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NBC Just Did a Hit Piece on Halliburton (media bias alert)
NBC Nightly News | 10/30/06 | Philip Freneau

Posted on 10/30/2006 3:50:01 PM PST by PhilipFreneau

NBC Nightly News just did a hit piece on Halliburton, alleging accounting discrepancies. There is absolutely no proof -- only allegations.

But this is one week from the election, and NBC is in lockstep with the DNC to do everything possible to help the Democrat party takes over. A hit piece on Dick Cheney's old company was in order.

Note that NBC has yet to point out that Halliburton was the Clinton Administration's company-of-choice for war reconstruction efforts. When Halliburton was underbid on a contract, Clinton stepped-in and awarded a contract to Halliburton anyway. And Al Gore gave Halliburton an award for its outstanding service in war reconstruction efforts. Of course, that was before Dick Cheney became the Vice President.


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KEYWORDS: halliburton; mediabias; nbc

1 posted on 10/30/2006 3:50:03 PM PST by PhilipFreneau
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To: Allegra

Ping for usual insidious NBC tripe.


2 posted on 10/30/2006 3:51:02 PM PST by JennysCool
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To: PhilipFreneau

3 posted on 10/30/2006 3:51:31 PM PST by The Blitherer (You were given the choice between war & dishonor. You chose dishonor & you will have war. -Churchill)
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To: PhilipFreneau

"But this is one week from the election, and NBC is in lockstep with the DNC..."

They aren't the only ones. CNN, ABC, CBS, AP and MSNBC are all in overt DNC spin mode. They aren't even trying to hide it anymore.


4 posted on 10/30/2006 3:53:39 PM PST by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)
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To: PhilipFreneau

This week is really, really going to be ugly.


5 posted on 10/30/2006 3:55:18 PM PST by Hildy (Some are born to sweet delight; some are born to endless night.)
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To: PhilipFreneau
NBC Nightly News just did a hit piece on Halliburton
And you watch NBC Nightly News - why?
6 posted on 10/30/2006 3:58:01 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: PhilipFreneau

Did anyone see ABC Nightly News Sunday night? It was almost like it was a GOP broadcast. Unbelievable how they came out and said that most Hollywood elites and entertainers back the democrats. Then they ran a touching piece on an Army widow of an Iraq casualty who ran a marathon and stood by our military in Iraq. Then they ran a piece on the Michael Fox ad and did not show bias to either side. I really don't expect this to continue but it was nice to see, if for only one night.


7 posted on 10/30/2006 3:59:10 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: PhilipFreneau

Payback for Lynn Cheney standing up to Wolff Blitzer on CNN.

She demolished him BTW. Great clip of that putdown on youtube.


8 posted on 10/30/2006 3:59:26 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who are going senile.)
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To: PhilipFreneau

Many years ago I was an overseas telephone operator and I can tell you that about half the U.S.-Vietnam phone traffic involved Brown Root business. (Brown Root became part of KBR, the subsidiary that Halliburton is soon to spin off.) So they had plenty of defense contracts back in the 1960's too, when LBJ was president. Maybe it's just that they do the work better than other companies.


9 posted on 10/30/2006 4:00:39 PM PST by joylyn
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To: PhilipFreneau

I wish these ass-breaths would realize that Cheney has no more to do with Halliburton than retired Jack Welsh does with GE.


10 posted on 10/30/2006 4:01:44 PM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: PhilipFreneau
NBC Nightly News just did a hit piece on Halliburton, alleging accounting discrepancies. There is absolutely no proof -- only allegations.

didn't see it....................

What were the allegations?
11 posted on 10/30/2006 4:03:48 PM PST by WhiteGuy (DeWine ranked as one of the ten worst border security politicians - Human Events)
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To: PhilipFreneau

For the record, Byron York discussed the Clinton-Halliburton connection in a 2003 NRO article:

"In 1997, when LOGCAP was again put up for bid, Halliburton/Brown & Root lost the competition to another contractor, Dyncorp. But the Clinton Defense Department, rather than switch from Halliburton to Dyncorp, elected to award a separate, sole-source contract to Halliburton/Brown & Root to continue its work in the Balkans. According to a later GAO study, the Army made the choice because 1) Brown & Root had already acquired extensive knowledge of how to work in the area; 2) the company "had demonstrated the ability to support the operation"; and 3) changing contractors would have been costly. The Army's sole-source Bosnia contract with Brown & Root lasted until 1999. At that time, the Clinton Defense Department conducted full-scale competitive bidding for a new contract. The winner was . . . Halliburton/Brown & Root. The company continued its work in Bosnia uninterrupted." -- Byron York
http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.p?ref=/york/york070903.asp


I misstated my "Al Gore" comments in my initial post. Gore did not give Halliburton an award, only praise. Byron explains Gore's praise(s) in the same article:

"[Halliburton's] work received favorable notices throughout the Clinton administration. For example, Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review mentioned Halliburton's performance in its Report on Reinventing the Department of Defense, issued in September 1996. In a section titled "Outsourcing of Logistics Allows Combat Troops to Stick to Basics," Gore's reinventing-government team favorably mentioned LOGCAP, the cost-plus-award system, and Brown & Root, which the report said provided "basic life support services — food, water, sanitation, shelter, and laundry; and the full realm of logistics services — transportation, electrical, hazardous materials collection and disposal, fuel delivery, airfield and seaport operations, and road maintenance.""


12 posted on 10/30/2006 4:04:27 PM PST by PhilipFreneau ( Don't be a sucker for the MSM smear campaign. Vote GOP!)
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To: PhilipFreneau

Michael Moore made more off of Iraq than Halliburton.


13 posted on 10/30/2006 4:05:31 PM PST by rvoitier (Democrat Party, not Democratic Party.)
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To: PhilipFreneau
I feel sorry for that horse, Halliburton. He died years ago, but they keep on beating him.
14 posted on 10/30/2006 4:06:26 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: PhilipFreneau

Every corporation has accounting discrepancies. It is not the business of the press to point this out. Corporations are the responsibility of the several States, and whatever international trade agreements may apply, which is FedGov's responsibility--all three branches.


15 posted on 10/30/2006 4:10:11 PM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: oh8eleven

>>>And you watch NBC Nightly News - why?<<<

"Keep your friends close; your enemies closer." - J.R.


16 posted on 10/30/2006 4:10:12 PM PST by PhilipFreneau ( Don't be a sucker for the MSM smear campaign. Vote GOP!)
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To: WhiteGuy

The following is from the hit piece by Lisa Myers:

". . . Another report finding that less than half the budget for some reconstruction projects actually went to rebuild the country.

Where did most of it go? Some for security, but even more to house, feed and pay contractors while they did nothing for months. Some were in Iraq as long as nine months before significant work on projects began.

"This was a waste of money because the contractors were ordered to go to Iraq to work, but they weren't working," says Stewart Bowen, Iraq Reconstruction Special Inspector General.

Who's to blame? Investigators mostly blame the government's poor planning. But they also single out a Halliburton subsidiary — KBR.

In this 2004 letter obtained by NBC News, a U.S. official criticizes KBR for "accruing exhorbitant indirect costs at a rapid rate" and for failing to provide adequate cost information.

Government watchdogs now say Halliburton actually tried to hide data from auditors. "I believe that KBR was attempting to impede the scope of our oversight," Bowen says.

Halliburton denies doing anything improper and says it has restricted access to such data for years. But a U.S. official was sufficiently angry, that at one point, he threatened to cancel Halliburton's contract if it didn't provide information to justify costs."



17 posted on 10/30/2006 4:15:41 PM PST by PhilipFreneau ( Don't be a sucker for the MSM smear campaign. Vote GOP!)
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To: PhilipFreneau
". . . Another report finding that less than half the budget for some reconstruction projects actually went to rebuild the country.

Is this true?

Where did most of it go? Some for security, but even more to house, feed and pay contractors while they did nothing for months. Some were in Iraq as long as nine months before significant work on projects began.

Is this true?

"This was a waste of money because the contractors were ordered to go to Iraq to work, but they weren't working," says Stewart Bowen, Iraq Reconstruction Special Inspector General.

Is this true?

Who's to blame? Investigators mostly blame the government's poor planning. But they also single out a Halliburton subsidiary — KBR.

Same question......
18 posted on 10/30/2006 4:20:03 PM PST by WhiteGuy (DeWine ranked as one of the ten worst border security politicians - Human Events)
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To: PhilipFreneau

I wonder if that was ordered by the folks at GE...


19 posted on 10/30/2006 4:23:11 PM PST by ARA
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To: WhiteGuy

>>>Is this true?<<<

These were unsubstantiated allegations in an NBC report. Since NBC is part of the DNC Propaganda Machine, there is really no need to explain further. But I will anyway.

Note that Lisa quoted only one named source - Bowen - and she took his statement out of context by using unnamed "Investigators" in the next statement (which actually exonerates Halliburton), and a unnamed "U.S. Official" in the next, which alledges accounting irregularities. There is absolutely no proof cited in any allegation. In summary, this is little more than a Henry Waxman-style smear campaign by Lisa Meyers and NBC News a week before the general election.


20 posted on 10/30/2006 4:30:50 PM PST by PhilipFreneau ( Don't be a sucker for the MSM smear campaign. Vote GOP!)
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To: PhilipFreneau
I think Halliburton/KBR are being asked about their prevailing wages among other things that keep them competitive in Iraq which of course are not for publication.

" Challenged on the practice by SIGIR and the Defense Contract Management Agency, KBR officials argued the company's labeling of the data was proper. "KBR has encountered situations in the past where extremely competition-sensitive data has found its way to the press and/or to the Internet. As a result, this data is being properly protected," company officials said in response to a DCMA request that inappropriate labels be removed.

In an e-mail response to questions on Monday, company spokeswoman Cathy Mann wrote, "The company has received acknowledgement and concurrence that the use of [FAR] proprietary data markings is not only encouraged, but required as part of the U.S. Economic Espionage Act as well as the U.S. Trade Secrets Act... KBR has included proprietary markings on the majority of its data and property in support of its government contracts for the U.S. Army for at least the last decade."

Timing is everything isn't it?

21 posted on 10/30/2006 4:41:57 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: PhilipFreneau

Myers opened with 13,000 missing Glocks in Iraq.
No documentation-just that NBC says they're missing and in the hands of terrorists because the military did not properly record the serial numbers. Again- no documentation , just the word of NBC.
When Myers segued into her Halliburton hit piece, the clear implication was that Halliburton was also responsible fo the missing Glocks.


22 posted on 10/30/2006 4:51:00 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: PhilipFreneau

>>>Is this true?<<<


Note that Lisa quoted only one named source - Bowen



So, the answer is no, because it is NOT TRUE,

or the answer is NO because the named source did not provide proof?


just wondering


23 posted on 10/30/2006 4:54:12 PM PST by WhiteGuy (DeWine ranked as one of the ten worst border security politicians - Human Events)
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To: WhiteGuy

>>>So, the answer is no, because it is NOT TRUE, or the answer is NO because the named source did not provide proof?<<<

Whether it is "true" or not is currently anybody's guess. The report was based on allegations, not proof, so it was a Smear! It was timed to have the maximum political effect against the GOP.


24 posted on 10/30/2006 5:07:06 PM PST by PhilipFreneau ( Don't be a sucker for the MSM smear campaign. Vote GOP!)
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To: PhilipFreneau
Whether it is "true" or not is currently anybody's guess.

So the allegations could be true?


Why, if false, wouldn't these allegations be immediately trumped by the truth, and served with a giant side dish of indignation?


Personally, as a cynic, I expect smears, so i don't care if that is the case.

But, I am quite interested, as an American, if there is war profiteering going on..........................

Thanks for your info.
25 posted on 10/30/2006 5:14:35 PM PST by WhiteGuy (DeWine ranked as one of the ten worst border security politicians - Human Events)
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To: PhilipFreneau

bet not one mention of when clinton ok'd all the no-bid contracts for halliburton!!!!


26 posted on 10/30/2006 5:17:06 PM PST by hnj_00
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To: WhiteGuy

>>>So the allegations could be true?<<<

And they could be false (most likely in this case considering the Smear was by NBC). But I see by the direction of your last few posts that you are bying into the Smear. How does that statement by Rush go? "It is not whether Halliburton did anything wrong. It is the serious of the charge."

>>>But, I am quite interested, as an American, if there is war profiteering going on.<<<

Then do your research. But please leave the speculation and unsubstantiated allegations (e.g., SMEAR) to the low-lifes on the left, unless you are one of them.


27 posted on 10/30/2006 6:04:23 PM PST by PhilipFreneau ( Don't be a sucker for the MSM smear campaign. Vote GOP!)
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To: PhilipFreneau

Then do your research. But please leave the speculation and unsubstantiated allegations (e.g., SMEAR) to the low-lifes on the left, unless you are one of them.

It's your thread.....................


Are you interested in the truth, or in making your point?

I was hoping that these smears could be proved FALSE here on your thread............I'll ping you if my research turns up anything..........


28 posted on 10/30/2006 6:10:23 PM PST by WhiteGuy (DeWine ranked as one of the ten worst border security politicians - Human Events)
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To: PhilipFreneau
It's awfully convenient that California Senator Dianne Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum, are majority stockholders in a company called URS Corporation which provides the same services as Halliburton.

http://www.urscorp.com/

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/05/11/BU18813.DTL

URS is the largest global engineering design firm and a leading U.S. federal government contractor providing a comprehensive range of professional planning, design, systems engineering and technical assistance, program and construction management, and operations and maintenance services. We have 29,400 employees in two divisions: the URS Division and the EG&G Division, which includes the operations of Lear Siegler Services. Together, we serve the U.S. federal government, state and local government agencies and private-industry clients, including Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

29 posted on 10/30/2006 6:19:21 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: WhiteGuy

>>>I was hoping that these smears could be proved FALSE here on your thread...<<<

How do you prove a smear false?

>>>I'll ping you if my research turns up anything.<<<

How will you prove your research accurate?


30 posted on 10/30/2006 6:52:11 PM PST by PhilipFreneau ( Don't be a sucker for the MSM smear campaign. Vote GOP!)
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To: Berosus; ValerieUSA; Fedora; TexKat; Seadog Bytes; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Note that NBC has yet to point out that Halliburton was the Clinton Administration's company-of-choice for war reconstruction efforts. When Halliburton was underbid on a contract, Clinton stepped-in and awarded a contract to Halliburton anyway. And Al Gore gave Halliburton an award for its outstanding service in war reconstruction efforts. Of course, that was before Dick Cheney became the Vice President.

31 posted on 10/30/2006 7:01:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Dhimmicrati delenda est! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PhilipFreneau
This anti=Haliburton screed to so childish. It is nothing but anit-capitalism at its most ridiculous. That is why the left hates Haliburton... It is a corporation and it works doing military and oil field work. Who do they expect us to use to supply food, maintance,porti potties, tents, build the temporary bases. laundry services etc. for our army. Do they think we should have our military people peeling potatoes again. How much do you think that would cost?
32 posted on 10/30/2006 10:20:28 PM PST by therut
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To: PhilipFreneau

How do you prove a smear false?


The allegations are that halliburton is guilty of being paid for service they did not perform, right?

If untrue, it would be quite easy to refute, don't you think?


How will you prove your research accurate?

well, research is either accurate or it is not, there is very little to prove.


33 posted on 10/31/2006 2:24:02 AM PST by WhiteGuy (DeWine ranked as one of the ten worst border security politicians - Human Events)
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