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FOX Acquits the US Marine in Fallujah Again

Reported by Ellen - November 29, 2004

Last week, I reported that FOX had acquitted the US Marine who shot the wounded, unarmed Iraqi before an investigation had been held. Tonight, on The O'Reilly Factor, he was acquitted again.

FOX Military Analyst Colonel David Hunt was on hand to deliver the verdict with a little help from Bill O'Reilly. Hunt told us that the Marine is a "great kid" as well as "a great Marine" who "did exactly the right thing." The dead Iraqi was a terrorist. How Hunt came to that conclusion, we'll never know. O'Reilly never bothered to ask.

"Dead Marine or dead terrorist? I'll take the dead terrorist any day," Hunt said.

Comment: I would expect an analyst from a truly fair and balanced network to wait for an official investigation to deliver a verdict about this important subject. But not on FOX. There was no discussion about the importance of investigating the incident, as if the possibly needless death of an Iraqi just didn't count in the scheme of things. Don't get me wrong, I'm not pre-judging the Marine but it seems to have been established that the Iraqi was neither armed nor booby-trapped so why wasn't Hunt or O'Reilly interested in finding ways that this tragedy could have been avoided? Instead, O'Reilly posted the results of a FOX poll that showed more than 90% of viewers think the Marine should not be prosecuted. Somehow, O'Reilly and FOX seem to have overlooked the possibility that something wrong could have happened, that there might be something important to learn whether or not there is a prosecution.

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