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October 26, 2004
Tim Scheiderer (703) 683-5004, ext. 126

Trick Or … Trick?

October Surprise by New York Times and CBS News Blows Up in Their Faces

NBC News Reveals Ammo Dump Was Empty When U.S. Troops
– and an NBC News Crew – Arrived

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     ALEXANDRIA, Va. --- In the latest example of how the media have become a major issue in the election campaign, the New York Times and CBS News saw what amounted to an October Surprise blow up in their faces. NBC News revealed that a cache of high explosives supposedly left unguarded by U.S. troops in Iraq was not present when U.S. troops—and the NBC News crew traveling with them—arrived at the camp on April 10, 2003. The Times’ and CBS’s “big scoop” was a big bust.

“Both the New York Times and CBS have repeatedly shown they have chosen sides against President Bush in this election and, once again, they have been caught with Halloween eggs on their faces,” said Media Research Center President Brent Bozell.

Bozell also noted an item in today’s Drudge Report that reports CBS News’ 60 Minutes was hoping to hold the story until this coming Sunday, Halloween, one day before election eve.

“Once again it’s the Times, once again it’s CBS, once again it’s 60 Minutes, and once again they have proven that they cannot be believed when it comes to election coverage or anything else. The Times, CBS News, and 60 Minutes especially, have proven beyond all doubt they are nothing more than extensions of the Democratic National Committee and they have no credibility whatsoever. In fact, episodes such as this and the Rathergate fiasco prove they may be even more partisan than the Democratic Party itself,” Bozell said.


To schedule an interview with Mr. Bozell or another MRC spokesperson, contact
Tim Scheiderer at (703)-683-5004, ext. 126.





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