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May 16, 2005

Bill Davis gets the "fair and balanced" treatment"

Surprise, surprise. "Fair and balanced" aren't the words Scott County Prosecutor Bill Davis is using to describe his encounter with Bill O'Reilly and Fox News. "Lied" and "lie" were his words of choice.

In reporting on the Davenport arrest of a drunken pregnant woman on Mother's Day and the fact Mr. Davis declined to file a child endangerment charge, O'Reilly said the woman wasn't charged with anything, and Lis Wiehl, a Fox News "legal analyst," said Davis could have found "some avenue" to file charges.

In fact, of course, charges -- public intoxication and prostitution -- were filed. The "child endangerment" count police suggested couldn't be filed because Iowa law provides no basis for it, Mr. Davis said.

The treatment Mr. Davis got from Fox is typical of that received by a lot of judges and prosecutors, most notably Judge George Greer in Florida during the Terri Schaivo drama.
Falsehoods are offered as facts, and the ever-shrill Fox crew attacks legal "activists" even as they demand that officers of the court find "some avenue" to ignore the law and take whatever action the Fox screamers would like to have taken.

Mr. Davis is now a member of the not-very-exclusive "slimed by Fox" club.

Posted by jcb at May 16, 2005 09:03 AM


Bill O'Reilly's researchers blew it when they did their homework on Bill Davis and deserve an F. But O'Reilly, pompous ass that he is, has done the public service unmasking other prosecutors and judges that have let bad guys off the hook. Of course, now we have to wonder how often he was off base in those commentaries. I heard that Leader reporter Brian Krans called O'Reilly's people up to set the record straight and was treated rudely. Might be time to find a good sit-com rerun to watch at 7 p.m. Or, better yet, turn the TV off.

Posted by: Guarnerius at May 16, 2005 03:47 PM

Lis Wiehl and Bill O'Reilly are fractions of what they could be. They are both punchlines but, sadly ,they don't know it.

Posted by: Paralegal at May 18, 2005 05:10 PM

Bill O'Reilly should look at himself in a mirrror.This guy is becoming a big hypocrite,listen to him on radio and catch some of his t.v. show and he is not stating fact anymore then the man in the moon.He has resorted to name calling his adversary's.I use to watch him and thought maybe he was in fact in the no-spin zone,but now I know better.

Posted by: Roland at May 20, 2005 09:46 PM