Friday, May 05, 2006


MMfA: NBC, CBS, Fox cropped Rumsfeld questioner's challenges, Rumsfeld's stammering lying replies

On May 4, retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern confronted Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (as he spoke to the the Southern Center for International Studies Thursday in Atlanta, below left) over Rumsfeld's previous claims about Iraq's purported weapons of mass destruction and ties to Al Qaeda. DemLog blogged an AP story on the event that day here. Responding to McGovern, Rumsfeld denied having made a statement that he did, in fact, make and gave other misleading answers, which McGovern pointed out during the exchange. But in their coverage of Rumsfeld's speech, NBC, CBS, and Fox News deceptively edited the exchange, excluding McGovern's rebuttals of Rumsfeld's claims without noting that they had done so.

During the exchange -- which was part of the question-and-answer session of a speech given by Rumsfeld in Atlanta -- Rumsfeld stated: "It appears that there were not weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq. McGovern responded: "You said you knew where they were" -- a charge that Rumsfeld falsely denied.

Full Media Matters for America story.

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