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77 Year Old Iraqi Woman In America - Appreciate President Bush Or Go To Hell (Or, Fair and Balanced The Fox Way)

Reported by Donna - December 13, 2005

Looking for 'Fair and Balanced' coverage on Fox? It was no where to be found in a segment on voting by Iraqi ex-patriates in the United States today. On Studio B with Shepard Smith, he went to correspondent, Steve Brown, who filed a very glowing, positive report.

Brown said that many of the voters were passionate about being pro-American. He said that they were also very pro-Bush and said, "Listen to this 77 year old woman and you'll see what I mean."

The video cut to the 77 year old Iraqi woman who was voting in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The woman pointed her finger at the camera and said (paraphrased because of her accent but pretty much verbatim), "For Iraq and thanks to America. Without America we couldn't accomplish, could not reach this day. So, anyone who doesn't appreciate what America has done and President Bush, let them go to hell."

The camera went back to Steve Brown who said, "That's right. (Then he seemed to catch himself) At least that's her opinion."

Comments: I have nothing against Fox showing this woman and her opinion. What I do have a problem with is -- what happened to the 'Fair and Balanced'? I'm sure there were a lot of different opinions to be found in the voting populace. The day after the President announced dispassionately that "around 30,000 Iraqi citizens had been killed since the start of the U.S. war against Iraq", (which, by the way was not reported today or yesterday on Studio B) I would have liked to have seen both sides of the story.

Once again, Fox does it's job of promoting the Bush Administration and stays carefully away from any criticism.

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