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O'Reilly Lambasts CNN, MSNBC's Iraq Coverage
Says They "Delight in Showing Iraqi Violence" in Attempt to Make Bush Look Bad
06/13/2007 3:37 PM ET
Eight key graphs from Bill O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" at the top of his Fox News show last night:

"A group called the Project for Excellence in Journalism says that during the first three months of this year, FOX News had less coverage of Iraq than CNN and MSNBC (see the AP's report on the PEJ report here).

That led CNN Chief Jonathan Klein to say, quote, "FOX News were obviously cheerleaders for the war. When the war went badly, they had to dial back coverage because it didn't fit their preconceived story lines."

In my opinion, CNN, and especially MSNBC, delight in showing Iraqi violence because they want Americans to think badly of President Bush. And that strategy has succeeded.

So their Iraqi coverage is more political than informational, again in my opinion. Could be wrong about CNN. I'm not wrong about the committed left wing crew over at NBC.

Finally, just who are these Project for Excellence in Journalism people? Well, their spokesman is a guy named Mark Jerkowitz, a former TV writer for the far left Boston Globe and the off the chart left Boston Phoenix.

Now I've known Mr. Jerkowitz for many years. He hates FOX News and is a committed leftist. So much for journalistic excellence.

Now when the Associated Press picked up the study, it didn't identify Jerkowitz as a FOX hater. And it should have.

The bottom line is this. We've reported time and again that the war in Iraq is indeed a mess. There's little news value in broadcasting daily bombings. By the way, FOX News continues to crush CNN and MSNBC in the ratings, as the folks know news when they see it. And that's the "Memo."

You can read O'Reilly's entire "Talking Points Memo" here.

Perhaps this error on the FoxNews.com site was a Freudian slip, but the correct spelling of the PEJ's associate director's family name is Jurkowitz, not Jerkowitz.

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