Meanwhile, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour claims that in the run-up to the war in Iraq, “the press was muzzled, and I think the press self-muzzled,” she said. “I’m sorry to say that, but certainly television and, perhaps, to a certain extent, my station, was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News.”
Of course, what Amanpour doesn’t say (and apparently was never asked), is that Eason Jordan, CNN’s chief news executive admitted that he was willing to be literally intimated by Saddam Hussein and his foot soldiers, and presented radically slanted, pro-Baathist coverage, in order to say to put those magic words, “live from Baghdad” on the screen.
A spokeswoman from Fox News puts has the last word: “It’s better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than spokeswoman for al-Qaeda.”
Or Saddam Hussein.
UPDATE: To coin a phrase–heh.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Upon returning from a visit to Iraq, Federal Judge Don Walter writes:
We must have the moral courage to see this through, to do whatever it takes to secure responsible government for the Iraqi people. Having decided to topple Saddam, we cannot abandon those who trust us. I fear we will quit as the horrors of war come into our living rooms. Look at the stories you are getting from the media today. The steady drip, drip, drip of bad news may destroy our will to fulfill the obligations we have assumed. WE ARE NOT GETTING THE WHOLE TRUTH FROM THE NEWS MEDIA. The news you watch, listen to and read is highly selective. Good news doesn’t sell.
ONE MORE MEDIA UPDATE: Brent Bozell wants to know why the media aren’t asking Bill and Hillary about why they didn’t do more to prevent 9/11.
QUICK QUESTION: How does anyone with a conscious say that she’s been “muzzled” by a rival TV network, when the network she works for admitted that they aided a despot who thought nothing of literally cutting the tongues off of those who opposed his regime?