CNN Reporter Lashes Fox Over 'Human Shield Scoop'

Story was totally hyped, says journalist Nic Robertson
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2011 4:24 AM CDT

A furious CNN reporter is blasting Fox News for cooking up an "exclusive" story accusing Libyan security forces of using US reporters as "human shields." The Fox piece claimed that CNN and Reuters reporters, among others, were transported to a bomb site in Moammar Gadhafi's compound in a bid to block further strikes from the US. But CNN veteran correspondent Nic Robertson, who was part of the "human shield," called the story "outrageous."

To "say it was a human shield is nuts," Robertson added. "I expect lies from the government" in Libya. "I don't expect it from other journalists. It's frankly incredibly disappointing." Robertson added that a Fox staffer was part of their group, a fact not mentioned by Fox, and says that their handlers hurried them through their trip. There was no immediate word from Fox. To read the human shield story click here. (More Nic Robertson stories.)

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