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Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

Reported by Judy - July 9, 2004 -

Like a child practicing spelling words, Fox News repeated over and over again that the Senate report due out today (July 9) finds the White House did not pressure the CIA to twist evidence that Saddam had WMD and therefore the Bush administration did nothing wrong prior to invading Iraq. The problem is, Fox News is only half right.

Fox and Friends mentioned the Senate report at least four times during the last hour of its show (8:08 a.m., 8:14 a.m., 8:24 a.m. , 8:33 a.m. EDT). On Fox News Live, Greg Jarret hyped the report even more frequently (9 a.m., 9:02 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 9:44 a.m., 9:46 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 9:57 a.m., 9:59 a.m. EDT).

With all those mentions of the report, you would think they might have gotten in right one time, but they never did. The theme that Fox News tried to beat into its viewers' heads was that the report found the White House exerted no pressure on analaysts and that therefore the bad intelligence about WMD was all the CIA's fault.

Former CIA Director Stansfield Turner set the record straight in an interview with Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy (8:14 a.m. EDT). Turned said that although the report written by a GOP-dominated committee found no pressure, Cheney did make ten trips to the CIA to talk to analysts. And in response to Doocy's question whether the report gives Bush "political cover" over bad intelligence on WMD, Turner said, "It doesn't give him cover because this report doesn't even profess to look into that question." A second report (due out after the election, of course) addresses whether the Bush White House misused intelligence data.

That didn't stop Jarret from repeating the refrain in the next hour for Fox's apparently forgetful viewers.