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Ben Bernanke Holds First-Ever News Conference

It is rare to hear from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, unless it’s when he’s called to Capitol Hill to testify. (There was also the Scott Pelley profile on “60 Minutes” two years ago.) But with the U.S. economy sputtering along, growing concern about the national debt and what the Federal Reserve has done about it, the Fed chairman decided to meet the press, holding his first ever news conference today. The business networks carried the hour long Q&A between 2:15 and 3:15pmET.

CNN carried about five minutes of it and,with anchor Christine Romans, discussed the news from the Fed: holding interest rates near zero. Fox News’s Martha MacCallum characterized the rarity of the Bernanke newser as “something very unusual” and mentioned that it would be streaming on FoxNews.com.

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