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Posted: 03.31.2003
Lies, lies, lies, yeah - they won't forget you!
In the April 5 issue of TV Guide, [Peter] Arnett said he felt he had found redemption reporting on the current war.

"I was furious with (CNN founder) Ted Turner and (then-CNN chairman) Tom Johnson when they threw me to the wolves after I made them billions risking my life to cover the first Gulf War," Arnett told TV Guide.

"Now (Turner and Johnson) are gone, the Iraqis have thrown the CNN crew out of Baghdad, and I'm still here," he said. "Any satisfaction in that? Ha, ha, ha, ha."
(Read full articles at FOXNews.com and National Geographic.)
Famous last words for $200, Alex. Don't let the scud hit you on the way out...

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

Has anyone heard anything conclusive on the Geraldo-Go-Round? They've been saying he's been booted out of Iraq, then wasnt, then he was again, all day long.

¤ ¤ credit: dave | 03.31.03 at 05:01 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

This is the last I saw on Geraldo over at The Command Post.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 03.31.03 at 05:10 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Arnett has already been hired by The Daily Marxist oops I mean Mirror. That was quick.

¤ ¤ credit: dave | 03.31.03 at 07:24 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

We military types call what Arnett did "treason" and worthy of a firing squad.

¤ ¤ credit: Kathryn | 04.01.03 at 01:06 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'd say tossing grenades into a tent full of your fellow soldiers is far more treasonous, and they didn't shoot that guy. I wish they had.

Not to defend Arnett- he's definitely an asshat- but I think people have blown what he did way out of proportion. He didn't say anything that people aren't saying on American talkshows and in American newspapers and God knows in lots of American weblogs. The only difference is that he said it on Iraqi tv.

Does that rise to the level of "giving aid and comfort to the enemy"? I'm not so sure it does. The only argument one can really make is that by suggesting that the original battle plan had failed, he's somehow given a little more confidence or inspiration to the Iraqis. But then he also said that we were drawing up a new plan.

In any case, the argument that this is treason is sketchy at best. Maybe if there were levels of treason, this might be some sort of misdemeanor. I don't think he should be shot, but I don't think revoking his naturalized citizen status would be unreasonable at all.

¤ ¤ credit: Dave | 04.01.03 at 02:02 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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