Wednesday, September 17
The Hopeless v. the HilariousUSA Today reported the following accusation by CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour. On a CNBC talk show, Amanpour was asked if "we in the media, as much as in the administration, drank the Kool-Aid when it came to the war." Her response:
I think the press was muzzled, and I think the press self-muzzled. I'm sorry to say, but certainly television and, perhaps, to a certain extent, my station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News. And it did, in fact, put a climate of fear and self-censorship, in my view, in terms of the kind of broadcast work we did.
Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti gave the accusation exactly the respect it deserved:
Given the choice, it's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda.Indeed.