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Sean Hannity Cherry Picks The Iraq Poll News

Reported by Ellen - December 13, 2005

In last night's (12/12/05) introduction to Oliver North's report on "E minus 3," meaning three days before the elections in Iraq, Sean Hannity crowed about the results of a new ABC poll in which 70% of Iraqis say their lives are good. Hannity said that "might surprise some people that are biased by the media coverage." The bigger surprise is that Hannity either didn't know or else ignored the much more damning results of the poll.

According to ABC,

Fewer than half, 46 percent, say the country is better off now than it was before the war. And half of Iraqis now say it was wrong for U.S.-led forces to invade in spring 2003, up from 39 percent in 2004.

The number of Iraqis who say things are going well in their country overall is just 44 percent, far fewer than the 71 percent who say their own lives are going well. Fifty-two percent instead say the country is doing badly.

There's other evidence of the United States' increasing unpopularity: Two-thirds now oppose the presence of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, 14 points higher than in February 2004. Nearly six in 10 disapprove of how the United States has operated in Iraq since the war, and most of them disapprove strongly. And nearly half of Iraqis would like to see U.S. forces leave soon.

Oliver North, in Iraq, gave another upbeat assessment of the war that focused mainly on how well the elections will go. Col. Abu Haider, of the Iraqi Army, said "I think today it's a very bad day for the enemies of Iraq."

Gen. George Casey, Commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq said, "It's going to be a great day for Iraq."

Also overlooked was yesterday's New York Times report that shows the "liberated" Iraq sometimes bears a lot of resemblance to the old Iraq.

American and Iraqi forces raiding an Iraqi government detention center last Thursday in Baghdad discovered more than 600 prisoners packed into a cramped space, 13 of them mistreated so badly they had to be taken to a hospital, a senior American official said early Monday.

Sean Hanity sounded chipper as he closed with the words, "Three days away from makin' history."

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