Less than four minutes after FOX News Channel host John Gibson claimed that "most Americans think ... the war was right," FOX News Channel chief political correspondent Carl Cameron reported that "51 percent [of registered voters] say the war there [Iraq] was not worth fighting."
Gibson's September 28 claim was in response to British author Margaret Drabble's August 5, 2003, Telegraph op-ed piece, in which she wrote, "I now loathe the United States and what it has done to Iraq and the rest of the helpless world." Gibson also focused on the op-ed in his 2004 book, Hating America: The New World Sport. In response to news that Drabble is scheduled to tour the United States to promote her new novel, Gibson attempted to rebuke the author for her past criticism of the U.S.-led Iraq invasion.
From the "My Word" editorial segment of the September 28 edition of FOX News Channel's The Big Story with John Gibson, which airs weekdays at 5 p.m. (ET):
GIBSON: Why does she [Drabble] come? Especially now that she knows most Americans think that she is dead wrong, that the war was right and that her despised [President] G[eorge] W. Bush might just win reelection?
As Cameron noted, a September 27 ABC News/Washington Post poll (pdf) of registered voters found that "51 percent say the war there [Iraq] was not worth fighting," while 60 percent "now say the United States has gotten bogged down in Iraq."
From the September 28 edition of FOX News Channel's Special Report with Brit Hume, which airs weekdays at 6 p.m. (ET):
CAMERON: Among registered voters, a sample that's less predictive than unlikely voters, six in ten now say the U.S. has gotten bogged down in Iraq. Fifty-one percent say the war there was not worth fighting. And 55 percent say the president is, quote, "too willing to take risks."