Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Can't wait to see what Fox News has to say about this.

American customs officials said yesterday that they had uncovered evidence of looting and "souvenir hunting" by US citizens in Iraq, including an attempt by a television news engineer to bring home paintings and monetary bonds in contravention of international law.

The officials said they had caught several travellers returning to the United States with paintings and even weapons in their luggage.

Benjamin Johnson, the news engineer, is the subject of a criminal complaint filed in court last week. He faces an initial hearing on Tuesday.

According to the complaint, Mr Johnson, who was "embedded" with US troops as part of a Fox News cable channel team, turned up at Dulles International airport outside Washington with a large cardboard box containing 12 paintings of Saddam Hussein and his son Uday, as well as 40 Iraqi monetary bonds.

Fox News, which has raised eyebrows during the war for its gung-ho support of the Bush administration, responded by firing Mr Johnson, who had worked for the station as a satellite truck specialist.

So like why didn't Fox News fire Geraldo when they had the chance?