Tweeting @ConormPowell (updated)

On Special Report with Bret Baier last night, Conor Powell reported on the killing by Israeli forces of two Hamas members suspected in the murder of the three Israeli teens. In his first pass at describing the relationship of Hamas to the kidnapping, I believe that Powell conveyed Hamas’s denial of involvement. I think a second reference later in the report may have backtracked on the issue. (I can’t find a video of Powell’s report online; I will update this post if possible and correct this post if necessary.)

Anyone who has followed this story knows that Hamas has long since admitted its responsibility for the kidnapping despite its initial denials. Here, for example, is the AP report. I tweeted Powell to point this out, hoping he might respond (and let me know if I was mistaken). As with my first whack at it during the Gaza war, no such luck. Powell seems to me to be about one degree of separation from doing public relations for Hamas. As a viewer of FOX News, I wonder how it happens to be that Powell’s colleagues don’t seem to have noticed.

UPDATE: Conor Powell responds via Twitter:

Have I got this right? It may be too subtle for me, but I take it that Powell knowingly omitted the Hamas admission of responsibility for the operation as reported in the AP story linked above from his piece. He reported that Hamas members were involved, but implied the responsibility extended no higher than the direct participants. The AP story is clearly to the contrary. Maybe Powell just doesn’t know what he’s talking about. We report, you decide.

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