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Friday, February 4, 2011 21:43 EDT
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Update: Egypt denied Saturday that Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman was a target of a recent assassination attempt, according to the Associated Press.

A random bullet fired from criminals fighting against each other hit the lead car in Suleiman’s motorcade on Jan. 28, a statement from the Egyptian government said.

The vice president was unharmed in the incident, and no evidence existed showing he was targeted in a premeditated plan, the statement added.

The original story continues below:

An alleged attempt on the life of the newly named vice president of Egypt left two of his bodyguards dead the day after his appointment, a recent report said.

“It’s so organized that it’s been classified an assassination attempt,” Fox News reported Friday.

An unnamed “senior US official” told Fox News that he was amazed the story of Omar Suleiman’s assassination attempt had not been “picked up” yet.

The attempt on Suleiman’s life reportedly happened during a motorcade the day after embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak named him to his cabinet on January 29.

However, Richard Engel, the NBC News correspondent in Cairo, said on Twitter that the Sueiman assassination story is merely a rumor.

“#egypt re-reports of assassination attempt against Suleiman. US source says ‘NO evidence of any attempt…rumor originated with media,’ Engel wrote late Friday.

When asked about the report of a failed assassination, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told Fox News, “I’m not going to … get into that question.”

Suleiman is seen as a likely successor to President Mubarak.

Gunshots erupted Friday for a few minutes at Cairo’s central Tahrir (Liberation) Square, the epicenter of protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year grip on power, an AFP correspondent reported.

There were no immediate reports of casualties despite more than 10,000 people hunkering down in the square for the night to demand Mubarak’s departure, a new parliament and the installation of an interim government.

On the Muslim day of prayers and rest, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life filled the square earlier on Friday for a giant “day of departure” rally.

The square has seen 11 straight days of protests that have shaken the pillars of Mubarak’s three-decade rule.

This video is from Fox News, broadcast Feb. 4, 2011, sniped via Mediaite.

With AFP.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    Fox will make a headline out of a rumor if it fits their agenda.

    Piss off Murdoch, America should deport your ass along with your phony news channel to hell.

  • Anonymous

    When asked about the report of a failed assassination, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told Fox News, “I’m not going to … get into that question.”

    The response from spokes-weasel Gibbs is more telling than anything else in this article. And wouldn’t it chap everyone’s ass here if Fox News was right on this? Just sayin’

  • Anonymous

    So what.
    Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
    Most of Fox’s coverage has been talking heads cloistered in a Midtown Manhattan studio telling us what they think.
    Who cares about Fox.
    They’re yesterday’s news. The world doesn’t need them and it will move on without them.
    Technology is evolving to the point where we don’t need talking heads telling us what’s going on anymore.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGGZXYWGXWQ47RPEUNS4PEGBLE David

    True or not good way to taint the image of the innocent among the demonstrators who are hungry for a fair chance. Check this one out thoroughly and make sure it wasn’t home baked. If not, track those responsible and put them in the light for all to see.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGGZXYWGXWQ47RPEUNS4PEGBLE David

    Well, unless of course

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    This is simply an orchestrated move by the spy to turn himself into a martyr and another chance for Fox to spin this into a total lie. Fox will probably try to blame Obama personally or something. I am not buying this garbage for one second. http://republicconstitution.blogspot.com/

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    We were not told the truth about the assassination of President Muhammad Anwar El Sadat.

  • http://twitter.com/Shamrocker Morgan

    Seeing as Fox News places Egypt in Iraq on their cartoon map, I doubt anyone bothered to check the sources or facts before reporting this story either. Fox News is a joke!

  • Anonymous

    Well researched then… and fair and balanced…. Fox……

    If this guy can get away with calling two million protesters children, during his interview with Christine Amanpour, I’m pretty sure he would tell us about an earlier assassination attempt.

  • Anonymous

    fox news, where yellow journalism and propaganda make sweet sweet love.

  • Anonymous

    Haven’t a few of FAUX NEWS so-called journalists been beat up by the “good” people? Listen to rush:

    Limbaugh Jokes About Detention of NYT Journalists, Until He Learns Fox ‘News’ Reporters Hospitalized

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8338

  • Anonymous

    Limbaugh Jokes About Detention of NYT Journalists, Until He Learns Fox ‘News’ Reporters Hospitalized

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8338

    Scores: FAUX NEWS 0 RIGHT WING EGYPTIAN TORIES 3

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    It would probably be best to assume that Obama tried to murder Suleiman.

    We have to be realistic about the nutjob we have for a president. The only way Obama can get away with not supporting Suleiman is for Obama to kill Suleiman. It just makes sense.

    This is what happens when we allow our presidents to torture and murder people in secrecy. We have no way of knowing what’s really going on.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “Sweet love”? More like “slap guts and swap spit”.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    It may be a case of Fox math (0×0=2)

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    They are a news organization, after all. Shouldn’t they get their facts straight once or twice a year? Moreover, if true its a good thing and it won’t be the last attempt.

  • ToyotaBedZRock

    Interesting.

    Is he lying about who told him. Was it really someone from the White House or a Egyptian Government Official.

  • Anonymous

    Either an Egyptian official or the Faux News reporter pulled it out of his ass.
    They’ve been remarkably hostile to the idea of democracy in Egypt or even getting rid of Mubarak.

  • Anonymous

    The Crazy is strong in this one

  • http://twitter.com/PeterNoTail Peter No Tail

    And wouldn’t it chap everyone’s ass here if Fox News was right on this? Just sayin’ (/quote)

    it would,… it would. i guess we’ll find out as the hours unfold.
    But it is Fox News we’re talkin’ about here, so I can seriously understand (and maybe I’m reading this into the story) the slight condescension for Fox News. It’s not like FoxNews is a real news organization, right? It’d be like the Onion getting the scoop on the New York Times!
    Well…. if the New York Times was still a respectable news organization and not the modern-day US Pravda it is now, and if the Onion was run by wealthy old boring white conservative men.

    I would easily, and without a second thought, dismiss this report as a rumor, as a journalist misfire in the 24hr cable news battle for viewers, were it not for Gibb’s response. The weasel is strong in Gibbs, as was in Ari Fleischer (I guess it a prerequisite for the job), and I thought his answer was a little unusual considering he could have easily taken a swipe at Fox if it WAS just a rumor…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TX3MXXPF52BXCKGNLDNPADILPQ paul rogers

    And MSNBC, the NYT, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN will make a “FACT!” out of an opinion if it fits their agenda.

    Piss off Soros, America should deport your ass along with all the people who are simple-mided enough to be brainwashed by your billions!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TX3MXXPF52BXCKGNLDNPADILPQ paul rogers

    OMG! The article begins by impuning FOX by snarkily saying that their source is “An unnamed “senior US official”". Then, 3 paragraphs later, they “support” their own theory with “US source says ‘NO evidence of any attempt…rumor originated with media,’ Engel wrote late Friday.”

    BWAHAHAHA

    so typical of left wing marxist nutbags…………

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TX3MXXPF52BXCKGNLDNPADILPQ paul rogers
  • Knot

    Murdoch, schmoodock. It’s Roger Ailes’ ideology that smells like an excavation of Glenn Beck’s back 40.

    Obviously, I agree with Murdoch being deported, I just think we should set our sights a bit higher. (or lower as the case may be.)

  • DesertSun59

    At this point in the game, a typical 20 year old Egyptian in Cairo with a Nokia cell phone and a Twitter account is far more accurate than ANY alleged Fox journalist.

  • Anonymous

    Nice scoop Fox. especially considering their man on the ground was beat to a pulp and evacuated from the country.

  • Anonymous

    except the Fox guy was hospitalized after getting the shit kicked out of him while trying to cover the story.

  • Anonymous

    You know what they say about assumptions.

  • Anonymous

    He is a person with a family, and a journalist. Hopefully those hateful on the left can see the bigger picture:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/beaten-fox-news-reporter-describes-the-bloody-attack/

    Guess it needs to be Anderson Cooper for some to care..

  • Anonymous

    Do you not see the illogic of your post. Let me walk you through this slowly.

    Fox claims senior US official source of assassination story.

    Later you posted this:

    US source says ‘NO evidence of any attempt…rumor originated with media,

    Let’s break the above down.

    See where is says, “US source says “NO evidendence of any attempt…?” The US source in that statement is calling Fox a liar. What is it about “NO evidence” that you don’t understand?

    Let’s continue.

    The US source goes on to call Fox a liar in this statement, “…rumor originated with media…”

    In the above that media where the rumor originated is FOX FRAUD NEWS. See the word, “originated” see the word, “with” see the word, “media”. What is it about “originated with media” that you don’t understand.

  • Anonymous

    Please, you are delusional.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    WARNING: “the blaze.com” is GLENN BECK’S WEBSITE WARNING

    WARNING

    IT’S EVEN MORE FULL OF CRAP THAN BECK’S TV SHOW

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Gee, how many people are dead because they decided to participate in a peaceful demonstration in the center of Cairo? Would that be a little more appropriate to report on? What about it Fox “News?” Where’s all that “democracy, liberty, and freedom” crap you guys are always spouting off about? You guys are strangely silent about that for some reason when it comes to Egypt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Which hospital is that, moron?

  • Anonymous

    BWAHAHAHA?

    Whose the nutbag here?
    Project much?

  • Anonymous

    You are insane.
    That’s some story line you got going on there in your head.
    It must provide you with hours of mindless entertainment.
    And you don’t need cable tv.

  • Anonymous

    so it is only news when SOME journalists get the shit kicked out of them, but not all? Liberty is not a partisan thing junior. It happened.

  • Anonymous

    Probably the same one where the other journalists were taken. is it so hard for you to believe that ALL journalists were targeted for violence on Wed and Fox dudes didn’t get a hall pass? Ignorant little boy.

  • Anonymous

    So you deny it happened? google it son, it went down. why is it so hard for you to believe?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TX3MXXPF52BXCKGNLDNPADILPQ paul rogers

    You are wasting your time if you think facts, logic, obvious truth, or demonstrably valid information can be used to persuade these morons. Here’s all that matters:

    Every syllable ever uttered by anyone on Fox (even the weatherman) is nothing but a lie to further the neocon, zionist, homo, teabaggers and their evil corporate overlords. Also, anyone who earns over 100k a year is an evil wealth hoarder and a war monger.
    Unless you accept those premises and frame every other opinion around those, you yourself are a homo teabagging rightwing moron.

  • Anonymous

    If they were targeting journalists, why would they target Fox?

  • Anonymous

    What a small, hateful mind you have. So you despise financially successful people and are a bigot against homosexuals. Your mother must have instilled excellent values in you.

    I come to RS for interesting, challenged debate on issues with people whose views differ from mine. you don’t pass the test lil’ fella.

  • Anonymous

    Funny stuff. So if you disagree with a viewpoint, you think that viewpoint is illegitimate?

  • Anonymous

    Al Jazerra English is going right after the U.S. media reporting on Egypt, especially Fox.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TX3MXXPF52BXCKGNLDNPADILPQ paul rogers

    Evidently my sarcasm didn’t come through, or else my outrageous comments didn’t seem all that outrageous in the context of RS. ;)

  • Anonymous

    You have your own reality in your head, ‘son’.
    Where did I mention the Fox reporter?
    My comment was about YOU, not the Fox reporter story.
    I’ve already known about the Fox guy, it’s not that hard.
    I own a teevee and know how to use the internets, doesn’t take a genius.
    And you’ve proved my point.
    You misunderstood and created your own version of my comment in your head that I was doubting the Fox reporter story, when my comment was about YOU.
    I guess it keeps you entertained.
    Gotta go now, people to see , things to do.
    Try it sometime, it’s called get a life.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    Your insane president says he has a right to murder people. Why don’t you believe him?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    Yes, they say assumptions make an ass of you. But I think we have to take Obama’s word that he wants to murder people at will.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    F,O,X, stands for Full Of Xhit.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, RS, go ahead and spread an unsubstantiated rumor from Fox.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    You are just as full of Xhit as Fox “News” is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Good answer, moron. The reason you don’t know is that you are just as full of Xhit as Fox “News” is. You don’t know the name of the hospital because there is no reporter in a hospital like Fox “News” is trying to claim.

    Why do you and Fox “News” hate Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy so much?
    It’s very strange, given al the “freedom” BS rhetoric you hear all the time on that goofy network.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Exactly, Fox is Hosny’s best friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Wow, what a perfect description of Glenn Beck. Right on, man. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Actually he’s upset at how close you got to what he is. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    No, I just think you are either a gullible moron or a fake poster bought and paid for by the Koch Bros or someone like them. LOL

  • Anonymous

    This just in from FUCKEDNOOZ: Martians behind Cairo protests.

  • Anonymous

    Ha! Thanks for thinking of me pussy. what a dork.

  • DriveBy

    I call BULLSHIT!! Suleiman is NOT widely seen as a likely successor to President Mubarak – just as someone the US would prefer to see succeed Mubarak.

  • Anonymous

    Do you really believe your statement? seriously. ask yourself in the mirror and get back to me.

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure you have a point, but I was stating that a Fox journalist got pounded in Cairo. It is an undeniable fact. The fact that you can’t respect your political opposition makes you weak.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Bob, so I see you like the word moron. Wow. If you want to make a real point in the world of political discourse, I would listen. But my 4th grader sounds smarter than your last comment. I would respond if there was something to respond to, but there isn’t.

  • Anonymous

    The level of debate has dropped through the floor. Good luck with your prejudices. Try reading some books.

  • Anonymous

    You have a small mind. I am sorry I ponied up for the debate today. intellect is on life support today dude. I hope you never have a job in this world of any influence because it would bring us all down. Notice how we are not talking about any issues, just throwing insults? where did the interesting libs go this afternoon?

  • Anonymous

    Murdoch is the owner, he is the one that is responsible for all the tripefestivals on his channel.

  • Anonymous

    Go fuck yourself.

  • irrumabo

    comet67 is obviously a butthurt troll.

  • irrumabo

    Hey comet67, we sincerely all hope that you never have a job of any kind.

  • Anonymous

    Lies are always illegitimate.

  • Anonymous

    Suleiman is the CIA’s choice. He’s the US military’s choice. He’s Hillary Clinton’s choice. He’ll serve the interests of the Pentagon, the oil companies and the Washington Establishment. The Administration keeps talking about a “gradual transition” to democracy under the leadership of America’s hand-picked leader.

    And you think Obama wants to kill Suleiman? Yes, The Crazy is strong in you.

  • Anonymous

    life is always a joke to this kind of slob until it happens to them or someone they know.
    “oooops! sorry, we were only joking….”
    rush is a superJerk

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry little fella, got a job, house, a woman, a couple of dogs, some savings, nice car. Everything I need pussy. I like your pic of a bird with a penis and balls. It explains alot.

    Who is “we”? your RS buddies?. What a fucking dork. Go talk to some real people, it can be stimulating.

  • Anonymous

    Nice non sequitur.

  • Anonymous

    That term doesn’t mean what you think it means.

    So, you are a failure. Is that a sacrament in your religion?

  • Anonymous

    ha ha! I am an atheist and I know the meaning and it was used quite nicely after your last comment. Why are you such a hater, hater?

  • Anonymous

    PTV on Torturer in chief:

    “As spy chief, Suleiman reportedly embraced the CIA’s controversial “extraordinary rendition” program, in which terror suspects snatched by the Americans were taken to Egypt and other countries without legal proceedings and subjected to interrogations”. Raw Story

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjRqrwhOCWM

    With that Resume he must “Loved” in Egypt

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    FTA:

    “However, Richard Engel, the NBC News correspondent in Cairo, said on Twitter that the Sueiman assassination story is merely a rumor.

    “#egypt re-reports of assassination attempt against Suleiman. US source says ‘NO evidence of any attempt…rumor originated with media,’ Engel wrote late Friday.

    When asked about the report of a failed assassination, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told Fox News, “I’m not going to … get into that question.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    We are supposed to believe these liars? Like Bush and Cheney they should be in prison.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Israel frames Muslims, sets them up as targets for the US
    *Evidence linking Israelis to 9/11 is Classified*

  • DriveBy

    The world trusts NONE, that means not a one, of the US media, retard. The “liberal” media is a Fox News and Hate Radio creation that does really not exist. Of the many you have named, which one is the anti-war media? Answer: None of them… and do you know why?

  • cannotvote

    “the Nameless War” is well worth a google! What goes on under the surface remains in the realm of conspiracy – especially when the dogs cry it, from their owned presses!

  • cannotvote

    The freakin’ arrogance of the us power mongers is appalling – leave Egypt alone, democracy will be of their description not yours and they will decide who is, or what will be their leadership – so ‘Shut it’. In fact any meddling by outside forces guarantees that the process will be undemocratic and the result too – leave that country alone, they have the right of self determination, which is part of the democratic process.

  • Anonymous

    This whole thing was just Fox News picking up a rumor and running with it as an EXCLUSIVE scoop, after embellishing it, of course. What else is new?

  • Anonymous

    What’s funny is two off the wall partisans and water carriers for FOX started bashing each other based on neither having a reasonable capacity for reading comprehension. They are so busy wanting to hit a “liberal” with all their flailing that they knocked each others teeth out..

    I concur.. LOL

  • Anonymous

    A person from Fox carrying a camera was beaten.. I think the problem is most sane people don’t consider much of what Fox does as “journalism” because most of what Fox does is intentionally obfuscate reality to suit their ends, including by sending in people with a camera to get footage they can later doctor to try and create a false representation of reality.

    If their intent is to get raw footage that they can later twist into a false representation, that’s not “journalism”, that’s facilitating propaganda.

    The core problem seems to be that anyone that still believes anything that comes across Fox has lost all credibility with the reality based crowd. When you’re willing to sift through hundreds of hours of lies and distortions to hold up 1 truth now and again, you’re intentionally perpetuating the distortions and lies.

  • Anonymous

    Another internet tough guy.
    You prove my point once more.
    A lot of experience on the keyboard alone in your room, I’ll bet.
    Not so much actual real life experience on the street.
    You live life in your own head and not in the real world.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, he’s a butt hurt pile of tripe troll alright.
    Notice all he’s got are the same insults on every thread he comments on.
    Same crap, different thread.

  • Anonymous

    A link to the blaze, how silly.
    And you complain about the level of debate when you provide a link to such trash?
    Laughable.

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