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Major Garrett: Kerry & Feingold Opening the Party to Charges of Abandoning the Mission in Iraq

Reported by Janie - June 23, 2006 -

During last night's (6/22) "Special Report with Brit Hume", Fox News Correspondent Major Garrett led the show with the defeat of Senator John Kerry's (D-MA) bill to set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Rather than mention wide spread support among American citizens for setting a timetable, Garrett instead speculated the resolution was "opening the party to charges of abandoning the mission in Iraq."

Garrett said, "The first question, should all US forces leave Iraq by July of next year. The answer? A resounding no…Massachusetts Senator John Kerry defied party leaders and demanded a vote on a timetable to withdrawal US forces, opening the party to charges of abandoning the mission in Iraq. Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold stood with Kerry. Even as he predicted defeat, Feingold proclaimed he and Kerry spoke for most Americans."

Comment: This is another variation of the "some people say" tactic Fox employs. Throw an idea out there to implant in the mind of the viewer, when such a claim has not been made, and if it had - would only be from the far-right fringe of the Republican party. Just another way to smear Democrats without having to come out and say it themselves.

Russ Feingold (clip): "We understand that we're not going to get a majority here, we know we're not going to get anywhere near a majority. But the Senator and I know that we represent the view of the majority of the American people."

Comment: Feingold is absolutely correct - and Garrett dared not mention recent polling to this effect. According to two separate polls taken within the last week, a majority of Americans (52 to 42 and 53 to 41 percent respectively) are in favor of setting a timetable for withdrawal.

All of this comes on the heels of a peace plan being offered by the newly formed Iraqi government, which not only includes amnesty for insurgents, but also sets a TIMETABLE for all foreign troops to be withdrawn - are the Iraqis abandoning the mission as well? (The plan, minus the amnesty, actually sounds like a fairly promising idea!)

The viewers of this segment were once again led by Fox to have an unfavorable opinion of Democrats, while not receiving all of the pertinent information to form an educated opinion.

As an aside, Garrett also failed to mention what this "Mission" in Iraq is - or that it was apparently "Accomplished" in May 2003.