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FNCers Kidnapped In Gaza: Tight-Lipped

> Update: 11:21pm: Here is Jennifer Griffin‘s 10pm update: “Greta, as you know, we have been reporting today that two of our colleagues were kidnapped in Gaza earlier today. They were taken against their will from the vehicle they were driving in. Fox News at this time is doing everything within its power to get them safely returned back home and we will report more on that as we have details.”

Fox News Channel is carefully and wisely limiting coverage of its two kidnapped employees. Since 2pm, when TVNewser started monitoring FNC coverage, the net has aired four brief updates about the kidnapping by Jennifer Griffin. Apart from those, FNC hasn’t mentioned the situation, preferring to handle it behind the scenes. When Nihad Awad of the Council on American Islamic Relations prefaced his appearance on The O’Reilly Factor with an expression of sympathy, Bill O’Reilly quickly responded:

 AWAD: Bill, thanks for having me and allow me first to share with you and your viewers that our organization CAIR has issued a statement demanding the release of the Fox crew who were abducted or kidnapped today in Gaza and we pray and hope for their safe return to do their job back to their families.

O’REILLY: I just meant to tell everybody we are not going to have much more on that because we are, you know, in the process of trying to get that solved.

As Jack Shafer noted in January, “it’s an article of faith for some that no news is the best news when it comes to kidnappings.”

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