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Fox Tells Dem: You're Wrong!

Reported by Judy - July 7, 2004 -

A Fox News personality abandoned any pretense of objectivity today (July 7) when she told Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, that he was wrong about the lack of collaboration between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

E.D. Hill, co-host of Fox and Friends, was interviewing Levin (8:15 a.m. EDT) about reports that a Senate panel's report that the CIA had information that Saddam had abandoned weapons programs and did not give it to the president. Hill obviously was hoping to spin the report to mean that Bush was innocent of any lies about weapons of mass destruction prior to the invasion of Iraq.

Levin, a long-time member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pointed out, however, that the soon-to-be-released report deals only with the exaggerations and ineptitude of the CIA and that a second report will deal with the exaggerations of the administration. Hill quickly interjected, "But let's focus on this report."

Levin tried to state that there was no collaboration between Saddam and Osama bin Laden, but Hill interrupted him, saying, "Hold on, senator. What you just said isn't true." She directed viewers to a website (which I didn't catch) which she said showed there was no collaboration between Saddam and Osama bin Laden on 9/11 but did not answer the question of whether there was other collaboration.

The Bush administration has asserted there was "collaboration," but mainly they have interpreted rumors of a few meetings in the 1990s as a sign of "collaboration" rather than minimal contact.

This is a case where people are reading the evidence differently. In saying Levin was "wrong" in his interpretation, Hill took a blatantly partisan position. Usually if a network wants to debate the issues, they invite guests from multiple sides of an issue. On Fox, the journalists just do it themselves. After all, they probably know the GOP line better than most Republicans do.