Does Mike Ware owe us an apology?
By Mark Kilmer Posted in War — Comments (46) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Who was that heckling John McCain in Baghdad last weekend? Was that CNN's Michael Ware?
The French wire AFP doesn't say:
McCain and three fellow Republican senators told slightly incredulous journalists about their "deeply moving" downtown walkabout, sipping tea and chewing the fat with welcoming Iraqis.
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"I studied warfare. I'm a student of history. If you control the capital city of a nation you have a significant advantage," countered McCain as one reporter giggled at the back. . . .
Yet journalists openly scoffed afterwards at what they considered a public awareness exercise secured on the streets by massive US security. [my emphasis]
CNN's Ware… appears to be sitting just in front of the camera in the full-room shots of the press conference.
In front of the camera is in back of the room. The back of the room is where the AFP reported the giggling reporter was seated. If we can believe the French, though, 't wasn't only Ware who was "incredulous" and "scoff[ing] afterwards." Much of the press corps there in the Green Zone, it seems, have become third-rate activists, childishly mocking that which doesn't fit their model.
I do not know if Matt Drudge owes Mike Ware an apology, though I know he owes several to the troops and to the American people. If he laughed or scoffed, he lied to us and to his employer.
The media are not a watchdog in any sense of the word. They can't even hit the fire hydrant.
[HT, Confederate Yankee.]