I came to know several Iraqi officials well enough that they confided in me that Saddam Hussein was a maniac who had to be removed. One Foreign Ministry officer told me of a colleague who, finding out his brother had been executed by the regime, was forced, as a test of loyalty, to write a letter of congratulations on the act to Saddam Hussein. An aide to Uday once told me why he had no front teeth: henchmen had ripped them out with pliers and told him never to wear dentures, so he would always remember the price to be paid for upsetting his boss. Again, we could not broadcast anything these men said to us...
...Then there were the events that were not unreported but that nonetheless still haunt me. A 31-year-old Kuwaiti woman, Asrar Qabandi, was captured by Iraqi secret police occupying her country in 1990 for "crimes," one of which included speaking with CNN on the phone. They beat her daily for two months, forcing her father to watch. In January 1991, on the eve of the American-led offensive, they smashed her skull and tore her body apart limb by limb. A plastic bag containing her body parts was left on the doorstep of her family's home.
And they complain about Al-Jezeera??? All of the news organizations and "journalists" who prostituted themselves for the thrill should be held accountable. What other reason than the thrill of being there... they weren't there to tell the truth. It sickens me. How many more stories are they keeping from us? Where are the other lies?
At least Mr. Jordan’s conscience is bothering him enough to come clean now. Things like this make scum bags like Peter Arnett even more despicable. It all makes you wonder how different things would have been if Arnett, Bob Simon et. al. had really told the truth 12 years ago Why lie to the World CNN..... deliberate lies they were not deceived, they told us deliberate lies for at least the last dozen years...... This absolutely makes me sick.
And if you're not sick enough, take a look at the CNN site to see how Jordan and CNN were heroic. Heroic freaking liars.
Why tell the truth now? .... they were kicked out 3 weeks ago!
UPDATE: Everyone seems to be hopping on this horse and shouting out. Try Charles at lgf, and Taranto's Best of the Web, Lair give us the Amish perspective over at Kesher Talk ( some intergalactic problem at his site). Moe at Occom's Toothbrush, brings up an old related article. Michele rants so does Allison and the Command Post was on it, Bill Hobbes chips in, and Roger Simon too. Rachel Lucas agrees with Blaster that we should Flood the Zone, and don't miss the stuff at Quasipundit. I'm sure I've missed some others but this really has me upset for some reason. Even though we've known they’ve (CNN) been loose with the truth in the past, their complicity with the bloody Saddam regime is unforgivable. CNN had too much respect in the world to stoop so low. And if this is Standard Operating Procedure for our major news organizations, the truth may never be told.
CNN possibly sacrificed thousands of Iraqis to protect a few of their employees. How sad.