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KDFW-FOX4 forces YouTube to pull Video Evidence of ‘Ambush Journalism’

Friday, October 19th, 2007

KDFW-FOX4 has forced YouTube to pull the video of Rebecca Aguilar accosting Mr. James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in West Dallas with what can only be construed as ‘Ambush Reporting’ as he was attempting to get in his car and leave Academy Sports and Outdoors where he had, according to his own statement, just made the purchase of a new shotgun, This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by KDFW FOX 4 TV

Apparently Ms. Aguilar was stalking the old gentleman in an attempt to ‘interview’ him for her station, KDFW-FOX 4, the FOX Network affiliate here in the D/FW area…

Since the video has been pulled there is no way to actually show you what transpired so now it’s up to independent bloggers to relay the story they saw unfold on camera…

Ms. Aguilar approached Mr. Walton and questioned him as to what he had in his bag, what had he just purchased in the Sporting Goods store, and Mr. Walton told her he had just bought a new shotgun…

Personally, right about then I would have told her it was none of her damned business and drove off but Mr. Walton is a lot nicer than I am…

Ms. Aguilar continued to question Mr. Walton about the shooting of 3 burglars in Mr. Walton’s place of business, West Dallas business owner kills 2 suspected burglars in 3 weeks and her line of questioning was so mean and intense that she had the old boy in tears, and for those efforts, FOX4 has suspended Ms. Aguilar indefinitely, and as far as I am concerned, that’s a good move on their part, it would be even better, in MY opinion, if FOX4 made it permanent and fired Ms. Aguilar, her actions were NOT that of a reporter, they were that of a NEWS HACK, a semi-professional journalist looking for a story at ANY cost, she was as unprofessional as anyone could be, she was rude, she attacked, she didn’t asked questions, she made accusations, and now FOX4 has pulled the video…

What has FOX4 got to hide in this act of ‘Ambush Journalism’??

If FOX4 is totally innocent, why hide the facts?? The video wasn’t just pulled from YouTube either, it is now dead on FOX4’s site as well, is FOX4 trying to hide something??

There was a call across the ‘net today for FOX4 to fire Aguilar, a huge call, and a call went up to fire the producer and manager as well, that story didn’t hit the air raw and unedited, someone had to approve it, and that was not all Aguilar’s doings…This story has been an embarrassment for FOX4 and FOX Network, it is a slap in their face, and it’s about time too, FOX News produces some of the most unprofessional pieces of ’sensationalism’ in the news business, when FOX gets it right they get it very right, but there’s not a day goes by that even the great Fox News Network doesn’t have some of this over the top, totally unprofessional reporting on the BIG network, most interviews with more than one person, opposing view interviews, turn into Jerry Springer style shouting and screaming matches, opposition guests talking over each other to the point that it all becomes an unintelligible babble, moderation goes out the window and sensationalism takes over, that’s not journalism, it’s HACK REPORTING

It’s time for things like this come to light and it’s time for Conservatives to demand some journalistic responsibility and integrity from the MSM as a whole and FOX News in particular, it’s way past time…

And to FOX4 I say this, if you have done nothing wrong, let the video stand and take the termination of Ms. Aguilar under serious advisement, show your viewers that you can do the right thing, otherwise, you look like YOU have something to hide, do you??

EDIT TO ADD 10-18-07 @ 3:10PM: KDFW-FOX4 ‘Ambush Journalism Video’ Here!

A special thanks to JT for sending this to me!!

They can RUN, but they can’t hide…

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KDFW-FOX4 Suspends Reporter Rebecca Aguilar After Controversial “Ambush” Reporting

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Monday night, KDFW-Channel 4 ran a piece about 70-year-old James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in West Dallas, who, early Sunday morning, shot and killed and man trying to break into his business. What made Walton’s story so extraordinary was that it was the second time he’d killed an intruder in three weeks. As it happens, Walton also lives at his place of business.

But today you will not find the Fox4 story on the station’s Web site; there’s a page for it, but no accompanying video. (Update: It’s available here.) That’s because Rebecca Aguilar’s piece elicited a torrent of outrage, both on local blogs (chiefly FrontBurner but also elsewhere) and from viewers who began deluging the station with angry calls Monday night and much of the day yesterday. As Trey Garrison pointed out on D’s blog:

This is her idea of journalism? Ambushing a 70-year-old man who has been through life-and-death twice in three weeks? “Are you a trigger happy kind of person? Is that what what you wanted to do? Shoot to kill?” Good Lord, I hate the people in this field.

Well, Trey need not worry about Aguilar, at least for a while: Unfair Park has confirmed that Aguilar — who was just named one of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Broadcast Journalists of the Year — has been indefinitely suspended, based on concerns about how Aguilar treated Walton. She could not be reached for comment, but Unfair Park did leave Aguilar a message on her cell phone. (When we tried her number in the newsroom, another woman answered and said, “Rebecca isn’t available today.”) We also left a message for Maria Barrs, the station’s news director. –Robert Wilonsky

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KDFW Suspends Rebecca Aguilar After Controversial “Ambush”

This is the same story I had up a couple of days ago, West Dallas business owner kills 2 suspected burglars in 3 weeks about the Dallas business owner that has taken a personal interest in NOT letting the BAD GUYS rob him blind, and to that gentleman, Mr. Walton, I say GOOD for you and I am proud to have you as a resident of this area…

Well, apparently one Ms. Rebecca Aguilar, of KDFW-FOX4 here in the Dallas wasn’t so happy with Mr. Walton, the only thing I can say thats printable concerning Aguilar at this moment is, I am glad she is suspended…

I want to extend many thanks to Dan Riehl of Riehl World View: Senior Reduced To Tears By Reporter After Shooting for using my story as a part of his, thank you Dan, You Da Man!

And Dan has the video OF this story too, please pop in and take a look at what ‘hack reporting’ from KDFW-FOX4 really looks like…

Shame on Rebecca Aguilar for this trash journalism and even MORE shame on KDFW-FOX4 producers and management for letting it air in the 1st place…

EDIT for Clarification: Castle Law Doctrine - Texas Governor Rick Perry - Press Release - March 27, 2007

EDIT TO INCLUDE: Video Link from YouTube courtesy of Big White Hat

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Group Accuses US of al-Qaida Video Leak

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - The director of a group that monitors Islamic militant Web sites said the government leaked an Osama bin Laden video that was passed along to senior U.S. officials on condition that they keep it secret. She claimed the leak rendered certain intelligence-gathering capabilities ineffective.

The White House said it was not responsible for the leak, and a senior official said the director of national intelligence should investigate the allegation.

Rita Katz, who runs the Washington-based SITE Institute, said her decision to pass the video to an official in the Bush administration has had an impact on the ways that the group has for obtaining these videos before they are made available by al-Qaida.

“Due to the leak, sources that took years to develop are now ineffective,” Katz told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “A rare window into the world of al-Qaida has now been sealed shut.” She declined to elaborate on whether she meant people or methods.

In a story first reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday, Katz said that on Sept. 7 she contacted White House counsel Fred Fielding, whom she had met before and trusted, and offered the video and a transcript, long before anyone else had a copy.

Katz said she wanted to give the government a head start on the video, which she expected al-Qaida to release in the coming hours. She said she did not expect payment for passing along the information.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said the White House was not responsible for the leak and was “concerned about it.”

They are “concerned about it“, well, that’s comforting, I’d hate to think that the clowns running President Numbnutz administration didn’t care, and it’s even MORE reassuring to know that the White House isn’t responsible, many of us have known the White House wasn’t responsible for a long time, but for them to admit it, wow, that’s a huge move, and it thrills me to no end just knowing that our Intelligence community is still obviously populated by the same brainless asshats that were left in place when the Clinton debacle was rendering them useless eunuchs…

“When the White House refers information from an individual or a company, we refer that appropriately to the intelligence community. That’s what happened here,” she said.

Fran Townsend, assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security, told reporters that she would leave any investigation to the director of national intelligence “to ascertain what’s the appropriate way of dealing with this and understanding what happened, so we can ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Ross Feinstein, spokesman for National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, said his office had not yet opened an official investigation, but was looking into the matter.

And you can bet the farm on this statement coming to fruition, there will be many fingers pointed and a couple of guys will fall on their swords and that will be the end of it, it WILL be buried or altered and made to look like it never happened in the 1st place, look at WHO we’re talking about, deception IS their job, dis-information is their shield and they are damn good at covering their own asses in the process…

Katz said Fielding referred her to Joel Bagnal, deputy assistant to the president for homeland security. Bagnal asked her to pass the transcript and video on to Michael Leiter at the National Counterterrorism Center. Katz said she also copied Fielding in on the e-mail.

About an hour and a half after sending her e-mail, she saw news outlets reporting that the government had obtained the video. And soon after that, a transcript appeared on the ABC News Web site and later on the Fox News site.

And there is your answer to the WHO of it all, more or less, either there is a direct leak in the Intelligence community or the MSM has figured out a way to view Intel emails and thus the ability to ferret stories from them directly, or the sender(s) may have done a Bcc and sent it themselves, and if they did, and it was an accident, that’s an accident out Intel people can’t afford to make, and if it was deliberate, well, the word treasonous pops into my mind for some reason…  

In any scenario, the perpetrator needs to be publicly hung by the neck until DEAD…

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Group Accuses US of al-Qaida Video Leak

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2 Iraqi Women Killed by Convoy Guards

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

BAGHDAD (AP) - Guards in a security convoy opened fire on a car at an intersection in central Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two Christian women, police said. Separately, suicide car bombings targeting a local police chief and a Sunni sheik working with U.S. forces killed at least 19 people.

Across Iraq, violence claimed the lives of at least 44 people.

Police and witnesses could not immediately give more details about the gunmen in Baghdad except to say they were in a convoy of four SUVs commonly used by private security companies and the Iraqi Ministry of Interior.

While there was no indication Blackwater USA was involved, the attack threatened to increase calls for limits on the security firms that mounted after the Sept. 16 shooting deaths of as many as 17 Iraqi civilians allegedly that company’s guards. The American security company said its employees were acting in self-defense.

Let’s talk about the desire of the Islamic insurgency to continue the war in Iraq regardless of what peace options the al-Maliki administration offers up, let’s talk about the Islamic insurgency murdering these 2 women and driving off to leave the Iraqi police to deal with it, let’s discuss these so-called convoy guards in masks…

‘But wait a minute TexasFred, the article says this was done by private security contractors’, and THAT is the intent of this story and what the hypocritical MSM would love for you to believe, because you see, a lot of people only read the 1st four paragraphs, that’s the meat of the story, and the MSM knows that fact, and let’s face it, a lot of people don’t have an attention span that lasts past 4 or 5 paragraphs, but you’re siting there thinking that I’m trying to deflect blame and make it look like the peaceful Muslims are again being blamed by me for something that private contractors did, right?? They may have been private contractors, but WHO were they contacted TO??

Well, here’s a little tidbit from several paragraphs into the story that should have been right there in the headline, it’s pretty relevant to the initial context of the story in my opinion…

Another policeman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution, said the guards were masked and wearing khaki uniforms. He said one of them left the vehicle and started to shoot at the car while another opened fire from the open back door of a separate SUV.

Our own MSM, and their biased reporting, the anti-American tilt that they give to so many stories, that and the tenacity of the insurgents, presents our forces, and the Iraqi government, with a set of circumstances that are going to be difficult to overcome, not impossible, but difficult…

Our media is the insurgents best friend, and I realize that here in the USA we have to adhere to the tenants of the constitution, free press, free speech and all that, but Iraq isn’t the USA, why in the hell does the MSM have such unfettered access to the entire operation?? Can’t it be at least reined in, if not stopped?? Isn’t there still such a thing as a news blackout?? Can’t reporters and so-called journalists be held to some degree of responsibility instead of being allowed to write their garbage with a tilt?? What the hell has happened to the TRUTH??

There have always been combat reporters but until recent times they were held to a high level of Operational Security, and most used good sense in their reporting, they brought you the story AND the facts and they did it in the 1st four paragraphs, they didn’t bury the most important line of the story half was down the page, and they didn’t give away any and all information available concerning ongoing operations…

Journalistic integrity, another casualty of the war on terror and global PCness…

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2 Iraqi Women Killed by Convoy Guards

UPDATE: BAGHDAD (AP) - Guards working for an Australian-owned security company fired on a car as it approached their convoy Tuesday, killing two women before speeding away from the latest bloodshed blamed on the deadly mix of heavily armed protection details on Baghdad’s crowded streets.

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Guards Fire on Car in Iraq, Kill 2 Women

Somehow, I don’t think we can believe one word that comes out of the MSM in Iraq, and what in the hell were the boys from Oz thinking?? And WHY were they wearing masks?? Or, were they??

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TexasFred’s Non-Scientific Polling Place

Monday, October 8th, 2007

TexasFred’s Non-Scientific Polling Place

I have started a NEW site, TexasFred’s Non-Scientific Polling Place where I will be posing some serious questions on numerous topics, all responses are anonymous, even as the blog owner I can’t see who votes for what, I have not, nor will I set up a Site Meter or a Technorati listing, there are NO tracking cookies as far as I know, this poll and your vote is TOTALLY anonymous and confidential…

I intend on keeping this blog and poll up at least through Election ‘08, and I intend on having new poll questions posted daily if at all possible, I would appreciate it if you fine folks would submit some SERIOUS question for the poll, along with the answer options you want to have displayed…

I think we need a place where reasonable and intelligent questions can be posed by ALL and responded to by all as well, we get a good look at the ‘pulse’ of the blogosphere that way, and this question submission is NOT limited to Republicans or Conservatives, it is open to ALL, and all submissions will be considered…

Please do me a favor?? Pass this along to your email list and/or make a post on your blog about it??

If you make a post linking the new blog, let me know via email, I will link you here and return the favor, but you need to include your blogs name and URL in the email, I list over 300 blogs and have about 225 folks on my email, if you’re not one of the ‘biggies’ I may not recognize a name alone, email me with your URL…

And PLEASE, don’t hesitate to contribute poll questions, just email them to me at [email protected] and if they’re intelligent, well stated questions with no more than 6 answer options, they may be used…

I have a large variety of categories at the bottom of this post, maybe we can all get some ideas and contribute to this polling site…

Thanks folks, Fred
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Knowing the Enemy Difficult in Iraq

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

PATROL BASE HAWKS, Iraq (AP) - When U.S. sentries fatally shot three guards near an Iraqi-manned checkpoint south of Baghdad, they thought they were targeting enemy fighters planting roadside bombs, according to the American commander of the region.

The shootings, which are still under investigation, underscore a new dilemma facing U.S. troops as former fighters join forces against extremists and Iraqis are increasingly forced to take up arms to protect themselves - how does one distinguish them from the enemy?

The U.S. military said the American troops shot the three civilians Thursday near a checkpoint manned by local members of a U.S.-allied group helping provide security in the village of Abu Lukah, near Musayyib, a Shiite-dominated town 40 miles south of Baghdad.

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division that controls territory south of Baghdad, stressed the investigation was continuing but said initial results showed that U.S. troops fired on the checkpoint after spotting what appeared to be enemy forces planting roadside bombs.

If the truth were told, our guys may have very well BEEN targeting enemy fighters planting roadside bombs, Iraqi forces are so infiltrated that absolutely nothing is out of the question, and THAT is the exact way the Sec. of State needs to be looking at it too, concerning Blackwater USA and their recent problems, this is an enemy that is NOT wearing uniforms, and in some cases, if they are in a uniform, it’s simply because they are a paid member of Iraqi security forces and have managed to pull off a successful infiltration…

If they can’t be put into some kind of highly recognizable uniform it’s going to be almost impossible to distinguish them from insurgents, and this is NOT mean to sound as racist as it is going to sound but to combat troops, they all look alike in civvies…

The comments reflect rising concerns about possible friendly fire killings that could threaten to undermine the U.S. strategy of seeking alliances with local Sunni and Shiite leaders to fill the vacuum left by a national police force that has been plagued by corruption allegations and infiltration by militants.

Incidents of shooting of civilians at checkpoints has drawn allegations by many, in Iraq and beyond, that U.S. troops and contractors are quick to fire and ask question later.

Such criticism was widespread after the March 2005 fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence officer at a checkpoint near Baghdad airport. The officer was traveling at night shortly after securing the release of a kidnapped Italian reporter, who was wounded along with an Italian driver when a U.S. soldier opened fire. The U.S. military has said the soldier acted appropriately in the incident.

I happened to have known some of the soldiers that were in the same unit as the troops that fired on the Italian Intelligence officer, and you betcha, our troops did exactly the right thing, it’s regrettable they guy was killed but he made a bone head move in a combat zone, and that type of bone head move, or something similar, more often than not, generally gets someone hurt or killed in a war zone, that’s the facts of life and if the people that are criticizing our troops and the private security forces of being trigger happy took the time to actually be ON the trigger and not just the keyboard, they might see life in a combat zone a lot differently…

After the Abu Lukah shooting, the so-called North of Hillah Awakening Council staged a three-day strike to register its anger over the loss of three of its members, but guards resumed their posts on Sunday.

“Such acts will create a gap between us and the Americans. We are trying to restore security in the area while the Americans are killing us,” Nabil Saleh, 37, said as he stood with his AK-47 slung over his shoulder at his post in Abu Lukah.

You betcha, it’s the AMERICANS fault, it’s always the Americans fault, we’re just blasting the hell out of every Iraqi we see, sure, that’s what our goal is, look, I know there are some bitter feelings on the Iraqis part over their 3 guys getting killed but our guys are NOT committing wholesale murder or atrocities, it’s just not happening that way, and there are gaps between these people and our troops, a day or 2 before this happened those guys were very likely trying to KILL our troops, and even now I am highly suspect of their intentions, and I am NOT the only one that is…

Capt. John Newman, 31, of Columbus, Ga., said the soldiers believe they can discern volunteers from the insurgents.

“We’ve given them their road guard vests,” Newman said. “So, he’d better be wearing that vest if I see him carrying an AK-47.”

Be careful Captain, you’ll incur the wrath of the Bush administration if you actually go out there and do your job, they aren’t taking too kindly to Iraqis getting killed lately, even if they ARE carrying rifles and firing on our troops or private contractors…

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Knowing the Enemy Difficult in Iraq

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