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Fox News Barely Fits in News of Ford's Criticisms

Reported by Judy - December 28, 2006 -

Fox News' "Live Desk" barely had time for a mention of former President Gerald Ford's criticisms of George Bush's war in Iraq on Thursday (December 28, 2006), although it had plenty of time to devote to the continuing squabbling between Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump.

Greg Kelly, reporting from Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, mentioned the Ford criticism only briefly. He noted that in an interview with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward two years ago Ford had criticized Donald Rumsefeld, George Bush, and Dick Cheney, saying they were wrong to justify the war in Iraq based on weapons of mass destruction and that Ford "also seemed to have a problem with the idea of creating a democracy in the Middle East."

Fox News played a short clip from the interview, in which Ford says, "And I just don’t think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security.”

According to the Washington Post story on the interview, Ford criticized the administration "very strongly."

Fox News could have asked for reaction to Ford's comments, but instead it merely buried them in the midst of a longer report so that it could claim it covered them without calling attention to them.