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Democrats Discussing "Mission Accomplished" Somehow Equates to Defeatism

Reported by Janie - May 2, 2006

Last night (5/1) on "Special Report with Brit Hume", on the third anniversary of the sadly staged "Mission Accomplished" photo-op, White House Correspondent Carl Cameron filed a report about the latest political events surrounding the Iraq war. Just like the Bush Administration, Cameron chose to cherry-pick information to fix his report around Fox policy.

During the segment which discussed Senator Biden's proposal to partition Iraq and Bush's idea that Iraq has "reached a turning point", Cameron actually brought up Senator Leader Harry Reid's comments from the floor of the Senate yesterday.

"Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Leader Harry Reid emerged on the Senate Floor with a poster of the president's speech from 3 years ago today, in which Mr. Bush declared major combat operations in Iraq were over, while standing beneath a navy banner reading Mission Accomplished."

HR (clip): "We know that that declaration was woefully premature, in fact, the President and his team's mismanagement and poor planning have now stretched the Iraq war to a length and monetary cost that matches that of WWII."

CC: "The White House accused Democrats of partisan defeatism."

Scott McClellan (clip): "Well, I think that there are some Democrats that refuse to recognize the important milestone achieved by the formation of a national unity government. And there's an effort simply to distract attention away from the real progress that is being made by misrepresenting and distorting the past. And that really does nothing to help advance our goal of achieving victory in Iraq."

Comment: Must be nice to pick and choose sound clips to make Democrats look bad. It almost seemed that Scottie decided to throw this comment out there simply for Fox to have some material to work with, since this answer had absolutely nothing to do with the question McClellan was asked, which Fox omitted.

Here is the transcript (you can view the video here) from the press conference surrounding this sound byte:

Q: "Havoc. He used the word havoc today, could he, would he, possibly stand under a sign that says Mission Accomplished today, as he did three years ago?"

McClellan: "Well, I think that there are some Democrats that refuse to recognize the important milestone achieved by the formation of a national unity government. And there's an effort simply to distract attention away from the real progress that is being made by misrepresenting and distorting the past. And that really does nothing to help advance our goal of achieving victory in Iraq."

Q: "So, Scott, simply yes-or-no question: Could the president stand under a sign today..."

McClellan: "No, see, this is a way that…"

Q: "This has nothing to do with Democrats. I'm asking you…"

McClellan: "Sure it does."

Q: "Based on reporter's curiosity: Could he stand under a sign again that says Mission Accomplished?"

Cameron refused to air the question the reporter asked to elicit such a response, but very carefully picked the sound byte that would fit his agenda and Fox policy: making Democrats look bad.

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