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Fox Tries to Put Down New York Times Headline

Reported by Donna - May 31, 2005

Yesterday on Studio B, with Gregg Jarrett filling in for Shepard Smith, he spoke with Lt. Col. Bill Cowan (retired) about the new operation going on in Iraq called Operation Lightening.

Jarrett held up a NY Times Headline and read it, "Iraq Offensive is met with Wave of New Violence".

Palkot (as if in disbelief) said that the headline suggests that the operation is making matters worse. (Comment: I didn't get that from the headline, I just got that the offensive was met with new violence)

He went on to say that the NY Times said that 20 people had been killed so he had gotten out his calculator and he figured that around 24 a day had been killed for the past month. So he said that the truth of the matter is, yeah, it's going to be bloody and it's going to be deadly, but it's going to make things better, right?

Cowan went on to say that it was going to be a testing of wills, between the Iraqi Security Forces and the insurgents, both wanting to show their might. He added that they both were going to show their might and their were going to be a few tough days in and around Baghdad. At the end of the operation the Security Forces wanted to say they won and the insurgents want to say they've won.

Comment: I didn't understand Jarrett's equivilizing the deaths in Iraq. What one day was he talking about and hasn't this operation been going on for a while now? Lt. Col. Cowan admitted that there were going to be tough days ahead, but he never committed an answer to the question -- it's going to make things better, right?

In Fox's attempt to make the NY Times appear wrong, they made themselves look partisan with that question -- it's going to make things better, right? Or is Fox in the predicting the future business?

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