2003 April 11 Friday
What CNN Held Back About Saddam's Regime Out Of Fear

Eason Jordan, chief news executive of CNN, reports on what CNN was afraid to report while Saddam was in power.

I knew that CNN could not report that Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday, told me in 1995 that he intended to assassinate two of his brothers-in-law who had defected and also the man giving them asylum, King Hussein of Jordan. If we had gone with the story, I was sure he would have responded by killing the Iraqi translator who was the only other participant in the meeting.

Read the full article.

Contrast that with what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says even today about the war.

"I have absolutely no regret about my vote on this war," she told reporters at her weekly briefing yesterday, saying the same questions still remain: "The cost in human lives. The cost to our budget, probably $100 billion. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less. The cost to our economy. But the most important question at this time, now that we're toward the end of it, is what is the cost to the war on terrorism?"

How could we have brought down Saddam's statues for less? Does she have in mind pinpoint bombing aimed only at the statues? Or did she have in mind to negotiate with Saddam to buy the statues? Perhaps she thinks a secret CIA team could have gone there and planted some corrosive material in the base of the statues? Its hard to take her delusions seriously at this point.

Others are in rather closer touch with reality. A US soldier viewing the contents of an Iraqi military prison in Zubayr Iraq sees electric cables running into a small cell and sums up the whole place rather cogently: "It's just evil in here."

"I'd hate to think of what those clamped onto," said one U.S. soldier, who speculated the far end would be attached to a generator. "It's just evil in here."

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 April 11 01:16 PM  Axis Of Evil

Bob said at April 11, 2003 3:03 PM:

Does this mean that truth is the first casualty in news?

Doesn't this make CNN the propagandist shill of brutal dictators and not the propagandist shill of the US government? In the future, I'll have to keep this in mind when talking to paranoid pinko foreigners.

Paul Cella said at April 13, 2003 12:21 AM:

Pelosi demonstrates again why anyone who cares about America's security and interests cannot place his trust in the Democratic Party. That is a sad fact; how long has it been true?

Her bitterness and condescension toward the Iraqis is appalling.

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