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FOX and Friends' KFC in Fallujah story more Happy Iraq propaganda

Reported by Chrish - August 5, 2008 -

Well whaddayaknow? FOX and Friends aired a false report last week (7/31/08) and almost got away with it. The report presented a Fallujah not only free from violence but embracing American culture, with a Kentucky Fried Chicken serving up hot-n-spicy wings to happy Iraqis.

Jelliott at TPM Muckraker's b.s. detector went off, and

"On Friday I put in a call to KFC headquarters to ask if the Fallujah chicken joint is the real deal. KFC told me they were looking into the matter. Today, Yum! Restaurants International spokesman Christophe Lecureuil wrote me back:

"I understand you wanted some details about the store in Falluja that looks like a KFC. This store is not approved by KFC International and we have working with the US Military to warn the troops of this situation."

Jelliott sourced the story back to Cpl. Chris T. Mann, Public Information Officer at Regimental Combat Team 1 at a Marine website.(7/16) SSgt Josh Higgins, Public Affairs Chief for the same Regimental Combat Team 1 echoed and amplified the myth in the Greenville Sun. (7/29) From there it traveled to FOX News' national platform, (7/31) with validation by guest Tommy Franks who said it "looks pretty good," and we've witnessed the evolution of a propaganda talking point.

FOX didn't bother to fact-check because they want to believe it and they want to tell their audience good news out of Iraq. "We report, you decide" doesn't really work if the reporting is wrong - unless the goal is to manipulate your decision, then it works beautifully.

h/t gmailer Steve