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Patently false information edited INTO Fox 's Special Report

Reported by Chrish - July 18, 2005

If Fox didn't have any other clip to use to make their point in a story about Saddam Hussein, they should have skipped it altogether. On Special report 7/18/05, they used the familiar tactic of allowing an interviewee to make a false assertion and did not address the inaccuracy for viewers.

First Bret Baier had a Fox exclusive with Centcom Commander General John Abizaid in Afghanistan who said he expected the violence in Afghanistan to escalate before the elections scheduled for this September 18, but they will ultimately fail because they do not offer a positive message or plan to the people there. All we have to do, he said, is stay patient.

In the following segment Mike Emanuel reported that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Richard Myers said that the expected continuance of bloodshed in Iraq would not derail the progress towards creating a constitution there. He said also that the people who don't want that kind of progress don't have an alternative plan.

Emanuel says that "some Iraqis say" one way to alleviate the violence is to put Saddam Hussein on trial and let the insurgents loyal to him see that he will never return to power. The first criminal case against him has been filed, for a mass murder of Shiites in 1982 (Comment: when he was doing business with the US); the idea is to try him for a simple case where he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Emanuel says many Iraqis agree that it's time to hold Saddam accountable (5 men are shown sitting around a table) and one man speaks. The translator says "Saddam killed millions. 24 or 25 million; they were all killed by him. 24 million, killed by him."

Comment: This would be quite a feat in a country of 22 million. The number he has reputedly killed is grisly enough; there's no need for Fox to allow such a gross inaccuracy to fully convey the horror of his reign. Real journalism, sloppy and inaccurate.

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