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We Don't Need No Stinking Retraction

Reported by Nancy - October 11, 2004 -

Apparently FNL, like a certain political figure who shall remain nameless, doesn't feel the need to admit mistakes. Rather than retract a "terror alert" story they were hyping last Friday (10/8) that turned out to be wrong, this morning (10/11), they're busy hyping a new one, this time about ferries in WA.

Last Friday (10/8), I noted that at 11:33am (EDT) David Lee Miller filed a report about school info (floor plans, photos, bus schedules) for school districts in 6 states being found on a computer disk in Iraq -- he did mention that there's no specific threat.

Over the weekend, I discovered -- from other news sources -- that not only was there "no specific threat", but the "insurgent" turned out to be a member of an Iraqi civic group planning a new school system.

CNN, the NYTimes, the LATimes & other responsible news orgs have published updates noting this aspect of the story. But you didn't hear this on FNL this morning (10/11) & you won't find it on foxnews.com (I just checked).

But wait! It gets better! It turns out that the "school-terror" alert that conveniently hit the wires the morning of the second debate was more than a week old (see http://willworkforfreedom.blogspot.com/2004/10/terror-or-re-election-alerts.html).

...how about this:
Sept 30th we had this little terror alert in our paper here in San Diego.

September 30, 2004
A man arrested by U.S. authorities in Iraq had a computer disk in his possession containing a public report downloaded from a U.S. Department of Education Web site on crisis planning in school districts, including San Diego Unified.

Funny thing the Same Alert is now a nation-wide issue on the Day of the 2nd Debate - Oct 8th.

So this morning (10/11), when Dan Springer filed a report from Seattle about how the ferry system in WA "might" be a target for terror attacks, I'm sure you can understand why I was less than convinced.