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Special Report Files Another Hit Job on Barack Obama

Reported by Janie - February 13, 2007 -

Senator Barack Obama appeared before a crowd in his hometown of Chicago Sunday, shortly after announcing his intentions to run for President in 2008. During a candid discussion about the War in Iraq, Obama said the war, "should have never been waged. And to which we have now spent $400 billion and it's seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted."

Immediately after the rally, Obama apologized for the comment about lives "wasted" during an interview and clarified what he meant. During last night's (2/12) Special Report Fox Correspondent Steve Brown covered the comments, but refused to mention the apology or the clarification. Updated with video.

Brown set up the story by making Obama the center of a "controversy", "Senator Barack Obama, anti-war candidate for President, now finds himself the subject of criticism on Iraq. Yesterday at Iowa State University, listen carefully how Obama ends this description of the Iraqi campaign."

Comment: Brown sets up the segment by making it clear to viewers exactly what he, and Fox, wants them to hear. For being so deliberate in pointing out the comment, one would assume he'd be just as deliberate in pointing out the apology. Not so.

BO (clip): "Should have never been waged. And to which we have now spent $400 billion and it's seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted."

SB: "Use of the word wasted about American Iraq wars dead prompted strategists from the Republican National Committee to say, quote 'The families of these fallen heroes should be outraged and deserve better than to have someone describe the lives of their lost loved ones as 'wasted.'"

Comment: Not only does he not mention the apology, he makes certain to quickly point out what the RNC had to say about Obama.

Brown continued, "Not only is Obama hearing it from Republicans, he's even hearing it while surrounded by Democrats."

BO (clip): Energy. We know. All right guys. Come on guys. You know. You made your point.

SB: "Obama was interrupted twice by anti-war demonstrators at an event in his hometown of Chicago. The protestors unfurled banners demanding Obama call for de-funding the Iraq war immediately. This, even though Obama proposes a phased withdraw of US troops to end in March of next year."

The segment turned to Hillary Clinton and her position on the Iraq war at this point, and not once was Obama's apology and clarification mentioned.

From the Des Moines Register:

"In an interview following the rally, Obama, who said he has visited with the families of military personnel who have been killed in the war, said he regretted saying the lives had been 'wasted.'

'I was actually upset with myself when I said that, because I never use that term,' he said. 'Their sacrifices are never wasted.... What I meant to say was those sacrifices have not been honored by the same attention to strategy, diplomacy and honesty on the part of civilian leadership that would give them a clear mission.'"

Not exactly "fair and balanced." To contact Special Report about this segment, e-mail special@foxnews.com