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Tuesday, April 01, 2003


Hey, Peter:

In the interest of good journalism, I'd like to subject you to some of the same kind of questioning you usually reserve for U.S. generals.

You said, "There is enormous sensitivity within the US government to reports coming out from Baghdad. They don't want credible news organisations reporting from here because it presents them with enormous problems." Are you implying that every other journalist in Iraq is incompetent and not credible?

You later said, "Overnight my successful NBC reporting career was turned to ashes. And why? Because I stated the obvious to Iraqi television; that the US war timetable has fallen by the wayside." You claim youstated the "obvious." Can you please give us some hard evidence, not merely your opinion, that the Coalition timetable has been disrupted? Were you given the privilege of seeing the Coalition war plans?

Can you please tell us which military officer or government official made the claim that "America would be in Baghdad by the end of March?" Is this actual fact or merely your assumption based on your observations?

In the first Gulf conflict, you received a lot of criticism for interviewing Saddam Hussein. In 1998, you falsified a report that Special Forces in Vietnam used Sarin gas, a report for which you were reprimanded by CNN. Given such incidents, please tell us why readers should believe you are, as you say, "telling the truth?"

In your piece to the Daily Mirror, you wrote, "Some reporters make judgements but that is not my style. I present both sides and report what I see with my own eyes." If that is the case, can you explain to our readers how your comments to Iraq television presented the Coalition view of the war?

Iraqi television is state-run and well-known as a propaganda tool for Saddam Hussein. When you agreed to the interview, did it ever enter your mind that your comments might be used - in context or out - as just more Hussein propaganda?

It is obvious that your plan to discredit the U.S. and de-legitimize the war isn't working. Are we to assume from this that you'll be rewriting the truth for your new employer?

(All quotes taken directly from Peter Arnett's piece in The Daily Mirror).

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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