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Fox News: Where Crooks Become Heroes

Reported by Melanie - October 4, 2005

Oliver North, a Fox News employee and the author of a new novel, "The Assassins", was a guest today (October 4, 2005) on Fox's alleged "business news" program, Your World. Neil Cavuto introduced North as, "One of the most decorated, respected veterans in American history." Cavuto even went so far as to call North, "warm and fuzzy."

North was on to promote his book which sounds like a fear mongering, doomsday tale involving Iran and nuclear weapons, terrorists (of course), and the mass, simultaneous, hysterical evacuation of 15 US cities. (Apparently North gave the daytime spiel today because he didn't mention assassinating foreign leaders like he did last night on Hannity & Colmes.)

While North and Cavuto talked, Fox ran chyrons at the bottom of the screen highlighting North's career:

Oliver North is Host of "War Stories with Oliver North"

North Graduated from the US Naval Academy in l968

North Began a Tour of Duty in Vietnam in December 1968

North was Awarded a Bronze Star for Heroism in Combat

North Also Received 2 Purple Hearts

l970's: North Served as a Marine Corp Training Officer

l98l: Oliver North Was Assigned to National Security Council

North Ran as a Republican for Senate in Virginia in l994

North is an Inventor who Holds Three US Patents

Comment: It seems to me that being the "chief coordinator of the illegal sale of weapons via intermediaries to Iran" during the Reagan administration might be relevant too, especially given the subject of North's book. Admitting to lying to Congress might be worth noting, and being fired by a president of the United States is a noteable event in anyone's career.

Chuck Colson was on Fox yesterday, identified only as "Former Nixon Chief Counsel." As Wikipedia says, "Colson organized 'the Plumber's' burglary of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office in September 1971. Colson hoped that revelations about Ellsberg could be used to discredit the anti-war left. In 1974 Colson pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) to obstruction of justice in the Ellsberg case. He was given a one-to-three year sentence. He served seven months in Maxwell Correctional Facility in Alabama."

Seems Fox has a penchant for hiring and featuring crooks from prior Republican administrations and turning them into heroes.

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