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Fox Guests Clash Over Whether Media Has ‘Double Standard’ Over Bush and Obama’s Wars

This afternoon on Fox, frequent guests Monica Crowley and Kirsten Powers battled over whether there is a media “double standard” in treatment for George W. Bush and Barack Obama in their respective military campaigns.

Conservative radio host Crowley insisted the “double standard” exists, pointing to her belief that in the 2003 run-up to the Iraq War, Bush faced tough criticism from a skeptical press. “When you look at the difference of that coverage and President Obama going to Libya without congressional approval and the run-up to Syria, it is like night and day,” she said.

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Liberal author Powers disagreed, recalling a much different memory of the early days of the Iraq War. “I remember the media not being skeptical and pretty much banging the drums for war and being supportive of the war,” she said. “I think they have not skeptical enough, they’ve not been skeptical enough with President Obama.” She also took issue with her counterpart’s depiction of the media as “supportive” of the potential Syrian strike.

Powers also lamented the president’s “incoherent” strategy, noting that the United States didn’t necessarily do anything about Iraq’s known use of chemical weapons in the 1980s because they were an ally in a Cold War conflict.

Watch the full segment below, via Fox News:

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