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Gov. Haley Barbour Latest Fox News Guest To Falsely Claim U.S. Not Attacked Under Bush After 9/11

Reported by Guest Blogger - January 8, 2010 -

Guest blogged by Brian

After President Obama spoke yesterday, Neil Cavuto interviewed Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) about the speech. Barbour told Cavuto, "One of the things the American people appreciate about the Bush administration, after Sept.11, not one time did the terrorists who tried to kill us and end our way of life, not one time were they able to attack the mainland United States again." Not only is that false, host Neil Cavuto did not correct the record. With video.

As Media Matters points out, in 2001, Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber” tried to blow up an American Airlines plane bound for Miami, in order to "carry out terrorist operations for Al-Qaeda."

In 2002, there was an attack at the El-Al ticket counter at LAX airport. Two years later, the Justice Department said the attack, which killed two people, was an act of "international terrorism."

In 2006, a University of North Carolina man drove an SUV onto campus striking 9 people. Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar wanted to "follow in the footsteps of one of my role models, Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11/01 highjackers."

Host Neil Cavuto should have corrected the record (as Bill O’Reilly sort of did when Monica Crowley tried to make the same claim).