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Are FNC Military Analysts Paid By Defense Contractors?

Reported by Deborah - April 19, 2006

Bill O'Reilly spoke to Lt.Col. Ralph Peters tonight about Donald Rumsfeld stepping down telling Peters that he changed his mind about the issue and now believed Rumsfeld should stay. O'Reilly claimed that the military analysts appearing on his show had helped him get a clearer picture and he now believes that things are improving in Iraq. Peters said that things are improving "despite Donald Rumsfeld" and made a provocative comment about the military analysts appearing on FNC.4/19/06

O'Reilly claimed that since things in Iraq were improving, Rumsfeld shouldn't quit because that would "signal defeat" adding that he wondered why the media need to spin a negative picture of Iraq despite the improvement.

Peters said that he was more concerned with the fate of our soldiers and felt there are problems with Rumseld like "military integrity". O'Reilly tried to redirect the conversation by soothing Peters with, " You and I want what's best for the U.S." Then he defended Rumsfeld stating that he wasn't dishonest but just wanted to change the Pentagon.

Then O'Reilly switched gears to Anthony Zinni who he claimed wouldn't come on the show even though he just wrote a book. "Is it political?", he asked Peters and mentioned Zinni's close ties to Clinton.He then began speculating about possible replacements for Rumsfeld claiming that it would take too much time for a new person to learn the job.

Peters stood up for Zinni saying that his men would walk over hot coals for him unlike Rumsfeld. Then Peters took the leap telling O'Reilly that Rumsfeld wanted to take money from the men fighting and put it into high tech weapons, "shock and awe". Then he made a surprising statement about the military analysts that appear on the show.
"One thing you have to do is run on the crawl on the screen some of the defense contract companies they take money from"

O'Reilly quickly defended himself. "I would never put anyone on my show that is not honest" Peters generously told Bill that his show wasn't the problem. Peters then gave his last words which O'Reilly was probably relieved to hear at this point. Peters said simply that " President Bush's loyalty should be to the troops not Rumsfeld."

comment: I can't say I'm surprised considering some of the military experts employed by FOX. This is certainly something worth exploring.

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