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Fox News Touts 'Good News' War Coverage Again

Reported by Judy - March 22, 2006

Fox News skipped most of its "Dayside" programming again on Wednedsay (March 22, 2006) in order to broadcast George Bush's entire question and answer session with an audience of military families in Wheeling, West Virginia, but took pains to re-show the video of a question criticizing U.S. media for focusing too much on violence in Iraq.

The woman who asked the question said her husband had worked as a broadcast journalist in Tirkrit for 13 months and had brought back DVDs filled with reconstruction of health care facilities there. She wanted Bush's help in getting it out to the public because, "Our major media networks do not want to portray the good things. They just want to focus on another car bomb or they just want to focus on some more bloodshed or they just want to focus on how they do not agree with you on what you're doing when they do not even probably know how you're doing what you're doing anyway. ... If the American people could see it [her husband's DVDs] there would never be another negative word about this conflict."

The audience stood and applauded after her question.

Bush urged her to use the internet (singular this time) to spread the word. "That's one way to deal with an issue without suppressing a free press. We will never do that in America. The minute we start to suppress our press we look like the Taliban. The minute we start telling people who to worship we look like the Taliban and we're not interested in that in America. We're the opposite. We believe in freedom and we believe in freedom in all its forms," he said. Of course, Bush may plant phony stories in the media, allow Republican operatives like Jeff Gannon to infiltrate the real media, avoid having news conferences, pay reporters to promote his programs in their columns, let journalists go to jail to protect their sources within his administration who are being investigated for breaking the law, and cozy up to Fox News, but he will never suppress a free press.

Fox News replayed the woman's question and the audience's response when it returned to "Dayside" and the co-host, Juliet Huddy, asked Fox News military analyst retired U.S. Army Major General Paul Vallely: "Our major media networks do not want to portray the good. Is it your feeling that the media, the mainstream media, is not portraying the situation fairly or accurately?"

Vallely said they were not, mainly because journalists now tend to stay in the Green Zone because it is too dangerous to venture outside of it (sort of undercutting the argument that there is a whole lot of good news out there to gather). Co-Host Mike Jerrick asked if the military should go back to inbedding journalists with troops, giving the impression that the thought the army could more or less require that. But Vallely said he was not sure if the networks would agree to that, without being specific as to why. Jerrick insisted that Fox would be interested.

These nitwits who like to talk about all the good things going on Iraq need a reality check. This is what the blog "Today in Iraq" reports went on there Tuesday and Wednesday:

"Bring 'em on: A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. military convoy on the main road leading to Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday morning, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua. It was not clear whether there were any casualties among the U.S. troops.

"Bring ‘em on: Rebels blasted an Iraqi police station with grenade and mortar fire before dawn on Wednesday, killing four policemen in Madaen, south of Baghdad, police said. They said they had detained about 70 suspects in raids in the town after the assault. [This is quite different from what most reports are saying about how "U.S. and Iraqi forces captured 50 of them after a two-hour gunbattle".]

"Bring 'em on: Roadside bomb strikes British patrol killing civilian and wounding British soldier in southern Basra.

"Update: In the Tuesday attack in Muqdadiyah, about 100 gunmen cut phone wires and fired rocket-propelled grenades in a daring operation that freed 18 fellow insurgents who had been captured in police raids just two days earlier. Police said 15 other captives were sprung in the assault on the Muqdadiyah lockup. Twenty Iraqi security men and at least 10 insurgents were killed in the attack.

"In an Internet posting Tuesday night the military wing of the Mujaheddin Shura Council, a militant Sunni Muslim insurgent group, purportedly claimed it carried out the operation. The Web posting said the group killed ``40 policemen, liberated 33 prisoners and captured weapons.'' The claim was posted on the Iraqi News Web site and could not be independently verified.

"U.S. helicopters were in the air above the jail after the insurgents had fled. Police said there was firing into the air by residents, but it was not clear if the American aircraft were the target. None was hit.

"Both U.S. and Iraqi military officials had said last year that the area was no longer an insurgent stronghold, but Tuesday's attack showed the militants still could assemble a large force, capable of operating in the region virtually at will.

"OTHER SECURITY INCIDENTS

"Police discover a total of 13 corpses Tuesday, nine of them in Baghdad. The other four bodies, full of bullet wounds, were found on the shores of the Tigris river about 55 miles south of the capital.

"Gunmen kill employee of Baghdad mayor's office while he was driving in Dora in south Baghdad.

"Pilgrim and 22 wounded when gunmen ambush truck carrying Shi'ite pilgrims in western Baghdad. The pilgrims had been returning from the Arbain mourning ritual in Kerbala. A bus travelling on another road in the same area was hit by machinegun fire 2-1/2 hours later. 21 people were wounded in that incident.

"Two police commandos wounded when roadside bomb explodes near their patrol in southern Baghdad.

"Two policemen killed and one wounded when gunmen ambush their patrol in western Baghdad.

"Police find three bodies with gunshot wounds to the head and with their hands bound in southern Baghdad.

"Four bodyguards for the electricity minister wounded when gunmen ambush their convoy as they headed to Baghdad airport to pick up the minister.

"Body of man wearing Iraqi military uniform delivered to morgue in the southern city of Kut. The man had been killed outside Madain, a morgue official said.

"Gunmen kill three civilians transporting bricks on a country road outside Baqouba. A roadside bomb then exploded when a police patrol went to the site, wounding one officer."

No wonder her husband has lots of video of health care facilities being rebuilt. With all that bloodshed, they need every hospital they can build. I'm sure her husband did a great job over there, but building hospitals and giving candy bars to kids doesn't cut it when bodies are being found left and right.

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