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Fox News: Military Recruitment is Up, "A Lot!"

Reported by Melanie - July 29, 2005

One of Neil Cavuto's guests today (July 29, 2005) was Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, US Army Reserve Chief. Helmly was on to talk about how well military recruiting is going, and about the progress we're making in our wars, particularly in Afghanistan. Cavuto was ebullient in his introduction of Helmly, saying that as the War on Terror "rages over there," "recruitment is up, that's right, up a lot, over here." Cavuto said the US Army Reserve is "reaching its goal, and then some."

Comment: Throughout the segment (titled, "Call of Duty"), Fox showed the Pentagon's June recruiting numbers in chyrons at the bottom of the screen. Yet, neither Cavuto nor his guest put the numbers into perspective. The "news" was that recruitment is up, "a lot," period.

This USAToday article, Army Recruiting Up for June but Still Down for Year, puts the June numbers in perspective. It ain't pretty, to say the least:

The June numbers, while an improvement over the four previous months, also were not anywhere near the 8,086 recruits the Army brought in during January. That's despite offering enlistments as short as 15 months and bonuses as high as $20,000 for some who join.

June's recruiting numbers look good if people don't realize the Army is still going to miss its annual goal, said Loren Thompson, a military analyst at the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va.

As I watched this raw propaganda, the PIPA study, The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters, immediately came to mind.

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