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Duck and Cover - North Korean Nukes are on the Way

Reported by Melanie - October 10, 2006 -

The first segment on Your World w/Cavuto today (October 10, 2006) featured a live report from South Korea by Fox's Jonathan Hunt. Judging from something Hunt said, the all-terror-all-the-time network continues to concentrate on scaring the bejesus out of its viewers instead of on accuracy in reporting.

Hunt:

The North Korean leadership, meantime, continues to ramp up the rhetoric. One unnamed official apparently telling a Chinese agent, news agency, that nuclear missiles could be fired at the US if the United States does not agree to face-to-face talks.

That jumps out now, doesn't it? If you stopped listening there, or got distracted, or started to think about what a scary thought that was, you missed the fine print:

The officials said, and I'm quoting here, 'We hope the situation will be resolved before an unfortunate incident of us firing a nuclear missile comes. That depends on how the US will act.'

That's a long way from Hunt's interpretation of what the official said, that "nuclear missiles could be fired at the US?"

As Hunt continued, his frightening assertion lost even more luster:

Now Neil, that of course, could simply be empty rhetoric. It is hard to find a single expert who believes that North Korea has the ability to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile or to get that missile anywhere near the United States. But North Korea is not backing down.

Comment: Hunt treated the details and the facts as an afterthought to his fear-mongering. Not only that, what's with quoting an unnamed official who apparently told an also-unnamed Chinese news agency something? The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.