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CNN Correspondent Goes Ballistic Over Fox News Libya/Human Shield Report (VIDEO)

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"I see him more times at breakfast than out on trips with government officials here," Robertson said. "So for them to say and call this -- to say they didn't go and for them to call this and say this was government propaganda to hold us there as human shields when they didn't even leave the hotel ... is ridiculous."

Fox is staking out high-ground here, claiming they were above being used by the government. Nonsense, says Robertson. "They sent a member of their team. He was not editorial. He was nontechnical, not normally a cameraman."

Robertson added that the reason he and many other reporters agree to this and similar outings is simple. "[W]e go on these government trips ... for a very simple reason because we don't want government officials to film it themselves, edit it themselves and hand it off to us," Robertson said, raising the suggestion that Harrigan's reporting from Libya is suspect or incomplete.

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