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Update: This page was posted on February 11, 2007.
On February 12th, Alan Colmes apologized on air.
News Be Fair and
A Haditha Marine Father Has a Question for Alan Colmes
February 11, 2007
Speaking to Oliver North, Colmes supported Congressman John Murtha's ugly accusation that Marines in Haditha had "killed innocent civilians in cold blood". (Question to liberals in the media: Are only cop killers and child rapists entitled to a presumption of innocence?)
Defending the indefensible, Colmes said there have been "confessions and convictions" in the Haditha Marine case.
Now Darryl Sharratt, the father of a Haditha Marine has a question:
"I would like to ask Alan Colmes where he got his information. There have been no convictions. There have been no confessions."
So what now, Fox News?
If Mr. Colmes' false assertion continues to be left uncorrected, Fox News will contribute to a tainted jury pool, cause additional pain to the families, and mislead supporters and potential donors to the Haditha Marine defense funds. Through his statement, Mr. Colmes has reached millions of people with the message that guilt has already been established.
Fox News and Alan Colmes must make amends...
1. Fox News owes its viewers the opportunity to hear from Darryl Sharratt or other Haditha Marine family members to set the record straight. None of the Haditha Marines have yet faced a hearing. Anything that is known about the case or the investigation has been leaked by anonymous sources. The media has enabled this and it must stop now.
2. Alan Colmes owes the Marines and their families an apology. I suggest he make in the form of a contribution to any of the Haditha Marine Defense Funds. (For Mr. Colmes' convenience, all the information he needs about fund donations is here.)
These are fair requests to make of a news channel long supported by patriots. Now it's up to Alan Colmes and Fox News.
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