Monday, March 12, 2007

Fox News contributor affiliated with Saddam's purge of Kurds and Shiites.

Reuters is reporting that prosecutors in Iraq intend to bring charges against the Mojahedin-e Khalq organization. Prosecutors charge that this group conspired with Saddam Hussein to suppress the Shiite and Kurds following the 1991 Gulf War.

Searching Fox News for the name Alireza Jafarzadeh brings up a series of articles contributed by Jafarzadeh to Fox News. This man was registered as a foreign agent of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. This group is the political wing of the Mojahedin-e Khalq organization... My oh my, but politics does make strange bedfellows, no?

Fox News ought to repudiate all connections with this character. The thought that Fox News, (recognized as the chief news outlet sympathetic to the Bush administration, and who cheered us into the war in Iraq) would pay a man recognized as a principal spokesperson for a group that assisted Saddam Hussein in his genocidal repression of Iraqi's is otherworldly.

How Fox proceeds at this stage will be very telling of their moral compass. I rather suspect they do not have one, and will continue to employ Jafarzadeh because he parrots the positions of the Bush administration.

I suppose there is one way of looking at this. First, Fox cheerleads the nation into war in Iraq. Then Fox has a man on the payroll who speaks for a group that helped Saddam repress his people. Now thats fair and balanced.

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