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Fox News Continues Attack on U.S. POW Bowe Bergdahl and His Dad (Video)

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Fox News has attacked American POW Bowe Bergdahl and his family since his release from the Taliban last Saturday.

According to ThinkProgress.org, the latest attack came this morning on "Fox & Friends" when co-host Steve Doocy wondered, “Did we trade five Islamic warriors for one Islamic warrior?”

"Fox & Friends" based their report on a new FoxNews.com article that stated:

Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a 'mujahid,' or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.

The secret documents come from the Eclipse Group, a private spy group run by Duane R. (“Dewey”) Clarridge, who was indicted for lying to Congress about his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, but was pardoned by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 while on trial.

The New York Times
reported in 2011 that Clarridge runs his private spy group while sitting near his pool in San Diego. Clarridge is a former CIA operative who has been out of the agency for more than two decades. The New York Times described the Eclipse Group' s reports to be "an amalgam of fact, rumor, analysis and uncorroborated reports."

Fox News has also worked with a former Republican staffer for President Bush and adviser for Mitt Romney in rounding up former soldiers to make unpatriotic claims about Bergdahl, noted Buzzfeed.com. However, many of their stories have been found to have numerous holes.

The conservative cable network has also attacked Robert Bergdahl, the father of Bowe.

MediaMatters.org notes that Fox News host Sean Hannity pushed a right wing rumor that Robert made a "Muslim victory call" at the White House rose garden this week (video below).

Bill O'Reilly claimed that Robert "absolutely looked like a Muslim" on his Fox News show (video below), reports MediaMatters.org.

Sources: MediaMatters.org, Buzzfeed.com, The New York Times, FoxNews.com, ThinkProgress.org

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