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Is Fox News Soft on Terrorism?

Reported by Judy - March 30, 2006

Is Fox News soft on terrorism? Why else would "Dayside" co-host Mike Jerrick suggest that it might be better for Zacarias Moussaoui to be spared the death penalty?

During "Dayside" on Thursday (March 30, 2006), Jerrick was interviewing Bob Massi, a Fox News legal analyst. Massi made some interesting points in his discussion of Moussaoui's trial, one of which revolved around the tricky question of Moussaoui's right to remain silent.

Massi said the government case blames Moussaoui for deaths on 9/11and then added, "It's sort of shifting responsibility [for 9/11] potentially from the intelligence [agencies] to this guy who had the information. If there is a conviciton on this ground alone ... they will appeal that to the Supreme Court. Because it's a very unique theory saying one person had vital information, didn't disclose it. And then you get into this very tough issues, and that is, even though I could care less about terrorists' constitutional rights, what about the right to remain silent?" In other words, isn't the government claiming that Moussaoui had no right to remain silent while they were questioning him, even though the constitution says defendants have a right to remain silent.

Then Jerrick noted that some people have suggested Moussaoui is exaggerating his role in 9/11 so that he can be executed and go to his reward as a martyr. "Maybe the thing to do with him is don't executive him," Jerrick said, apparently meaning that Moussaoui's anticipated reward would be delayed and that would frustrate him.

"That's a pretty great perspective there," Massi replied.

Funny, if a Democrat suggested it, Fox News would replay the tape and ask why he or she was soft on terrorism.

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