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Fox Trashing Dean for Maliki Comments; Ignores Statements Made By Maliki

Reported by Janie - July 27, 2006 -

During last night's (7/26) "Special Report with Brit Hume", Fox News Correspondent Major Garrett filed a flowery, shining report on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his appearance before Congress yesterday. The report rained praise on Maliki as well as the war in Iraq, but took a sharp turn to attack DNC Chair Dr. Howard Dean for his claim that Maliki is an "anti-Semite". Garrett did not, however, provide details to the viewers as to why Dean made the comment and simply attacked him.

Garrett began the segment by giving this brief summation of why some were upset with Maliki: "Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a symbol of Iraq's fledgling Democracy, strode into the well of the house hoping he had diffused the controversy over his government's condemnation of Israel, and his refusal to condemn Hezbollah." Garrett then diverted the course, discussing protestor Medea Benjamin and continuing to blanket Maliki in praise. Eventually, the segment turned vicious when the topic veered to Dr. Dean.

MG: "But far away from the pomp of the House Chamber, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean attacked Maliki as no Democrat had before."

HD (Palm Beach, FL): "The Iraqi Prime Minister is an anti-Semite. We don't need to spend 200, 300 and 500 billion bringing Democracy to Iraq and turn it over to people who believe Israel doesn't have a right to defend itself and who refuse to condemn Hezbollah."

MG: "Dean, who has clashed before with Hill Democrats over strategy and policy seemed oddly out of step with Democrats who attended Maliki's speech, and those who while still critical of Maliki and Hezbollah offered supportive appraisals of the risks he faces."

Jack Reed (clip): "He's risked not just his political career, but his life, to try to bring stability to his country and progress to his people."

MG: "Virginia Republican John Warner said Dean's anti Semite attack on Maliki didn't deserve a response."

JW (clip): Dismiss Howard Dean. Really, he's a disappointment I hope to even some Democrats. I don't care to deal with that."

While Dr. Dean may or may not be correct in his estimation of Maliki, a "fair and balanced" news source would find it appropriate to actually include the comments made by Maliki so viewers would be able to judge for themselves. Fox refused to do this, attempting to diffuse the situation - that after years of fighting and almost 2,600 American lives - we've simply installed another anti-Israel regime in Iraq. So, rather than confront the issue - Fox chooses the low road and attacks their favorite target, Dr. Dean.

For those that watched this segment, and were left uninformed, here are the actual comments made by Maliki, so you can judge whether Dr. Dean was correct in his assessment or not:

“The Israeli attacks and airstrikes are completely destroying Lebanon’s infrastructure."
“I condemn these aggressions and call on the Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting in Cairo to take quick action to stop these aggressions. We call on the world to take quick stands to stop the Israeli aggression.” (Maliki outright states that he condemns Israel - which Garrett ignores and claims it's "his government".)

The official release from Maliki's office included:

"Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki denounces the Israeli raids on Lebanon and warns of the consequences of escalation in the region."

"The prime minister calls on Arab foreign ministers to meet to take a clear stand that condemns the criminal acts in Lebanon and Gaza and affirms this assault will make Lebanon's people more united and cohesive in the face of the Israeli challenge."