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Alone Among Networks, Fox News Covers Bush Texas Homecoming

January 21, 2009

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.”

Former President George Bush, left, accompanied by his wife ... 
Former President George Bush, left, accompanied by his wife Laura Bush stands by as addresses attendees at his arrival in Waco, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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 
Los Angeles Times

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From The Dallas Morning News
MIDLAND — George W. Bush returned Tuesday to a West Texas welcome, declaring himself happy to be back as a private citizen after eight rocky and eventful years as president.

“I’m coming home with my head held high and a sense of accomplishment,” he told a crowd of several thousand that jammed Centennial Plaza.

“Even among the most difficult days of my presidency, I was always optimistic about the future.”

Bush leaves office among the most unpopular presidents in history. But here in his staunchly Republican boyhood hometown, a sea well-wishers turned out to cheer his return.

The rally marked a bookend of his pre- and post-presidency. Eight years ago, he attended a final sendoff from the same town square before leaving the state for his own inauguration.

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Dogfighting Subculture Is Taking Hold in Texas

December 7, 2008

What got Atlanta Falcons NFL star Michael Vick into trouble and gained him hatred from all sorts of Americans is catching on in some places….

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The two undercover agents were miles from any town, deep in the East Texas countryside, following a car carrying three dogfighting fanatics and a female pit bull known for ripping off the genitals of other dogs. A car trailed the officers with two burly armed guards, hired to protect the dog and a $40,000 wager.

By James C. McKinley Jr.
The New York Times

Above: An investigation into dogfights in East Texas took 17 months, and led to the seizing of 187 pit bulls and 55 indictments. Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

When the owners of the opposing dog, a crew from Louisiana, got cold feet and took off, the men in the undercover agents’ party reacted with fury, offering to chase them down and kill them. The owner of the female pit bull, an American living in Mexico, was merciful. He decided to take the opposing dog and let the men live, the officers said.

Over 17 months, the agents from the Texas state police penetrated a murky and dangerous subculture in East Texas, a world where petty criminals, drug dealers and a few people with ordinary jobs shared a passion for watching pit bulls tear each other apart in a 12-foot-square pit.

Investigators found that dogfighting was on the rise in Texas and was much more widespread than they had expected. The ring broken up here had links to dogfighting….

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/us/07dogs.html?_r=1&hp