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Taking The Government At Its Word

Reported by Ellen - December 22, 2004

A FOXNews.com article about the USA Patriot Act says "The Justice Department has said it has not used Section 215 to access library records."

If FOX News had made any effort at all to check that fact, they could have easily discovered that the American Library Association has information to the contrary.

All FOX had to do was to go to the American Library Association website and scrolled down the page of articles. Some examples:

A 2002 San Francisco Chronicle article says, "In a nationwide survey of 1,020 public libraries in January and February, the University of Illinois found that 85 -- or 8.3 percent -- of them had been asked by federal or local law enforcement officers for information about patrons related to Sept. 11, said Leigh Estabrook, director of the school's Library Research Center."

Another link leads to the referenced survey. Question 15a asks whether any of the court orders for information about patrons were pursuant to Section 215 of the Patriot Act. 10% were. (Note: I think this is 10% of the 17% who said the law enforcement requests came in the form of a court order.)

Comment: Just a few days ago, FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said on C-Span's Q&A, that he requires FOX reporters to "present the news, if there is more than one side, make sure you have it (my emphasis). If you think there's something else you don't agree with make sure it's in the story."

I reported this in a post called The Lies of Roger Ailes. I wrote then, "If Ailes isn't lying, then he is unaware that his reporters are failing miserably at that assignment." This is just one more example.

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