FNC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 27, 2006
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(Palm Desert, California: Adam Housley) Funeral and memorial service preparations in Palm Desert, California, featured; scenes shown of Ford’s presidential pew. [Ford family representative Gregory WILLARD- reads statement from Betty Ford.]
(Studio: Shepard Smith) Statement from President Bush quoted. [Former President George BUSH- praises Ford.]
(White House: Wendell Goler) Bush’s reaction introduced. [BUSH- praises Ford.]. Ford’s political career and presidency reviewed; details given on Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who were part of his administration; footage shown. [In 1999, FORD- talks about his decision to grant a pardon for Nixon.]
(Studio: Shepard Smith) Statements from Nancy Reagan, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Senator Harry Reid, Representative Dennis Hastert quoted.
(Washington: Megyn Kendall) Funeral plans in Washington, D.C., and Grand Rapids, Michigan, featured; scenes shown of flags flying at half-staff. [Brookings Institution Stephen HESS- comments.]
(Studio: Shepard Smith) Reactions in Ford’s hometown noted; scenes shown of mourners signing a condolence book at his presidential museum. [Grand Rapids’ Sondra Ruth WESSELDYKE- comments.] Continuing coverage previewed.