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Were US journalists used as human shields in Libya? or is FOX news just spreading lies as usual?

CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson blasted Fox News on Monday for its report that Libyan authorities used him and other journalists as "human shields" in order to prevent an attack on Muammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli the night before. Robertson said Fox News' "allegation is outrageous and it's absolutely hypocritical."

"You know, when you come to somewhere like Libya, you expect lies and deceit from the dictatorship here," Robertson said. "You don't expect it from the other journalists." You can watch Robertson's reply on CNN's "The Situation Room" below:

For weeks, the Gadhafi government has brought foreign journalists invited to Tripoli to government-approved sites (while detaining and even beating foreign journalists who report from non-sanctioned areas in Libya).

"When we go on these government trips, it's for a very simple reason—because we don't want government officials to film it themselves, edit it themselves and then hand it off to us," Robertson said. "We want to go for ourselves. We want to go and see, is it a command and control system?"

Robertson said Fox News was being "hypocritical" because the network sent a non-editorial staffer with a camera on the trip, along with about 40 other journalists.

Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin called in to "On the Record" Monday night to defend her report, which was based off information she received from British sources. "They felt that the civilians and journalists had effectively been used as human shields and that was frustrating to them," Griffin said, according to TVNewser. "It was a very close call. In fact one official told me that there was a Reuters crew literally on a spot where they were going to drop a missile."

While Griffin is sticking by her reporting, she acknowledged that Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan sent a security guard with a camera on the government-organized trip. "I did not know about that earlier today," she said. "I became aware of that this evening. That was my mistake and I apologize for that."

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:03 PM on Mar. 22, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:04 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Fox News could report the sky being blue and I would still doubt them.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:04 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Just because. You libs don't like reality doesn't mean fox lies. Abc radio had the same report
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 12:14 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • No journalist is better than their sources. It may well be that the Brits thought precisely that... but were mistaken.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:15 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • My question, wasn't it that around an hour before going "off" on Fox, didn't Robertson appear on Wolf Blitzer with a calmer version of a similar story as FOX? Robertson's 'account' of the situation has changed more than once... FOX's account has remained the same....

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:16 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • No journalist is better than their sources. It may well be that the Brits thought precisely that... but were mistaken.


     


    Excellent point.... "British forces later told Fox that they had cut their mission short when they learned of media presence there" (FOX NEWS)  OP, are you saying British Forces lied? or FOX lied about what British sources told them?

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:18 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • or is FOX news just spreading lies as usual?

    And at that point, people should take the question seriously why, exactly?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:20 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • And at that point, people should take the question seriously why, exactly?


    Yea, "as usual"... Hrmmmmmm, SAK's JUDGEMENT has been made, hasn't it? Doesn't look like she is wanting a Discussion... More of a Drama Post.... Another excellent point... Drama SAK the drama mama strikes again...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:23 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Is Duster going to ask you if you haven't had enough drama today?
    Or is hypocrisy at an all time high today?
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 12:25 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Is Duster going to ask you if you haven't had enough drama today? Or is hypocrisy at an all time high today?


     


    IMO, SAK's desperation is showing...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:28 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

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