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Fact checking Helen Thomas:

Helen.

Q Thirty-five Iraqis, including women and children, were killed by Americans yesterday. Do you still consider that we’re having a big success there?

MS. PERINO: I don’t think that that number is correct, as far as I know. Obviously, we regret the loss of any innocent life. I know that our military takes great pains to make sure that they are protected in this war zone. I’d refer you to the Multinational Force In Iraq for more.

Q — newspapers today —

MS. PERINO: I don’t think that that number is what they said. That wasn’t the number in the newspaper.

I assume Helen is referring to this NY Times article that states “35 Are Killed in Iraq.” But it’s not like Helen had to read the whole article, just the headline, to get the real story: 35 Are Killed in Iraq, 5 by U.S. Troops.



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