Sunday, April 29, 2007

More MMFA dishonesty

Examples of MMFA's dishonesty:

The above post talks about Bill O'Reilly claiming that he used "facts and facts alone" in support of the Iraq War. Below are 2 examples of MMFA being dishonest when trying to attack O'Reilly's support of the war.

MMFA Distortion #1: "Prior to the invasion, O'Reilly frequently repeated the Bush administration's claim that Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi was evidence of a connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda. "

Really?? Funny how I don't see a single quote/transcript/video of Bill O'Reilly citing Zarqawi-Al Qaeda-Iraq connection. All the links provided are from 2004 and 2005 AFTER the invasion. Yes, O'Reilly cited these claims after the invasion and after the credibility of them had been undermined (according to MMFA). But MMFA does not provide any transcripts showing O'Reilly using these claims pre-invasion.

MMFA Distortion #2: to O'Reilly, "they've lost billions of dollars in France according to 'The Paris Business Review.' " As Media Matters noted, a Media Matters search found no evidence of a publication called the Paris Business Review at the time.

The publication is not called "Paris Business Review" It was called the Movement of French Enterprises. CNN article which cites the exact point O'Reilly was making "Meanwhile, the Movement of French Enterprises (Medef) said some French businesses are suffering because of France's position on Iraq. " O'Reilly got the name wrong, but his point was not incorrect.