March 31, 2003

PETER ARNETT, under heavy criticism for giving an aid-and-comfort interview to Iraqi television, has been canned by NBC.

I got a lot of emails on this yesterday, and I didn’t post on it because I didn’t think it was really news. Arnett has been desperate to rejuvenate his career since the “Tailwind” debacle, and he’s always been too chummy with the Iraqi government. In a way, this, or something like it, was inevitable. The big “news” part is that this wasn’t as obvious to NBC and Explorer as it was to, well, everyone else.