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A Vicious Act or Bumbling Incompetence?

Reported by Melanie - December 7, 2004

Fox News aired a report today (December 7, 2004) during Dayside w/Linda Vester about eight military men who have filed suit against the US Army over its "stop loss policy." The soldiers contend the Army is wrongly extending their tours in Iraq, and that the contract they signed when they enlisted said nothing about such a possibility. Here's an article in the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette about it.

During the report, Fox aired video of one of the eight men, David W. Qualls, an Arkansas National Guardsman. Qualls is the only plaintiff who is identified by name. Seven of the eight are referred to as "John Doe."

Included in Fox's video was a shot of a document, on the front of which was typed, in plain and obvious view, Qualls' complete Arkansas address.

COMMENT: News organizations like Fox deliberately put together video to use on their air. They cut and paste and make decisions about what to include. Why did Fox include a shot of Quall's address? You know what my gut reaction to seeing it was? That by showing Qualls' address, Fox was tacitly saying to its viewers that if they thought Qualls was unpatriotic for doing what he was doing, then here's his address - go ahead, harass him.

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