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The Realities of the War in Iraq Unfold at Lightening Speed but Fox News is Clueless

Reported by Melanie - February 20, 2007 -

As most of us know, the situation in Iraq is deteriorating almost by the hour. Today's very bad news is that the Iraqi government has split over allegations that a Sunni woman was raped at a police station manned by Shias, on Sunday night. The row - which highlights the almost indescribable tension between the Sunnis and Shias - threatens to completely undermine "the security plan."

Meanwhile, an Iraqi woman writes about seeing this news on television. She notes that Oprah Winfrey was simultaneously telling a studio "full of American women who seem to have over-shopped that they could probably do with fewer designer products."

Hours later, Fox's Neil Cavuto, who referred to himself today (February 20, 2007) as a "big journalist," hosted a "Blue Star Mom" named Deborah Johns. The alleged topic of the segment, as set forth by the chyron at the bottom of the screen was, "Will Pro-Troop Caravan Get Equal Media Attention?," yet Cavuto's first question to Johns made the true topic obvious: "You are not going to get the attention that Cindy Sheehan's rallies get. Does that bother you?"

Well of course it bothered her but what bothered me was that while Iraq burns -- literally -- the "big journalists" at Fox -- you know, the ones who are supposed to bring us the news, as in facts, -- are at this late stage in the disintegration of Iraq and our complete defeat there, hosting guests like Johns who are so utterly uninformed that they say things like this:

I think her -- she is completely wrong in her efforts and I'm going to tell you, it is my opinion that Cindy Sheehan's negative rhetoric that she continues to spew about our military men and women, it is her efforts that are continuing to inspire the insurgents in Iraq to continue to shoot at our military men and women.

My emphasis.

The Iraqi woman, Riverbend, wrote in the post linked to above:

Let me clear it up for any moron with lingering doubts: It’s worse. It’s over. You lost. You lost the day your tanks rolled into Baghdad to the cheers of your imported, American-trained monkeys. You lost every single family whose home your soldiers violated. You lost every sane, red-blooded Iraqi when the Abu Ghraib pictures came out and verified your atrocities behind prison walls as well as the ones we see in our streets. You lost when you brought murderers, looters, gangsters and militia heads to power and hailed them as Iraq’s first democratic government. You lost when a gruesome execution was dubbed your biggest accomplishment. You lost the respect and reputation you once had. You lost more than 3000 troops. That is what you lost America. I hope the oil, at least, made it worthwhile.

Fox reminds me of a child throwing a temper tantrum in an elementary school sandbox because it can't get its way. Fox doesn't seem to have noticed nor to care that the grown-ups have moved on. The violence in Iraq results from forces extraordinarily more complex than that of a Cindy Sheehan speaking her mind. Fox's news value equals that of some of Oprah's topics yet the FCC still allows it to use the word "news" - "fair and balanced news" at that - in its title.