Thursday, September 22, 2005

O'Reilly touted Iraqi oil "success story," but ... [Media Matters]

O'Reilly touted Iraqi oil "success story," but ... [Media Matters]: "On both the September 21 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor and that day's broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, host Bill O'Reilly offered misleading data to praise the post-war rehabilitation of the Iraqi oil industry. Calling Iraqi oil exports 'one success story in Iraq that hasn't been told' O'Reilly stated that Iraqi oil production was at '98 percent of capacity.' But his assertion that Iraq is pumping close to capacity ignores the larger issue that the capacity level -- the total volume the nation is capable of producing -- has decreased from pre-war levels, a decline that has steepened in the first six months of 2005."

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