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Marine: "I'm not a sharpshooter!"

July 18, 2004 12:29 PM

Frank Rich in today's NYT: "Fox isn't exactly pursuing a stealth strategy: anyone who can't figure out that it's in the tank with the Republican party must be brain dead. It's more insidious when some of its more fair-and-balanced competitors blow-dry the news not to serve an ideology but to tell the public what they think the public wants to hear."

The Newshounds dissect yesterday's Fox News Watch segment on Outfoxed. Anyone have a transcript?

Robert has a great profile in the LA Weekly: "He’s as creatively talented as Michael Moore and even more of a political activist, but to this point practically unknown by comparison."

And Richard Leiby in the Washington Post takes Fox VP John Moody to task for offending Marine snipers in an internal memo revealed in Outfoxed:

"Let's refer to the US marines we see in the foreground as 'sharpshooters,' not snipers, which carries a negative connotation," the network's senior vice president for news, John Moody, told staffers via e-mail. One problem: Marines want to be called snipers. "Sharpshooter" has less luster.

"There is no better sniper than a U.S. Marine Corps sniper," Maj. Jason Johnston, a USMC spokesman at the Pentagon, told us Friday. "A sniper would say, 'I'm not a sharpshooter, I'm a Marine Corps sniper, not to be confused with any other service's snipers.' . . . Hey, Marines are very proud of their titles."

In sniper school, he explained, "we have three levels of marksmanship. The lowest level is marksman. The second one is sharpshooter. The highest you can get is expert."

Though Fox prides itself on accurate, pro-military coverage, Johnston described the blunder this way: "It's just as bad as when the media calls us soldiers." (A soldier serves in something known as the Army.)

A network spokesman said he had no comment on the memos but referred us to Moody's remarks in The Post last week defending Fox and saying: "People are free to call me or message me and say, 'I think you're off base.' Sometimes I take the advice, sometimes I don't."

Our advice: If a Marine calls, listen.

More from the archive in Media, Outfoxed.

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Paul Stone:

Like the Bush misadministration, Fox News' support of the troops is just propaganda, with no substance and no real understanding of the issues facing today's servicemen and women.

Tue Jul 20 2004 12:24 PM

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