The New York Times calls it an illustration of the “danger” of “rumors going unchecked” when professional journalists leave the war zone. I call it the worst francophobic slander yet:

On Tuesday, Oliver L. North, who was in Kuwait with the First Marine Expeditionary Force, told Fox News over a videophone that he had heard “rumors” that French Embassy officials in Baghdad were helping to destroy evidence of French cooperation with Saddam Hussein’s stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons.

“That is more than inaccurate or untrue,” said Nathalie Loiseau, the spokeswoman for the French Embassy in Washington. “It is insulting.” Ms. Loiseau said the entire French delegation left Baghdad on Tuesday morning.

Via Roger Ailes.