Last night we told you about Fox reporting that journalists in Libya were being used as “human shields,” which lead to an airstrike being called off at the last minute. Later in the evening, on CNN’s The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer asked CNN correspondent Nic Robertson- who was one of the journalists Fox was referencing – about Fox’s claim. He unequivocally denied it, and even added that Fox News chose not to send anyone from their editorial team to the bombing site.
This has now devolved into a “he said” “she said” moment, because no one knows exactly what happened there aside from those present, but there doesn’t seem to be much motivation for Robertson to lie.
You’d think that maybe, in times of war – with human lives at stake – Fox News would tone down the rhetoric. But hey, the article that first started the rumor is probably getting a lot of page views, so to quote George Bush – a Fox News favorite – “Mission accomplished.”
Check out Robertson’s full statement after the jump.