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FOX News Belittles Concerns About Bolton

Reported by Ellen - April 27, 2005

In a FOXNews.com article about the nomination of John Bolton as Ambassador to the U.N., FOX minimized the problems with the nomination by saying, "confirmation has been delayed over charges that he has a fiery temper and is not suited to become the United States' top diplomat in the world body."

As FOX must well know, there's plenty more to the Bolton delay than a fiery temper and inaptitude for the job.

For example:

The New York Times reported yesterday that Bolton has been accused of having exaggerated intelligence about Syria in order to fit his policy views.

Another New York Times article made it very clear that Democratic leaders think Mr. Bolton's nomination should be judged on "whether he inappropriately sought to use or shape intelligence reports to bolster his political views on Cuba, Syria, Iran and other issues." The Times quotes Senator Biden of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, as saying the issue is "not whether he's a nice guy or not. This is about whether or not you try to alter intelligence data, alter what intelligence data says, or intimidate experts in the intelligence community to say something different than you want said."

Furthermore, other diplomats have said that Bolton's appointment would harm the United Nations. ABC News has reported that Frederick Vreeland, a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco, said in an e-mail to the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that "Bolton has none of the qualities needed for that job. On the contrary, he has all the qualities needed to harm the image and objectives in the U.N. and its affiliated international organizations. If it is now U.S. policy not to reform the U.N but to destroy it, Bolton is our man."

One of the president's former ambassadors told CBS News Correspondent Gloria Borger that Bolton had been less than truthful in his recent confirmation hearings.

Not surprisingly, FOX concludes as per "a well-placed Capitol Hill source," that "overall the feeling on Capitol Hill appears to be that party discipline will reassert itself and Bolton will be confirmed. With that in mind, Senate Democrats are now hoping the process as it has worked in Bolton's case will serve to keep him 'on a bit of a short leash at the U.N.'"

The New York Times (along with a number of other news outlets) had a different view. The Times reported Sunday that "In contrast to optimistic statements from the White House, a top Republican senator said Sunday that John R. Bolton's prospects of winning Senate confirmation as ambassador to the United Nations were 'too close to call.'"

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