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Too much journalism making FOX Friends upset

Reported by Chrish - June 30, 2008 -

The New York Times article published this morning got a second helping of scorn from Steve Doocy in conjunction with another segment about Seymour Hersh's article in the New Yorker about covert operations in Iran intended to topple the regime from within.
With video.

The segment was largely uninformative except to let viewers know that there's real reporting going on in New York, and the Friends do not approve. Gretchen Carlson even managed to get in a gratuitous slap at the UN, first expressing surprise that they would even agree to sanctions against Iran but then scoffing at them because "they never follow through."

Note that Brian Kilmeade's comments that the US has captured members of Al Quds, commandos in Iran's Revolutionary Guard, leads listeners to infer that they are already in Iraq training militias, fighting, and directing operations and US forces have captured and interrogated them there. Hersh's reporting, however, states that they are brought to Iraq FOR interrogation. Steve Doocy was sure to note that top Democrats were in on these plans and approved the $500 million for it (though Hersh reported $400 - whatever, right?) and hastened to his larger point ; What's going on with all this reporting?? Or, as he put it, "Why do we have all these stories about super secret operations in the New Yorker today, and also on the front page of the New York Times?"

Ummm, because it's their job as journalists? But "according to Drudge, the White House did not want them to write what's going on over in Pakistan, but the New York Times did about 50 column inches today, explaining in great detail about some very secret Pentagon operations. What's that about?"

Kilmeade guesses that the Pentagon is fighting the Bush administration, who appears to be hell-bent on attacking Iran before Bush leaves office, so the Pentagon leaked the story to Seymour Hersh. Carlson guesses that the ultimate (goal) here is to stop Iran from making a nuclear weapon, and how do you do that? The sanctions (which she's surprised were put in the first place by the hapless UN) haven't worked, so.... Left hanging is the implication that we have no alternative but to attack.

According to Hersh, some Congressional leaders are uncomfortable that their approval of this expansion did not go in the direction which they thought it would:

"But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature. ...

"The covert operations set forth in the Finding essentially run parallel to those of a secret military task force, now operating in Iran, that is under the control of JSOC. Under the Bush Administration’s interpretation of the law, clandestine military activities, unlike covert C.I.A. operations, do not need to be depicted in a Finding, because the President has a constitutional right to command combat forces in the field without congressional interference.

"There is a growing realization among some legislators that the Bush Administration, in recent years, has conflated what is an intelligence operation and what is a military one in order to avoid fully informing Congress about what it is doing." ...
“The C.I.A. needed the Finding to do its traditional stuff, but the Finding does not apply to JSOC. The President signed an Executive Order after September 11th giving the Pentagon license to do things that it had never been able to do before without notifying Congress. The claim was that the military was ‘preparing the battle space,’ and by using that term they were able to circumvent congressional oversight. Everything is justified in terms of fighting the global war on terror.”

Both scorned articles are factual and, more important to the Friends, critical of the Bush administration and skeptical of their competency. No big secrets are revealed, but many connections are made and unflattering opinions aired. The information might cause readers to think critically about the soundbite propaganda ("war on terror, Iran nuke showdown, axis of evil") and not be so easily moved by White House propaganda, as heard on FOX.