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Fox News' Perspective on No-Bid Haliburton Contracts

Reported by Melanie - November 3, 2004 -

I presume everyone has heard about the FBI investigation into no-bid contracts awarded to Haliburton, right?

A no-bid contract is just that, a contract awarded to a company, in this case Haliburton, without checking to see if another company would do the same work for less money. It would be like needing a new roof on your house and deciding to award the job to your next door neighbor, the roofer, just because he's your next door neighbor, without checking to see if you could get a better deal through a different company.

The FBI suspects that because of Dick Cheney's connections to Haliburton, it was awarded one or more no-bid contracts and that the citizens of the United States might be paying more than they need to for the work Haliburton's doing in Iraq. I, for one, would like to think that my government tries to get the best deal possible, instead of giving my tax dollars away to companies connected to officials in the government, without a bid.

Anyway, today (November 3, 2004) during the "Fox Stox" portion of Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Cavuto said this about Haliburton's stock performance today:

"Haliburton gaining ground too. Wall Street betting the political persecution of the company once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney is likely to die on the vine."

COMMENT: I don't think an FBI investigation into whether or not our government is awarding contracts to companies with ties to government officials, and potentially wasting hard earned tax dollars contributed by its citizens, quite fits the definition of "political persecution." Everyone should be outraged at the possibility. But no, not Fox News. As a matter of fact, they want viewers to think the Bush administration is the victim, not we citizens.