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N.Y. Times Columnist: Fox News Is Bush's Al Jazeera
NewsMax ^ | 10/16/03 | Limbacher

Posted on 10/16/2003 1:14:56 PM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection

Premier New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman attacked the Fox News Channel on Thursday, comparing the top-rated cable news network to the pro-terrorist Al Jazeera broadcasting company.

Using a recent speech by Vice President Dick Cheney to argue that the Bush administration is too narrow-minded in its handling of postwar Iraq, Friedman complained, "Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein issue messages from their caves through Al Jazeera, and Mr. Cheney issues messages from his bunker through Fox."

"Out of fairness, my newspaper feels obligated [to cover the Cheney speech]," the top Times columnist wrote. "But I wish we would have said to the V.P.: If you're going to give a major speech on Iraq to an audience that's limited to your own supporters and not allow any questions, that's not news."

Friedman's suggestion that Fox News is the White House's Al Jazeera network is particularly odd, since Fox broke the story that nearly cost President Bush the 2000 election - the notorious 1976 DUI episode.

Fox's owner, NewsCorp Chairman Rupert Murdoch, supported Al Gore in the 2000 election and contributed $50,000 to the Gore campaign.

Friedman's slap at Fox's credibility comes despite that fact that earlier this year, his paper admitted to publishing stories by a journalist known to have repeatedly fabricated previous reports for the Times.



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1 posted on 10/16/2003 1:14:57 PM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
The NY Times is Krinton's Pravda.
2 posted on 10/16/2003 1:17:07 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Tom should talk about his own NY People's Daily Worker.
3 posted on 10/16/2003 1:18:10 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman is AMERICAN PRAVDA

4 posted on 10/16/2003 1:18:27 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Thomas Friedman is trying to make excuses for the inexcusable reporting the NYT has done.
5 posted on 10/16/2003 1:18:43 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
The dullard's never heard of the Clinton News Network.
6 posted on 10/16/2003 1:19:00 PM PDT by theDentist (Liberals can sugarcoat sh** all they want. I'm not biting.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Well Fox News is to Bush as the New York Times is to Al-Qaeda.
7 posted on 10/16/2003 1:20:03 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Spruce
The NY Times is Krinton's Pravda.

And Friedman is his bath house buddy.

8 posted on 10/16/2003 1:20:07 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
The liberal media is having a snit-fit that more than one view is being presented at Fox News - they can't get over it that things have changed and that there is now an outlet for the more conservative point of view - too bad.

Fox presents plenty of the liberal viewpoint as well.

9 posted on 10/16/2003 1:20:49 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: Spruce
My thoughts exactly - except the REAL object of The Times' servile adoration is:


10 posted on 10/16/2003 1:23:07 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Serving You... on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: Always Right
Fox News is to Bush as the New York Times is to Al-Qaeda

All right now I'm having SAT flashbacks.

11 posted on 10/16/2003 1:23:16 PM PDT by Lost Highway (There's no stopping the cretins from hoppin.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Freidman has, from time to time, put his toe in the water of the W camp. I'm sure that displeased his bosses and he has since gone back to bashing. Disgruntled and becoming bitter. Has he been seeing Madeline Albright?
12 posted on 10/16/2003 1:23:20 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Fox News Is Bush's Al Jazeera

So, given that the NY Times considers Al Jazeera to be a balanced and honest news source, I guess the NY Times just paid Fox News a compliment. :)

13 posted on 10/16/2003 1:23:30 PM PDT by been_lurking
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Attacks on Fox are directly proportional to Fox's growing popularity. This Friedman rant is a good sign.
14 posted on 10/16/2003 1:24:18 PM PDT by SolutionsOnly
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

He's obviously deeply embarrassed by his own paper's pitiful record of slanted reporting, fabricating stories, and ignoring inconvenient facts to advance a dangerously far left agenda.

I liked some of the reporting he did when he was in Iraq, but now that he's back stateside, his old surroundings of communist sympathizers and America haters has begun to re-infect his thinking.

Cheney doesn't go on Fox to address only his supporters, more people who identify themselves as "liberals" watch Fox than CNN.  He goes on Fox because he doesn't want to reward a lying attack dog like CNN/NBC/CBS/ABC/MSNBC.

Owl_Eagle

" WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH"

15 posted on 10/16/2003 1:24:56 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (Sam Katz for Mayor 2003)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I wondered how they would spin never covering Bush's speeches.

CNN always tries to predigest them for you - offering little sound bites and spending more time commenting on them than you hear the president speaking. The funny thing is, after hearing the whole thing on FOX, usually one can see the CNN tidbit has nothing much to do with the speech...
16 posted on 10/16/2003 1:25:29 PM PDT by I still care
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
........columnist Thomas Friedman attacked the Fox News Channel on Thursday, comparing the top-rated cable news network to the pro-terrorist Al Jazeera broadcasting company.

Maybe Bush hit a nerve the other day talking about how the mainstream media is not telling the truth.

Guess the truth hurts......

17 posted on 10/16/2003 1:25:32 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Ban dumbocRATs forever!)
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To: Old Sarge
Sarge,

You ought to have a care with that! Tia

18 posted on 10/16/2003 1:26:13 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
--why the audacity of the nyslimes.....those delusional moose hugging idiots who wouldn't print the truth to save their souls, who can take them seriously?
19 posted on 10/16/2003 1:26:31 PM PDT by tioga
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To: been_lurking
So, given that the NY Times considers Al Jazeera to be a balanced and honest news source, I guess the NY Times just paid Fox News a compliment. :)

LOL! Bravo!

20 posted on 10/16/2003 1:27:00 PM PDT by jigsaw (Grab life by the taglines: TaglinusFR 26 --> http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1000017/posts)
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To: austingirl
Ahhhhh, I love the smell of a good ole liberal "snit-fit" in the morning...means we are doing something right.

Humph!!! The New York Slimes is the DNC news network. I'm not sure we should link the NYT with Pravda. Pravda never went as low as NYT level of hypocrisy.

21 posted on 10/16/2003 1:27:07 PM PDT by el_texicano
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This guy represents the worst of the Stalinist wing of the demonrat party. Lies, half-truths, fabrications are fine as long as you see things his way; shine the light of truth HIS crapola, and he screams like a stuck pig. He hates this country.

And, there are few in the media who love themselves more than this +sswipe.

22 posted on 10/16/2003 1:27:11 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Dems lie 'cause they have to...)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
He considers the Vice President in the same breath as Bin Laden.

He's either an idiot or a traitor.

My guess: traitor.
23 posted on 10/16/2003 1:28:50 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Isn't Friedman the snitch who blew the whistle on the black guy, or "schwartze," as he called him?
24 posted on 10/16/2003 1:31:53 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: Old Sarge
Oh God, my eyes, my eyes...must I be subjected to the sight of the supreme Heinous herself. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!

Surely this constitutes abuse in the strongest terms...

25 posted on 10/16/2003 1:31:54 PM PDT by el_texicano
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Isn't Friedman the snitch who blew the whistle on the black guy, or "schwartze," as he called him?
26 posted on 10/16/2003 1:31:54 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Isn't Friedman the snitch who blew the whistle on the black guy, or "schwartze," as he called him?
27 posted on 10/16/2003 1:31:54 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: Spruce
You beat me to it!
28 posted on 10/16/2003 1:32:31 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (I see dead (?) people with flashing heads. www.paul-is-dead.com Links page)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Friedman...JINO traitor to his own people.
29 posted on 10/16/2003 1:34:13 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Old Sarge
Did you have to? I was eating popcorn!
30 posted on 10/16/2003 1:34:35 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (I see dead (?) people with flashing heads. www.paul-is-dead.com Links page)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I'm halfway through reading Ann Coulter's "Slander", and am somehow not surprised by this story...
31 posted on 10/16/2003 1:35:54 PM PDT by Made In The USA (Where is the outrage?!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This is just the continuous bitterness of the Democrats desperation. Just like Teddy's little rant today, insulting someone is clearly a sign of desperation.

Question - if the terrorists could vote in next years election, who do you think they would vote for?? I have asked my Liberal collegues this over and over and they have no response.
32 posted on 10/16/2003 1:36:36 PM PDT by scarab9
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Look who's talking.

33 posted on 10/16/2003 1:36:51 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I hate to break this news to the liberal slime who lurk these pages wondering what the right thinks, but to many conservatives, Fox News is just another infotainment channel with the same modus operandi of the others i.e. CNN, where what passes for "news" are those stories that generate ratings and produce money from commercial time regardless of any real importance or relevance. Fox has Greta, Whoraldo, and plenty of other mushy minded individuals to keep "both sides" entertained. FNC a tool of the Right? Hardly.
34 posted on 10/16/2003 1:38:31 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Puppage
Thomas Friedman is AMERICAN PRAVDA

The New York Times, La Times, NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN with MSNBC (mostly), are the DNC's hitlerian propagandists. And they are meeting the anger of the American people right as I type this.

Oh but the TRUTH HURTS!

35 posted on 10/16/2003 1:39:38 PM PDT by Republic
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Gee, Tom...Forget about stories like this, did we...? By the way, say hi to Lelyveld and Purdham for me. They're still there, ain't they...
36 posted on 10/16/2003 1:41:01 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
The only surprising thing about this story is that Friedman casts Al Jazeera in an unfavorable light. Is anyone really surprised about the swipe at Fox from such a lefty spokesman?
37 posted on 10/16/2003 1:41:25 PM PDT by Snuffington
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To: Old Sarge
Argh, my eyes!


38 posted on 10/16/2003 1:41:42 PM PDT by eyespysomething (As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17))
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To: Old Sarge
MY EYES!!!! I CAN'T MAKE THE PICTURE GO AWAY!!!!

That is so uncalled for!!!

39 posted on 10/16/2003 1:42:36 PM PDT by shadowman99
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To: Old Sarge
Damn! Now she's even got hair growing out of her ears!
40 posted on 10/16/2003 1:44:36 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Why do the Flag postage stamps peel off upside down..infiltrators?)
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To: Old Sarge
She has the stare of a Scientologist.
41 posted on 10/16/2003 1:45:18 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Spruce
Is this filtered from ClintonRat talking points or did the DNC just write the article again??? PravdABC had a better time before the internet, talk radio and the wall coming down!

Pray for GW and the Truth

42 posted on 10/16/2003 1:47:54 PM PDT by bray ( Old Glory Stands for Freedom)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I would just like to mention that if Fox News Channel were such an oracle of conservative thinking, then why don't they mention Tawana Brawley everytime they give Al Sharpton free air time? And why does Sean Hannity fawn all over Bill Richardson like he's a "good" liberal when he's a lipservice lefty through and through?
43 posted on 10/16/2003 1:52:58 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: I still care
That is right. The biggest threat to ratings of the big networks and "mainstream" press is information. The major networks and papers have to mold every bit into their own leftist view of the world before letting it into the public. True, unfiltered information scares them.
44 posted on 10/16/2003 1:56:08 PM PDT by jwalburg (You're not moderate just because you know leftier leftists than yourself)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
N.Y. Times Columnist: Fox News Is Bush's Al Jazeera

I won't believe it until I hear what Greg Packer has to say on the subject.

-PJ

45 posted on 10/16/2003 1:57:30 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: Old Sarge
Ack! My eyes!
46 posted on 10/16/2003 2:00:26 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Don't forget that TF was a stalwart backer of taking out Saddam.
47 posted on 10/16/2003 2:06:44 PM PDT by Am I Blue?
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Oh now that's just silly.

These idiot leftwing loonies are getting hysterical.

I just can't wait to see the hissy fits in a couple of months when the real run for the presidency starts.
48 posted on 10/16/2003 2:09:09 PM PDT by OpusatFR (A democrat always overplays its hand)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Working for the Times must really suck.

49 posted on 10/16/2003 2:12:21 PM PDT by bert (Don't Panic!)
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To: Old Sarge
Jeez, Sarge.....there goes dinner!!!!!!!!!
50 posted on 10/16/2003 2:13:42 PM PDT by JimVT
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