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GUEST,282RA BS: Fair and Balanced (181* d) RE: BS: Fair and Balanced 22 Oct 07

From the book "The Best War Ever" by Rampton & Stauber:

"At the time of the Iraq war, Fox News had just 1,250 full-time and freelance employees and seventeen news bureaus, only six of them overseas, with operating costs of about $250 million. By contrast, CNN had four thousand employees and forty-two bureaus, thirty-one of them overseas, at a cost of about $800 million. In the Middle East, Fox had only fifteen correspondents, compared to at least one hundred apiece for ABC, CBS, NBC and BBC. As U.S. tanks rolled on Baghdad, Fox was forced to purchase video footage of Baghdad from Al Jazeera, the Arab network."

"We don't have the resources overseas that CNN and other networks have. We're going in with less money and equipment and people, and trying to do the same job. You might call it smoke and mirrors, but it's working." --Rick Leventhal, Fox correspondent

Fox News also alleged that France had actually assisted in smuggling Saddam out of Iraq. The accusation was made by Fox military stooge, Paul Vallely, a retired general. "Let me stop you," said billo, "Do you really believe there's going to be conclusive proof, General, do you believe there is going to be conclusive proof that France helped Saddam Hussein and his thugs escape? Do you believe that will come out?"

Vallely replied, "Absolutely. There is enough information, Bill, that I'm getting coming out that is going to bury and break the Chirac government."

"Wow!" exclaimed billo, eight months before a filthy, exhausted Hussein was found cowering in a spider-hole near Tikrit. Apparently, Saddam found France so not to his liking that he decided to return to his hometown.

Fox interviewed all kinds of conservative military and govt people to present the pro-war viewpoint but only interviewed celebrities as Susan Sarandon and Janeane Garofalo for the antiwar view. Tony Snow asked Garofalo if she thought Saddam was trying to obtain WMD. She replied that he probably did only because many leaders would like to have them. She pointed out that there was no evidence that Saddam actually had them however--that out of countries as North Korea, Iran and Pakistan, Saddam was the least likely to have them or be able to get them. She disagreed with Rick Santorum that the war would be cheap. "This is going to be economically devastating for us," she said. She also stated that it is action in Iraq rather than inaction that will make us less safe.

Despite Fox's attempts to paint antiwar people as a bunch of liberal democratic pantywaists who listen to know-nothing celebrities, Garofalo proved herself more knowledgeable than the White House and Pentagon put together. And they have Fox News to thank for it.

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