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'Does He Ever Get a Story Right?'

J$P Audio! John Gibson catches David Shuster in another phony attack on Fox:

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From The John Gibson Show, January 8 2008

Bill Corcoran
I wrote to John Gibson calling attention to my blog http://corksphere.blogspot.com/ which is entirely devoted to covering the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Gibson wrote back to me saying "nobody looks at you blog, not even your pals." Ouch! I then wrote to Gibson yesterday and wondered why it is he and Heather Nauert could go for a whole hour on "The Big Story" and never once mention 9 U.S. soldiers were KILLED in Iraq yesterday? Natually, I didn't hear back from Gibson and don't expect to hear from him because Gibson and Fox News have made a decision that the Iraq war is not worth covering anymore except toi try and sell the American public on how well the "surge" is going. If the "surge" is going so well how come 9 U.S. soldiers were KILLED yesterday? 
I suggested to John Gibson I would imagine the familes of the 9 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq wouldn't think Gibson is such a great patriot if he couldn't find just a minute to mention their deaths, but he can wear one of those stupid looking little American flag lapel pins which is supposed to mean he (Gibson) is a real patriot. 
I then watched Brit Hume's one hour show with Brett Baier sitting in and again FOX NEWS went the entire hour and never once mentioned 9 U.S. soldiers had been killed in Iraq. 
Fox News has obviously made a corporate decision to avoid any bad news coming out of Iraq and continue to sing the praises of the "surge" when everyday on my blog I point out how violence is INCREASING all across Iraq again.
I have always said it isn't what Fox News reports, but what they DON'T report which is most troubling to me as a former reporter and columnist, and in this case a former member of the U.S. Army Combat Engineers and a Korean War veteran.
January 10, 2008, 2:55:29 AM EST – Like – Reply

Vince P
For stats that are more comprehensive than Bill's limited focus (for the purpose of his undermine-the-troops effort), I recommend this site
For example in just the past three days:
Date Country City Killed Injured Description 
1/9/2008 Algeria Ait Yahia 4 2 Islamic fundamentalists kill four local soldiers in a landmine attack. 
1/9/2008 Philippines Jolo 2 0 Two off-duty cops are shot to death by suspected Islamic extremists, while jogging along a road. 
1/9/2008 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 34-year-old man riding his motorcycle is murderd by Islamist gunmen. 
1/8/2008 Iraq Madaen 2 5 A Fedayeen suicide bomber takes out two Iraqi policemen. 
1/8/2008 Somalia Dibiyada 4 7 Four civilians are killed during an ambush by Islamic militants. 
1/7/2008 Afghanistan Helmand 4 4 Taliban militants kill four Afghans with a roadside bombing. 
1/7/2008 Iraq Hawija 3 0 A married couple and their young son are shot to death by Islamic terrorists. 
1/7/2008 Iraq Baghdad 18 63 Eighteen innocents are are killed in two separate bombings, one a Fedayeen attack 
1/7/2008 Iraq Khanaqeen 6 0 Radical Sunnis abduct, bind and then murder five men. A carpenter is gunned down in a separate attack. 
1/7/2008 Pakistan Chugmalai 1 3 Islamic militants attack a security post, killing a local soldier. 
1/7/2008 Afghanistan Spin Boldak 1 4 A suicide bomber on a motorcycle kills a local border guard. 
1/6/2008 Pakistan Peshawar 1 0 Fundamentalists bomb a video shop, killing a security guard. 
1/6/2008 Iraq Baghdad 3 16 A Jihad car bombing kills three people and injrues sixteen others. 
1/6/2008 Iraq Baghdad 11 17 A Fedayeen suicide bomber attacks an Iraqi celebration of national unity, killing eleven innocent people. 
1/6/2008 Pakistan Wana 9 8 Nine tribal leaders are killed in two separate shooting attacks by Uzbeki Islamic extremists. 
1/6/2008 Iraq Muqdadiya 4 0 Islamic radicals kidnap and behead four people, tossing their heads out on a highway.
January 10, 2008, 3:14:58 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
Vince: I don't see where even ONE U.S. soldier was killed in the list you just posted. My argument is FoxNews no longer even reports on the deaths of Americans killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. They had plenty of time yesterday to make at least a mention of the 9 U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ, but they didn't and I think that is not only horrible journalism it is also an insult to the families of the soldiers who died in Iraq.
January 10, 2008, 6:08:07 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Bill, while your claims that "Fox didn't show it" sound nice for your cause, it never holds water. If you still wrote for the mutts J$ would be posting video proof of your lies right now.
January 10, 2008, 7:14:30 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
Fox Fan: Why don't you tell me and the readers when FOX NEWS reported on the 9 soldiers killed in Iraq yesterday.
January 10, 2008, 9:11:34 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
Fox Fan: I wrote about how John Gibson and Brit Hume's show yesterday NEVER mentioned the deaths of 9 GIs in Iraq. If Johnny has proof they used, then he can put it up, but I watched both shows in their entirety and they NEVER mentioned the deaths of the 9 soldiers. 
Maybe it was mentioned later on, but not on those two shows and those are the two shows I wrote about.
January 10, 2008, 9:15:59 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
FOX FAN: This is an AP story and FOX NEWS should be reporting this story rather than all the other crap they run to divert attention away from the war.
I saw this story reported on MSNBC and CNN, but so far I have not seen it on Fox News. 
Perhaps someone at Fox News will wakeup and reazlize they owe it to the families of the 9 fallen warriors to report this story even though it makes their claims about how well the "surge" is going look ridiculous.
January 10, 2008, 9:26:23 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
FOX FAN: Here is confirmation of the deaths of 9 U.S. soldiers. Why isn't Fox News reporting this, and if they are where has it been? I have yet to see a mention on Fox News about the deaths of 9 soldiers in Iraq. 
U.S. Deaths Confirmed By The DoD: 3912 
Reported U.S. Deaths Pending DoD Confirmation: 9 
Total 3921 
DoD Confirmation List 
Latest Coalition Fatality: Jan 09, 2008
01/09/08 MNF: MND-N Soldiers attacked by HBIED 6 killed, 4 wounded
Six Multi-National Division – North Soldiers were killed by a house born improvised explosive device while conducting operations in Diyala Jan. 9. ...four MND-N Soldiers were injured in the explosion and evacuated to a Coalition Forces’ hospital. 
01/09/08 MNF: MND-North Soldiers attacked - 3 killed, 2 wounded
Three Multi-National Division – North Soldiers died from injuries sustained during an attack while conducting operations in Salah ad Din province Jan. 8. Additionally, two more Soldiers were injured and evacuated to a Coalition hospital.
January 10, 2008, 9:38:19 AM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
> I watched both shows in their entirety and they NEVER mentioned the deaths of the 9 soldiers
That's certainly possible. But is it so surprising that two primarily political programs would devote almost all their time to politics on the day of the New Hampshire primary? Unless you're watching Fox News from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm you just can't make the blanket claim that Fox "didn't cover" something. I mean, did you even watch The Fox Report, the channel's nightly one-hour newscast? Oh well you can make claims, but you're not helping yourself if it turns out you guessed wrong.
January 10, 2008, 10:21:02 AM EST – Like – Reply

Billy says: Vince: I don't see where even ONE U.S. soldier was killed in the list you just posted.
Well that's because there is a WAR declared on humanity by a certain group of dispersed people all of whom adhere to Method of Mohemmed and engage in Jihad for the sake of Allah.
Because these folks honor no Laws of War, they specifically seek to harm military and non-military persons (Takfir Muslims, Apostate Muslims, Kuffars, Polytheists, those who commit Shirk, pagans, and the worst, Jews) who are other than what they are.
Therefore, US Military Deaths, while unfortunate, is the wrong benchmark. The soldiers are doing the jobs they signed up for and engaging the enemy is part of the risks.
The neccessary benchmark in this war is the number of people being killed who aren't in uniform... for as long as the murder of innocents goes on, the war goes on... the murder being evidence of the intention of the war-makers.
By hysterically raising up each American military death you are creating an incentive for the enemy to kill more of them. By using each death as a call to withdraw the troops from battle. you ensure more of them are killed by the enemy so that the feedback loop you established can continue to favor the Jihadists who want to kill you. They really hate cowards and those who undermine their own cause.
Theirs is a demented honor-based society, and betraying one's tribe is a provacation... it'sa signal that perhaps you and your tribe (meaning us , the US) are perhaps ripe to fall.
I do wish you would see things from a more intellegent point of view instead of yoru self-searving emotional and obsolete one.
January 10, 2008, 1:26:57 PM EST – Like – Reply

Bill: I believe the casualties in Iraq were reported last night by Ainsley Earhart on the newsbreak during Hannity and Colmes or Greta.
I know I heard it on FNC.
Johnny: got the tape?
January 10, 2008, 1:29:58 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
It wasn't during H&C. I don't have the video of Greta (room on the DVR was running low so I skipped that show) so maybe that's where you saw it.
January 10, 2008, 1:36:20 PM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
OK, OK, OK. If it was mentioned later in the evening good for Fox News, but my original message on this thread had to do with "The Big Story" and "Special Report." I will grant what Johnny said about "Special Report" being a policital show on the day of the NH primary, but that does not excuse "The Big Story." They covered a myriad of subjects including how two guys wheeled a dead guy in a wheelchair to a check cashing place and tried to cash his Social Security check. Couldn't they have at least put in one sentence about the 9 soldiers killed. AGAIN, MY ORIGINAL COMMENT WAS ABOUT ONLY THOSE TWO SHOWS ON FOX NEWS NOT THE ENTIRE DAY. 
As for Vince's comment, I find it absurd that I would be helping the enemy by requesting the media mention the deaths of U.S. troops. I'm old enough to remember WWII, plus I was in the korean War, and I rememer the Vietnam War and the media always reported on the deaths of American troops. The public has the right to know. 
This idea of hushing up the deaths of Americans in a war makes no sense at all and most of all is an insult to the fallen warriors and to their grieving families.
January 10, 2008, 1:46:31 PM EST – Like – Reply

For goodness sake... no one is saying the news should be suppressed... but what you're doing is creating an incentive for their being killed.
January 10, 2008, 2:45:51 PM EST – Like – Reply

Bill produce your evidence FOX said nothing. Your sourcing of radical left-wing sites calls into question, as always, to prove your case. You are picking two shows that OYU claim said nothing but yet have no evidence to back your claim. I can tell you the deaths of MY HERO'S were mentioned. Also you need to learn, like all puppets of the AMERICAN HATING LEFT aka the AHP, that no one holds a gun to a service members head to take the OTAH that allows you to spew your venum aginst them. I took the OATH in 1982 and you claim you served in Korea. Is that your hatred of the MILITARY the fact you had to be DRAFTED in and hate yourself for not being a TRUE AMERICAN and signing the dotted lines FREELY? You claim to be a Vet yet still can't grasp the concept that AMERICAN'S have, do and always WILL sign FREELY TO DEFEND this country.
January 10, 2008, 3:48:15 PM EST – Like – Reply

I read about that story. Not good stuff... I can't believe there's a corporate mandate saying FNC won't report it anywhere! Wow... just wow.
Oh... here's where I saw the story, for anyone who wants to read it:
January 10, 2008, 4:01:12 PM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
FOX News is notorious for running something about the war on their website, but not reporting the same facts on their TV show, or if they do they give a quick brushover. Simply mentioning during a "news break" that 9 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq is NOT covering the story. 
I'll be FOX will go bananas tonight over the report today that 40,000 tons of bombs were dumped on a part of Baghdad. FOX loves all this killing and they are quick to point out that if civilians are killed that is just "collateral damage." 
Fox was practically in tears on Fox and Friends that our Navy ships didn't blow those Iranina speedboats out of the water yesterday. I will never understand how people who busted their buns to avoid military service for themselves are so gung ho to send someone else's son or daughter into war.
January 10, 2008, 5:09:11 PM EST – Like – Reply

Bill's Malignant Narcissism knows no bounds.
January 10, 2008, 5:40:24 PM EST – Like – Reply

I feel the same way about firemen, Bill. So many people avoid working for the local fire department... but when there’s a fire in their house, who do they call... psh-yeah... the fire department! Jerks... all of them.
In our world, Bill, only people who have done or are currently doing the job get to make the decisions! Never been a teacher... well then don't tell me about education and don't vote on that school budget! Never been a police officer... call someone else when your house gets robbed! Never been a farmer... well hands off my food!
If only there was a way people could make a decision to do a certain job or task… especially in the army. Something like, volunteering to do dangerous jobs. Except, instead of volunteering, they’d get paid to do it. In fact, what if we paid all kinds of people to do those difficult or dangerous, but necessary jobs. Yeah… that’s the world I want to live in… you and me… right Bill?
January 10, 2008, 5:45:13 PM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
"FOX loves all this killing and they are quick to point out that if civilians are killed that is just 'collateral damage'."
You're going to have to source that noxious positing. Where did they say that they loved the killing? Where did they call dead civilians collateral damage? I searched for such a claim or article of such a claim and didn't find a single one of Fox's reports claiming such an absurdity.
January 10, 2008, 10:16:57 PM EST – Like – Reply

Vince P
Bill only complains about lies when they are told about him.. otherwise he has no qualms with throwing out some lies of his own.
January 10, 2008, 10:34:19 PM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
I watched "Special Report: tonight with Brett Baier filling in for Brit Hume. They did a whole segment on the Iraq war and even had a report from Jim Angle all about the "surge." However not ONCE did Angle or any of the panelists, Fred Barnes Mort Kondracke or Moira Shirer (sp?) mention the deaths of 9 U.S. soldiers in Iraq yesterday. If there were a Democrat as President the panel and Jim Angle would be reporting on the deaths of 9 U.S. servicemen and anyone who doesn't know that has their head stuck in the sand. Remember Blackhawk Down? The right wing press beat that story to death. Was that aiding the enemy as Vince P and others say? Of course that was when Clinton was President so then I guess it was OK to report about how U.S. military people were killed. 
And what about the Marine Barracks in Lebanon during the Reagan administration: Over 200 Mariines killed. Was the press supposed to suppress this news? 
BTW: Reagan took action. He got our Marines out of Lebanon right away. Good for him.
January 10, 2008, 11:49:34 PM EST – Like – Reply

Vince P
>BTW: Reagan took action. He got our Marines out of Lebanon right away. Good for him
Yeah Ballyhoo... 
Not realizing that he was perpetuating a pattern started at Vietnam... stub the superpower's toe and watch him run home , chastened.
You certainly have a knack of advocating things which create an incentive for our Islamic enemy to kill us.
January 11, 2008, 12:07:20 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
For confirmation: http://icasualties.org/oif/
I believe these soldiers deserve the last full measure of devotion and their sacrifice to the United States of America should be recognized by the mainstream media in the United States.
U.S. Deaths Confirmed By The DoD: 3915 
Reported U.S. Deaths Pending DoD Confirmation: 6 
Total 3921 
DoD Confirmation List 
Latest Coalition Fatality: Jan 09, 2008
01/10/08 DoD Identifies Army Casualties (3 of 3)
Sgt. David J. Hart, 22, of Lake View Terrace, Calif...died in Balad....died Jan. 9 of wounds sustained during combat operations in Samarra, Iraq...They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team... 
01/10/08 DoD Identifies Army Casualties (2 of 3)
Pfc. Ivan E. Merlo, 19, of San Marcos, Calif., who died in Samarra...died Jan. 9 of wounds sustained during combat operations in Samarra, Iraq...They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team... 
01/10/08 DoD Identifies Army Casualties (1 of 3)
Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier, 20, of Washburn, Ill., who died in Samarra...died Jan. 9 of wounds sustained during combat operations in Samarra, Iraq...They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team... 
Or should their sacrifice for the freedom we all enjoy be swept under the rug because announcing their deaths only aids the terrorists?
Maybe we should do away with Arlington National Cemetery, too.
January 11, 2008, 12:26:10 AM EST – Like – Reply

Vince P
Whats sick is that you think your abusing thier situation by harping about it on a political blog is actually doing some sort of service. It's distgusting what you are doing.
January 11, 2008, 12:44:43 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
IMO Vince what is disgusting is how FOX NEWS doesn't even mention the deaths of these brave young warriors. Thank God for the local news stations around the country who always pay tribute to a fallen warrior from their hometown when their body is returned from Iraq for burial in their hometown. That is a fitting tribute and what a news station should be doing. But then we all know Fox News is not a news station. It is a tabloid news station and wouldn't know a hard news story if it were dropped in their lap.
January 11, 2008, 5:31:45 AM EST – Like – Reply

Vince P
January 11, 2008, 6:20:24 AM EST – Like – Reply

So Bill... with all this anger over the alleged non-reporting of this story by FNC... you have yet to prove to me or anyone else, that one of the other 24 hour stations did a piece on it.
Did they... or should your anger be directed towards ALL the stations?
How about this... if you don't like FOX, and don't think they do a good job... don't watch! *GASP* But then what would you have to bitch about? Who knows, maybe you could get a real job, and be a productive member of society!
January 11, 2008, 9:04:42 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
So far Bill, we have people claiming that they saw coverage at a time that you weren't watching and a link to Fox's site with the story. Judging by the he said/she said here I'd say you've been trumped.
January 11, 2008, 9:54:35 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox mentioned it here
In case the link doesn't work,.. go to the fox news website.. find your way to the Video thingiee.. then click on News | World | Air Strikes.
January 11, 2008, 11:27:45 AM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
OK, that seems to settle the question. Fox did report the deaths, and even put the video on its website. This discussion has veered WAY off topic but I thought it was an interesting one because I think Mr Corcoran has a point in that ALL the news channels (not just Fox) could give more coverage to this sort of thing.
Now that this has been cleared up, would greatly appreciate it if all would do their best to keep discussion at least tangentially related to the topic. Thank you so much.
January 11, 2008, 11:37:03 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
Typical FOX News report. The headline was devoted to 40,000 pounds of bombs being dropped and nothing about the nine soldiers killed. In fact, the reporter only mentioned the deaths of nine soldiers at the end of the report. 
Besides my initial report had to do with The Big Story and Special Report and for two days in a row these program--one hour in length each---could not find even 20 seconds to mention the deaths of NINE U.S. SOLDIERS. 
The Big Story had plenty of time to talk about Britney Spears and Special Report on Thursday did a 10 minute segment on the "surge" and never ONCE mentioned the deaths of NINE U.S. soldiers.
January 11, 2008, 11:45:06 AM EST – Like – Reply

So it's not really that they didn't report the story... it's just they didn't report the story the way YOU wanted them to, and in the place YOU wanted them to.
Perhaps YOU should do your own news program... that way YOU could make those decisions.
January 11, 2008, 12:13:34 PM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
Thanks Johnny Dollar for giving me the opportunity to explain my side of the dustup with News Hounds and for giving me a forum for my views on how "The Big Strory" and "Special Report" DID NOT mention the 9 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, but I will be moving on to other venues. 
Good luck with your blog. It has been fun kicking it around with your readers.
So long.
Bill Corcoran
January 11, 2008, 6:06:45 PM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Bill, you do make this place more interesting. Even if we don't agree on everything, you come across as a person with integrity and strength in your convictions. Debate is a good thing. I hope you aren't gone forever.
January 11, 2008, 8:56:27 PM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
Thanks FOX FAN and for the mention of what I should do on my own blog:
Take care everyone and good luck.
January 12, 2008, 4:44:16 AM EST – Like – Reply

Bill Corcoran
Fox Fan: Thanks to you I think I figured it out. Is this what you were telling me to do. 
P.S. Johnny. Thanks for allowing this housecleaning on your excellent site. 
Bill Corcoran
January 12, 2008, 5:21:29 AM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Yes, you got it. The email address was in the URL field. You are quite the night owl!