served as a fighter pilot 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, flew F-16s and F-4s. He was chosen as Israel's first astronaut in 1997, then moved to Houston the next year to train for shuttle flight. His wife and four children live in Tel Aviv.

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On the Net:

NASA: http:/www.jsc.nasa.gov/bios


36 posted on 02/01/2003 4:01:12 PM PST by KS Flyover
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To: hotpotato
Nah, not today.

Don't blame you, I think you will find better coverage on ABC with Pete Jennings. In fact, I think you will find all around greater unbiased coverage there also. Jennings is numero uno in my book and yours too I suspect.......

37 posted on 02/01/2003 4:03:15 PM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: americanbychoice
http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/tr
38 posted on 02/01/2003 4:04:48 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW
How could you hear this? I thought you always said you don't have a TV.
39 posted on 02/01/2003 4:06:24 PM PST by Howlin
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To: TLBSHOW; All
You know, let me just say how appropriately this thread illustrates for me the uniqueness of Americans in general and conservatives in particular: we take umbrage at the offense of someone who is unable to defend themselves--and we don't discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, or sex.

I know we say it often, but it bears repeating: we don't like seeing our fellow human beings attacked. True conservatives aren't racist, sexist, or otherwise bigoted.

I'll go out on a limb here and say that I bet Kalpana Chawla doesn't fit the "conservative" profile. Yet, here we are standing in defense of a woman we don't know anything about, but we know she isn't around to defend herself. And I find that admirable.

I'm not saying we're perfect: we have a lot to learn, and a long way to go--but I'm proud of all the FREEPers who stand up for those who can no longer stand for themselves. God bless you.

Keep doing that everyday for the helpless in your family, church and community.

40 posted on 02/01/2003 4:10:13 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: KS Flyover
thanks and the AP version later looked like this.

As I posted it on the prayer then while searchng for that one.
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Here are brief profiles of the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia.

Shuttle Commander Rick Douglas Husband, a U.S. Air Force colonel and former test pilot, was on his second shuttle mission, having flown previously in 1999 aboard shuttle Discovery.

Born July 12, 1957, in Amarillo, Texas, and married with two children, Husband joined the astronaut program in 1994 and worked as chief of safety for NASA's Astronaut Office.

His previous shuttle voyage was a 10-day mission that docked with the International Space Station and delivered supplies in preparation for the arrival of the first crew to live aboard the orbiting outpost.

He piloted that flight, logging 235 hours, 13 minutes in space.

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Shuttle Pilot William C. McCool, a U.S. Navy commander, was on his first shuttle voyage aboard Columbia, but had wide experience as a military aircraft pilot with more than 2,800 hours of flight experience in 24 aircraft.

A test pilot at the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate at Patuxent River, Maryland, McCool managed projects ranging from airframe fatigue life studies to avionics upgrades. He acted as test pilot of the EA-6B Prowler, a radar-jamming warplane.

His primary efforts, however, were dedicated to dedicated to flight test of the Advanced Capability (ADVCAP) EA-6B.

Married, McCool was born Sept. 23, 1961, in San Diego, California.

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Shuttle Payload Commander Michael Anderson, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, was responsible for science hardware aboard Columbia.

Anderson joined the astronaut corps in 1994 and previously flew aboard shuttle Endeavour in 1998, the eighth docking mission between a space shuttle and the Soviet-made Mir spacecraft. Anderson logged over 211 hours in space on that voyage.

Born in Plattsburgh, New York, on Dec. 25, 1959, Anderson counted Spokane, Washington, as his hometown. He was married.

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Ilan Ramon, an Israeli Air Force colonel, was the first Israeli to go into space. At 48, he was a veteran of Israel's Yom Kippur War and the son of a Holocaust survivor from the Auschwitz concentration camp. In memory of family members who died under Nazi rule during the World War II, Ramon took with him a pencil drawing by a Czech Jewish boy.

Ramon logged more than 3,000 flight hours on the Israeli A-4, Mirage III-C, and F-4, and more than 1,000 flight hours on the F-16.

Selected by NASA as a payload specialist in 1997, Ramon began training in July 1998. Born June 20, 1954, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ramon was married with four children.

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Laurel Blair, a U.S. Navy commander and a physician, was on her first NASA shuttle voyage.

An avid scuba diver, Blair did active duty training with the Diving Medicine Department at the Naval Experimental Diving Unit during medical school. During a later assignment in Scotland, she dove with U.S. Navy divers and Naval Special Warfare Unit Two Seals and performed numerous medical evacuations from U.S. submarines. She was designated a Naval Submarine Medical Office and Diving Medical Officer. and a Naval Flight Surgeon.

Selected for the astronaut corps in 1996, Clark was married with one child. She was born in Iowa but called Racine, Wisconsin, her hometown. Her birth date was not immediately available.

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David Brown, a U.S. Navy captain and surgeon, was a gymnast who performed as an acrobat, unicyclist and stilt walker while attending college.

Brown joined the Navy after his medical internship, and after completing flight surgeon training in 1984, became director of medical services at the Navy Branch Hospital in Adak, Alaska.

Brown logged more than 2,700 flight hours with 1,700 in high performance military aircraft. The Columbia mission was his first space flight. He joined the astronaut program in 1996.

Born April 16, 1956, in Arlington, Virginia, Brown was unmarried.

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Kalpana Chawla, an aerospace engineer and commercial pilot, was on her second space shuttle flight, having been a mission specialist in 1996, logging more than 376 hours in space.

Born in Karnal, India, she studied in the United States, and received her doctorate from the University of Colorado.

She started working for NASA in 1988, studying powered-lift computational fluid dynamics. Her research concentrated on simulation of complex air flows encountered around aircraft.

Chawla joined the astronaut program in 1994.

ap


46 posted on 02/01/2003 2:58 PM EST by TLBSHOW


41 posted on 02/01/2003 4:10:48 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: hotpotato
Welcome, member of 21 days.

Nice try on the Fox bashing. Perhaps you should tune out of here, too?
42 posted on 02/01/2003 4:11:18 PM PST by MonroeDNA (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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come on shep. first the j-lo blow job comment, now this?
43 posted on 02/01/2003 4:11:54 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod (Deus Lo Volt!)
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To: MasonGal
Shep apologized for the statement

Shep is a showman...a good anchor...and a class act as far as I am concerned. Enormous talent...and human to boot.

44 posted on 02/01/2003 4:12:21 PM PST by antaresequity
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To: Howlin
I had just arrived at my sister-in-laws and turned her TV from CNN to fox and that was what I caught first.
45 posted on 02/01/2003 4:13:07 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: Howlin
Allow me, he was at his neighbor's house.
46 posted on 02/01/2003 4:15:07 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: TLBSHOW
I heard the original comment, and thought "that was unnecessary at this time" when he said it.

Glad to hear that he acknowledged the inappropriate nature of the comment.

47 posted on 02/01/2003 4:16:14 PM PST by dead
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To: TLBSHOW
I agree that the comment about the Indian woman may have seemed "inappropriate," but when you're dealing with a disaster like this, a crew member's difficulties on a previous mission is hardly irrelevant.
48 posted on 02/01/2003 4:19:01 PM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: KS Flyover
I see the nasa link at the bottom of the ap/bio page goes nowhere.

but to here

(The page cannot be found)

49 posted on 02/01/2003 4:20:46 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angles trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: KellyAdmirer
Shephard Smith said he read the AP copy as it came off the wire unaltered, not knowing in advance what was on it, and he apologized for having read it.

How does this differ from his normal delivery of news. He doesn't seem to engage his brain very much when he is on the air.

50 posted on 02/01/2003 4:20:49 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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