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Walter Rodgers says Marines in downtown Baghdad have foiled another suicide attack. They have also, with the help of local Iraqis, found two suicide-bomb factories.

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I just looked up that Jordanian border scene. Here’s CNN producer Ingrid Formanek talking to Paula Zahn, March 22:

I think you were asking about our negotiations to be able to stay, with everything possible, we pointed out it was in everybody’s interest and CNN’s interest and Iraq’s interest and certainly the interest of the world and of the American people to see what was going on in Baghdad and it was very important to have set of independent eyes and ears to report this. That’s a point that we’ve always made to the Iraqi authorities throughout the years that we have been in Baghdad. We certainly made that point last night. In all of the years we worked there, we pointed out we have reported fairly. We followed the rules and it was in their interests, as well as ours.

Now, of course, it was a request by the network for an interview with the president. Interestingly enough, the Iraqis have never, as far as we could tell, taken advantage of the foreign media in the sense that all of the world, for example, the Bush administration, they take advantage of the media, they speak every minute that they can get of air time they take to get their point across to the world. This is done all over the world. The Iraqis, I think, has never taken full advantage of this. And I think it’s a great missed opportunity because the world can hear and see what’s happening if organizations like CNN are allowed to remain in Baghdad. And a great missed opportunity for everybody.


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Hans Blix Accuses Us of Planning The War!



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Presumably we should have done no planning at all.

Web Briefing: April 18, 2014

Tariq’s Crib



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Great story about what was in Tariq Azziz’s house. Apparently someone was studying for the GMATs. Also, Tariq dug Sleepless in Seattle and the Godfather.

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Reading the Times op-ed I couldn’t help but flashback to the morning CNN got booted out of Baghdad a few weeks ago. Nic Robertson and Rym Brahimi were greated as heroes at the Jordanian border by CNN execs, probably because CNN people were in fear that the journalists would face some awful Iraqi-inflicted fate before they hit the border. Of course, that’s not what viewers were told. Presumably the greatest threat to them was American shocking and awing. Viewers watching the extended coverage of the Jordanian entrance got to hear the producer who had been in Baghdad with them going on about the importance of giving equal time to both sides, as if the U.S. and Iraq were somehow equal players in the realm of free media (in fact, she went on about how the Iraqis didn’t use CNN to feed enough propaganda, compared to the U.S.). She, of course, was saying much of it because she wanted Disinfo Guy to let them back in. There are ways of doing that without being so fundamentally and blatantly dishonest, however.

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Kathryn sorta accidentally locked herself out of The Corner. It might have been a coping mechanism.

Ten Cole Suspects Link



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Fyi



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Kathryn’s having computer problems, which is why there aren’t 8 trillion posts by her already this morning.

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This confession really is staggering. One question I have is for the lefty Nation reading crowd. They’ve been saying the big time media has been banging the war drums in order to spike their ratings. Implicit — and sometimes explicit — to this charge is that the networks were willing to risk Iraqi lives in order to make a buck. Well, doesn’t this story run the other way, at least a bit? If CNN put this news forward earlier, it certainly would have been considered “pro-war” to the extent it demonzied Saddam even more. And we all know that the left thinks demonzing Saddam was an illegitimate propagandistic ploy. How does Janeane Garafolo explain this admission? What does she — and the Susan Sarandon crowd — think about it?

Ten Cole Bombing “Suspects” Escape



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The guys held responsiblee for attacking the USS Cole escaped from their Yemeni prison today according to the breaking news wires (no link yet). What I don’t understand is why the TV networks, Fox included, are calling them “suspects.” If they’ve been in prison for five years for committing the crime, maybe they’re not “suspects” anymore?

Anyway, sounds too coincidental to me. Maybe they were sprung by folks upset by the war in Iraq? We’ll see.

In This Morning’s Newspaper



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This has been bothering me for a long time. I say things like “Have you seen this morning’s Washington Post?” all the time. I sometimes catch myself and realize that it’s the same paper all day. The Post doesn’t change in the afternoon. It occurs to me that this might be a holdover from the days when we did have afternoon, evening or late editions. I used to buy two New York Posts every day, for example. I might have picked this up from my parents who used to buy more than one edition of the same paper everyday all the time. Maybe there are other explanations as well, but I think this has to be part of it. “The morning newspaper” is now the only newspaper we have all day (not counting the web stuff) but the phrase hangs around for the same reason we still say “dial” a phone number.

Memo to The Anti-War Crowd



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From my syndicated column, fyi:

I want to rub it in the anti-war crowd’s face so badly. I want to hear the protesters explain why it’s a bad thing we released more than 100 children from an Iraqi gulag for underage political prisoners. I want them to talk about how they were fighting for the Iraqi people as the Iraqi people hug and kiss the American forces in Baghdad and greet the human shields with signs reading “Go Home You Wankers.” I want them to explain why it wasn’t worth it.

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This is an amazing essay by CNN’s Eason Jordan. I’m at something of a loss to figure out the ethical implications of this confession. On the one hand, taking responsibility for the lives of your employees is an obligation. On the other hand, it would have been nice if CNN — and I presume other news organizations in a similar situation — found ways to make it more clear how terrible they knew the regime to be.

Is The Most Important Fighting...



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On the Syrian border? Very interesting story about the battle for Qaim on the Syrian border. Could be a fight to defend Baathist leadership or WMD. Once again the news is where the cameras aren’t.

Weasel Mtg Today



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Where Is Andrew Stuttaford When You Need Him?



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Saddam’s Was a Regime Full of Bad Men



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A CNN exec talks. Remarkable.

Meanwhile, in Dallas



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Attention Andrew Stuttaford! I discovered while motoring around here in Dallas today that there is a shopping center near my house called — I’m not making this up — “Dr Pepper Station.” I also went to a couple of meetings in the swellegant Dallas Morning News executive conference room. It was rather more sleek and modern than our conference room back at NR World Headquarters. I kept waiting for someone to make a motion that we blow up Alderaan to teach the Rebel leaders a lesson.

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Saddam’s Half Brother



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is targetted by U.S. strikes. Interestingly, his name is Tikriti–I guess making it the first major strike in the battle of Tikrit.

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