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Fox News Alert: Libby to Be Indicted

Reported by Judy - October 28, 2005

An indictment against the top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney will be announced later today (October 28, 2005), but Fox News is so behind the curve on the story that it is interviewing reporters in the evil liberal media to find out what is going on.

Fox News' website is running a story about the announcement of I. Lewis Libby which reads in part:

"Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig told FOX News that Fitzgerald was set to present the charge against Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby (search), later Friday morning."

It figures that Fox News would never have bothered to develop any of its own sources on a story that can only be seen as bad news for an already floundering Bush administration. Fox News plans to present prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's 2 p.m. news conference live, but of course that requires no reporting expertise. Documents in the case will be released ahead of time on a website Fitzgerald set up for announcements in the case.

News organizations often quote one another, through the services of The Associated Press, by running stories referring to an account published earlier in The New York Times or on another network, for example. But it's rare, and more embarrassing in my book, to report what another reporter has told your reporter. CBS has been reporting the same information as the Washington Post reporter gave Fox since at least 9 a.m. EDT today, but Fox chose not to use that as its source and to instead have its reporter interview another reporter.

Well, I guess it's better than just having Carl Cameron make something up.

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