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New Twists on Old Stories

Reported by Eleanor - September 17, 2004 -

Fox & Friends (Sept. 17, 7:00 a.m.) had extensive coverage of the CBS memo; a little campaign news; and a twist on the Oil for Food story.

The Friends, in exhaustive detail, rehashed the CBS story using words like shocked; confused; a bomb going off; don't know how to get out of it; desperate for attention; loss of credibility. They paint a picture of CBS in disarray with 60 Minutes trying to distance itself from 60 Minutes 2; Rather ratings going down; use of partisan sources; Dan Rather addicted to fame; CBS loss of credibility; need for apology; Internet - a bunch of people in pajamas; Andy Rooney believes it's fake - and he's the smartest one over there; might cost Rather who is reluctant to concede. This kind of dialogue went on for about half the program.

Squeezed in between the CBS flak and the hurricane, Kerry was presented giving a speech about giving the American people the truth, with a comment about receiving tepid, light applause at the National Guard convention in Las Vegas, with about 100 people walking out, along with a Gallup poll showing Bush ahead by 13 points, and Pew and Harris polls about even.

At the end of the program, a few minutes were spent on resurrecting the U.N. Oil for Food story, with the headline that terrorists who are killing our troops could be using Oil for Food money to support themselves. It's called Oil Blood Money and U.N. Blood Money in a promo for a Fox program on this coming up later. The story goes that the U.N. might have helped fund al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden - with no bank statements - but they could be connected. Is this possible or quite probable? Sadam had terrorist front companies, that the U.N. didn't know about, paying kick-backs - tremendous debacle - credibility of the U.N. at stake, including France and Germany. Was the U.N. in "cahoots," or the end justified the means? The U.N. turned a "blind eye." Did not perform due diligence with Sadam's "front companies."

Comment: This U.N. Oil for Food story has been on Fox for months, and they continue to bring it up, but I don't think they have linked Sadam's companies so specifically to al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden until now. Let's see where this one goes.