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Peter Jennings Blamed President Bush for Failing to Protect the U.S. Terrorist Attacks-Fiction!
of the eRumor On September 11, the day of
the "Attack on America" by terrorists, Peter Jennings
allegedly said that President Bush should "quit hiding behind the
Secret Service, come out and face the nation and explain the
'President's failure' to protect the country."
This eRumor was broadcast from several
sources, but the most commonly-circulated version on the Internet was
from a retired U.S. Army General who called for a boycott of ABC.
The story was given propulsion when Rush Limbaugh talked about it as
well on his nationally syndicated radio program.
ABC says the harsh criticism of the president that is attributed to
Jennings did not happen, although Jennings did have questions on the
day of the attacks about where Bush was and what he was doing.
Rush Limbaugh researched it and could not find that Jennings said it
either and realized that the quote had come from an email from a
friend of his.
Rush says that what did take place was a comment by Peter Jennings
that followed one of President Bush's statements to the nation about
the terrorist attacks. He is quoted as saying, "Well, some
presidents are just better at it than others."
Howard Kurtz dealt with this in an article in the Washington Post.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 12:24 PM Subject: Boycott of ABC
I was appalled by the comments of Peter Jennings this
morining referring to President Bush. His comment that President Bush
shoud "quit hiding behind the Secret Service, come out and face the
Nation and explain 'The President's Failure' to protect the country from
these terrorists attacks."
As far as I am concerned, this is at best "the
lowest form of attack and unworthy of any news organization" and at
worst could be considered an act of "Treason." I want you to
know that I am asking all of my firends and acquaintances to join me in a
boycott of ABC-all programs as all times-and will not watch your network
again as long as Peter Jennings is an ABC employee. While people are
removed from the air for using "politically incorrect" words the
words of Peter Jennings are orders of magnitude more egregious and
offensive than any of these other "offenses." I request, no I
demand that you fire Peter Jennings forwith for his lack of journalistic
integrity and his attack on the President during this National Crisis.
Sincerely, Billy M. Thomas LTG (Ret), US Army 2387
Spanish Oak Terrace Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (719) 330-4818 ThomBilly@aol.com
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