On the June 8 edition of Fox News' The Big Story, host John Gibson falsely claimed that former Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was recently killed in Iraq by American forces, "attacked" and "blew up" the USS Cole in October 2000.
In fact, according to the 9-11 Commission report, the attack on the Cole was an Al Qaeda operation that was "supervised and directed" by Osama bin Laden. The report made no mention of Zarqawi in the operation's planning or execution.
Later in the show, talking with Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Gibson again claimed that "[i]t was Zarqawi who blew up the Cole."
So why didn't Congressman John Kline refute Gibsons false statement? Was it simply to divert attention from the still very much alive bin Laden to Zarqawi? Does Kline believe lying on national TV is okay? Perhaps this was just a prelude to the Republicans trying to shore up support for Bu$h's Iraq war policy this week by planting the seeds of fear, hate and 'Big Story Myths'. Tell me again how Iraq was behind 9/11?