on the news or in the news?
Hi you guys, here is a clip from TV Friends.I have problems about it. Phoebe is now giving birth at the hospital, she is the surrogate for her little brother Frank. she's having triplets. below are the scripts...........
Phoe: Can I tell you a little secret?
Phoe: I want to keep one. (Giggles in excitement.)
Rach: Ohh, I'm gonna be 【on the news】! Okay, Phoebe, honey, you’ve gotta be kidding. I mean, you know you can’t keep one of these babies!
Phoe: Why not?! Maybe I can, you don't know!
Rach: Yes! Yes! Yes, I do! I do know! Frank and Alice are gonna wanna keep all of their children!
Phoe: Maybe not! Y'know? Seriously, three babies are a handful. maybe they're y'know, looking for a chance to unload one of them. Listen, I hate to miss an opportunity just 【cause I didn't ask】! Y'know?
my questions are :
1. what does " on the news" mean? can I also say 'in the news'?
2. "cause I didn't ask" used the past tense of the verb ask-- didn't ask, why not 'don;t ask'? the action "ask" hasn't happened yet, has it? so why does she use "didn't ask" instead of "don't ask"?
thanks very much for your kind help