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Fox Does, but Doesn't, "Cover" the War Crimes Complaint Filed Against Donald Rumsfeld in Germany

Reported by Melanie - November 15, 2006 -

I haven't seen any coverage on Fox about the war crimes complaint filed in Germany against Donald Rumsfeld, have you? After a quick review of Fox's website I come up empty there too. But no one can accuse them of blacking that news out; they covered their tracks today (November 15, 2006) on that "business news" show, Your World w/Neil Cavuto. Problem is, the "coverage" was deliberately obscured and if you blinked, you missed it.

Roughly ten minutes into the show Cavuto headed to a break with this promo over a chyron that read, "Unknown Crimes?"

You probably heard about that lawsuit filed in Germany against Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes but I'll bet you have not heard about the crimes committed in North Korea against its very own citizens. Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel is here with his thoughts on that.

After the break, and over a chyron that read, "Double Standard?" Cavuto introduced Wiesel:

North Korea accused of committing crimes against humanity through unspeakable torture of its citizens. You'd be hard pressed to find even one story about it but Google a war crimes complaint filed against Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld by Germany over that Abu Ghraib situation and well, you get a lot. At least 500 stories pop up instantly. Speaks volumes, doesn't it?

(My emphasis.)

With that, Cavuto turned to Wiesel who, according to Cavuto is "the one who lodged the complaint against North Korea over the very same issue." Cavuto asked Wiesel what he thought of the "dichotomy" between the two.

Weisel said he thought, "Germany should be more careful in its language, at least." Vague and uninformative as that was, Cavuto wanted to move on to the real reason for airing the segment so he changed the subject by pointing out that what Weisel was saying was, "that there's bigger stuff going on around us that the media pays no attention to." With that, Wiesel launched into a discussion about how North Korea and Iran are putting "the whole world in danger."

Comment: No, we can't say Fox hasn't covered the Donald Rumsfeld complaint but come on; The audience knows essentially nothing after "coverage" like this. Once again Fox is more interested in providing coverage to the Bush administration than providing news coverage to its viewers.