In an exclusive report Monday, Fox News Channel reported that a planned attack on the capital compound of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi had to be curtailed because of journalists nearby. According to Fox, British sources confirmed that British missiles were ready to fire, but news crews from CNN, Reuters and other organizations were too close to the target.
The group of correspondents and cameramen had been brought to the area by officials of Qaddafi’s Ministry of Information to showcase damage from an earlier attack. This act, Fox reported, amounted to Qaddafi’s forces using journalists as “human shields” to protect themselves from another potential attack.
That claim is “outrageous and absolutely hypocritical,” CNN’s Nic Robertson responded Monday evening. Robertson claimed Fox News refused to send a reporter on the trip, calling it a propaganda exercise. Instead, Robertson said Fox sent a non-editorial, non-technical staffer on the trip to Qaddafi’s compound.
“When you come to somewhere like Libya, you would expect lies and deceit from the dictatorship here,” Robertson said. “You don’t expect it from the other journalists.“ If someone wanted to keep us their as ”human shields,” Robertson added, they would have kept reporters at the compound longer.
An angry Robertson went on to accuse Fox News of failing to fully investigate matters on the ground, claiming they “didn’t even leave the hotel.”
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