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CBS’s Lara Logan
Blasts Radio Host Laura Ingraham about Negative Coverage of
Iraq War and Media Bias
Howard Kurtz to Lara Logan: "I want to play for you a
piece of tape involving Laura Ingraham, the conservative radio
talk show how who was on the Today show earlier this week and
criticized the Today show for not doing more from Iraq. Let's
listen to what she had to say."
Laura Ingraham on NBC's Today, March 21: "To do a show
from Iraq means to talk to the Iraqi military, to go out with
the Iraqi military, to actually have a conversation with the
people instead of reporting from hotel balconies about the
latest IEDs going off."
Kurtz: "What do you make of that comment about
reporting from hotel balconies?"
Logan dripped with disdain: "Well, I think it's
outrageous. I mean, Laura Ingraham should come to Iraq and not
be talking about what journalists are doing from the comfort
of her studio in the United States, the comfort and the
safety. I mean, I don't know any journalist that wants to just
sit in a hotel room in Iraq. Does anybody understand that for
us we used to be able to drive to Ramadi, we used to drive to
Falluja, we used to drive to Najaf. We could travel all over
this country without having to fly in military helicopters.
That's the only way we can move around here. So, it's when the
military can accommodate us, if the military can accommodate
us, then we can go out and see.
"I have been out with Iraqi security forces over and over
again. And you know what? When Bob Woodruff was out with Iraqi
security forces and he was injured, the first thing that
people were asking was, oh, was he being responsible by
placing himself in this position with Iraqi forces? And they
started to question his responsibility and integrity as a
journalist. I mean, we just can't win. I think it's an outrage
to point the finger at journalists and say that this is our
fault. I really do. And I think it shows an abject lack of
respect for any journalist that's prepared to come to this
country and risk their life. And that's not just me. That's
the crews, that's all the people that make up our teams here."
Kurtz: "I do want to point out that Laura Ingraham was
in Iraq last month for eight days, and that was part of the
reason for her appearance. Lara Logan, stay with us. I want to
Logan sniffed: "For eight days."
-- Exchange between host Howard Kurtz and CBS reporter Lara
Logan, CNN, Reliable Sources, March 26, 2006
Olbermann Claims WH Leaked ABC E-mail to Drudge Report
Keith Olbermann: "The war against the media, it's not
something from our imagination, and it certainly got a little
personal today. There was an e-mail that a producer at ABC
News had written in the fall of 2004 during the presidential
campaign that was leaked to the infamous, deplorable Matt
Drudge. The e-mail read, as a posting today: 'Are you watching
this? Bush makes be sick. If he uses the "mixed messages" line
one more time, I'm going to puke.' I'm not even going to put
the 'if that came from the White House somehow' thing in there
because the timing's too good. When you consider that the
President won that election and the e-mail was not even about
Iraq, does this not smack of desperation on the part of the
White House, to let something like that leak out right now?"
Dana Milbank: "Well, I, first of all, am never going to
call Matt Drudge deplorable. Every time he links to one of my
stories, I get an extra 50,000 hits, they tell me, so-"
Olbermann: "Good. Good for you."
Milbank: "-so let's establish that."
Olbermann: "I said it, not you."
Milbank: "You're toast, Keith."
Olbermann: "I'll go to the Matt Drudge Ombudsman."
Milbank: "But, look, whatever the reason for it, I don't think
we should say, this is unacceptable, we have to say it is
unacceptable for a journalist to be doing this, in part
because, look, you and I and other journalists go out all the
time and say things critical of Bush, but this fellow, I don't
know him, is obviously very personally invested into this to
think of puking. Now, the line about the mixed messages, I
remember it from the campaign. Bush was essentially suggesting
that Kerry was aiding and abetting the terrorists, but, so why
didn't he suggest people investigate the truth of that line as
opposed to getting his digestive juices all agitated about
-- Exchange between host Keith Olbermann and guest Dana
Milbank, Countdown, MSNBC, March 23, 2006
“Unforgivable” Criticism of Media
"A note about Laura Ingraham's comments: I've known her a long
time. I'll, in fact, give you the caveat that I've known her
socially. But that hotel balcony crack was unforgivable. It
was unforgivable to the memory of David Bloom, it was
unforgivable in consideration of Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt,
it was unforgivable in the light of what happened to Michael
Kelly and what happened to Michael Weiskopf. It was
unforgivable with Jill Carroll still a hostage in Iraq. And
it's not only unforgivable of her, it was desperate, and it
was stupid. As promised, a calmer voice, no doubt, in the
person of Newsweek's White House correspondent Richard Wolffe....It's
one thing to question if the media's being representative in
its reporting from Iraq, but with this frankly paranoid tone
set by the administration and enacted by people like Laura
Ingraham, is that what we're left with about Iraq, defending
the actions conducted in this nation's name with desperation
-- MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22.
Oil, Israel — or
Just for Fun?
"I’d like to ask
you, Mr. President — your decision to invade Iraq has caused
the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of
Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given,
publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question
is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you
stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet — your Cabinet
officers, intelligence people, and so forth — what’s your real
reason? You have said it wasn’t oil — quest for oil, it hasn’t
been Israel, or anything else. What was it?"
— Hearst columnist and former UPI reporter Helen Thomas to
President Bush at his March 21 press conference.
Exposes and Chastises NBC Hypocritical Coverage of Iraq War
Ingraham: "Well here, here's what I think David. I
think with all the resources of networks like NBC. The Today
show spends all this money to send people to the Olympics,
which is great, it was great programming. All this money for
'Where In The World Is Matt Lauer?' Bring the Today show to
Iraq. Bring the Today show to Tal Afar. Do the show from the
4th ID at Camp Victory and then when you talk to those
soldiers on the ground, when you go out with the Iraqi
military, when you talk to the villagers, when you see the
children, then I want NBC to report on only the IEDs, only the
killings, only, only the reprisals. When people are on the
ground whether it's recently, David Ignatius of the Washington
Post, whether it's recently-"
Gregory: "Okay but, but Laura let's be, hold on, let's
Ingraham: "Let me finish David because you got, you
guys are, no, no, let me finish, let me finish-"
Gregory: "Wait a minute Laura! Wait a second! If you
want to be fair. First of all, the Today show went to Iraq.
Matt Lauer was there, he reported there."
Ingraham: "Did he do a show, did you do a show from
Gregory: "Okay and we, and we've got a bureau there
Ingraham: "Yeah. David, David to do a show from Iraq
means to talk to the Iraqi military, to go out with the Iraqi
military, to actually have a conversation with the people
instead of reporting from hotel balconies about the latest
IEDs going off. It is very difficult in Iraq. People are
Gregory: "And you, and you think Iraq is safe enough
to, have you been there long enough to venture outside the
Ingraham, as NBC put up on screen a photo of Ingraham with
troops in Iraq: "David, yes I did. I wasn't in a hotel
balcony I was out with the U.S. military and it can be done in
any part of the country. It is dangerous in the Sunni
Gregory: "So, so Lau-"
Ingraham: "-but NBC and networks of the United
Gregory: "-Okay hold, hold, Laura, Laura, I get, I get,
I get the point. I get the, I get the anti-network point.
James, the argument is that the media simply-"
-- Exchange between NBC report David Gregory and radio talk
show host Laura Ingraham, Today, March 21, 2006.
On Boston Legal,
Character Alan Shore Rants Against the War Against Terrorism
Alan Shore: "When the weapons of mass destruction thing
turned out not to be true, I expected the American people to
rise up. They didn’t. Then, when the Abu Ghraib torture thing
surfaced, and it was revealed that our government participated
in rendition -- a practice where we kidnap people, and turn
them over to regimes who specialize in torture -- I was sure
then that the American people would be heard from. We stood
"Then came the news that we jailed thousands of so-called
terrorist suspects. Locked them up without the right to a
trial, or even the right to confront their accusers.
Certainly, we would never stand for that. We did. And, now
it’s been discovered the executive branch has been conducting
massive, illegal, domestic surveillance on its own citizens --
you and me. And I at least consoled myself that finally,
FINALLY, the American people will have had enough. Evidently,
"In fact, if the people of this country have spoken, the
message is: We’re okay with it all -- torture, warrant-less
search and seizures, illegal wiretappings, prison without a
fair trial, or any trial, war on false pretenses. We as a
citizenry are apparently not offended."
-- Attorney Alan Shore, played by James Spader, on ABC’s
Boston Legal, March 14, 2006.
Boston Legal’s Alan
Shore Character Says Anti-Terrorism is McCarthyite Scare
Alan Shore: "Last night, I went to bed with a book. Not
as much fun as a 29 year old, but the book contained a speech
by Adlai Stevenson. The year was 1952. He said, 'the tragedy
of our day is the climate of fear in which we live,' and 'fear
breeds repression.' Too often, sinister threats to the bill of
rights, to freedom of the mind, 'are concealed under the
patriotic cloak of anti-communism.' Today, it's the cloak of
anti-terrorism. Stevenson also remarked, 'it's far easier to
fight for principles than to live up to them.' I know we are
all afraid, but the Bill of Rights, we have to live up to
that. We simply must. That's all Melissa Hughes was trying to
say. She was speaking for you. I would ask you now to go back
to that room and speak for her."
-- Attorney Alan Shore, played by James Spader, on ABC’s
Boston Legal, March 14, 2006.
Belzer Knows Better
About Iraq than Uneducated Soldiers in Iraq
Richard Belzer: "Yeah, come on. Our soldiers now are
Ros-Lehtinen: "Are a volunteer force, a volunteer
Belzer: "Okay, fine. No one questions the nobility and
the honor that these men and woman who are serving and what
they're doing. No one questions that. But now they're targets,
they're not going out. Now they're just protecting each other
and they're in the middle of a civil war. So it's really not
fair to have these people who volunteered their lives to
protect our nation under false pretenses to now be, to have
Ros-Lehtinen, over loud applause for Belzer: "Ask them.
Ask them if it's fair! Wait a minute, wait a minute. My
stepson, wait a minute, my stepson-"
Belzer: "That's bullshit: ask them! They're not, they
don't read twenty newspapers a day. They're under the threat
of death every minute. They're not the best people to ask
about the war because they're gonna die any second."
Ros-Lehtinen: "Wait a minute! You are talking about my
stepson, my stepson who just finished last week eight months
Belzer over Ros-Lehtenin: "God bless your stepson.
Doesn't mean he's a brilliant scholar about the war because
he's there. (applause) And God bless him."
Ros-Lehtinen, quite agitated: "Oh, you are though! You
are though? Okay."
Belzer: "Well I have more time, I'm not there. My life
is not under threat."
Ros-Lehtinen: "Thank you. I'm glad."
Maher: "I think the point he's trying to make is that a
19-year-old who is in that army because he probably couldn't
find other employment-"
Ros-Lehtinen: "He's a college graduate. He's a Marine
officer. He volunteered for the Marines."
Belzer: "He's the exception for the rule."
Ros-Lehtinen: "He's not the exception for the rule.
I've been there-"
Belzer: "You think everyone over there is a college
graduate? They're 19 and 20-year-old kids who couldn't get a
Ros-Lehtinen: "Yeah, you know because you've been there
Belzer: "What, I don't fucking read!? Don't do that!"
Maher, over Belzer: "Woe, woe, woe. Come on. Wait,
wait, wait. That, don't."
Belzer: "Pardon my French."
Maher: "That was over the line and now you're going to
Belzer: "It's this patronizing thing that people have
about if you're against the war everyone's lumped together.
You know, the soldiers are not scholars, they're not war
Maher: "You're going to lose even me like Michael Moore
did when he came down on Charlton Heston in Columbine."
(WARNING: Audio and video clips
contain uncensored vulgarities.)
CBS’s Mike Wallace
Would Not Try to Protect U.S. Soldiers
FCharles Ogletree Jr.: “… Don't you have a higher duty
as an American citizen to do all you can to save the lives of
soldiers rather than this journalistic ethic of reporting
CBS’s Mike Wallace: "… No, you don't have a higher
duty...you're a reporter."
Brent Scrowcroft: “… You're Americans first, and you're
CBS’s Mike Wallace: “… What in the world is wrong with
photographing this attack by [the imaginary] North Kosanese on
-- Exchange among moderator Charles Ogletree Jr., CBS’s Mike
Wallace, future National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, and
other panelists, PBS, Ethics in America, Oct. 31, 1987
On NBC’s ER,
Character “Dr. Neela Rasgotra” Blasts U.S. War in Iraq
#1, referring to Dr. Rasgotra's doctor husband: "So how's
Michael doing, back in the saddle again?"
Man: "God bless him, volunteering to go back."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "He's fine, doing well. Says he's
very busy, misses me."
Woman #2: "Of course he does. He'll be home again
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Is Joe going to be home in time
for the birth?"
Woman #2, clearly pregnant: "I don't think so. He'd
probably pass out in the delivery room, anyway."
Man: "I did."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Seriously."
Woman #2: "Well, of course I want him home. But I knew
what I was getting into when I married a soldier: The long
absences, the moving for the umpteenth time, the pay."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "That's sad he's not gonna be
Woman #2: "It's hard sometimes, but that's why I'm so
glad I have spouse club and all of you."
Woman #1: "Our loved ones are serving our country, and
it's a small price to pay."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "I think it's a huge price to pay,
especially under the circumstances."
Woman #1: "What circumstances?"
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Well, the way the whole thing's
been handled, how we got into it, how it's been managed."
Man: "What exactly do you mean?"
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Never mind, I'm sorry."
Man: "No, no, no. Go on."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Well, I still haven't seen any
weapons of mass destruction, have you?"
Woman #2, trying to change topics: "Who's thirsty?"
Man: "If you don't support the war, how do you justify
what Michael's doing over there?"
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "I don't justify it, and I don't
support any war, but I do support our troops, and I am proud
of my husband."
Woman #1: "Doesn't sound that way."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "You can't tell me that you believe
100 percent in your heart that we should be in Iraq, can any
Man: "I don't think it helps to talk that way."
Woman #1: "Our duty is to support their duty."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "My duty is to be a good doctor and
to be a good wife, not to be brainwashed into falling in line
with some pseudo-patriotic delusion."
NBC, March 16, 2006
Evan Thomas: On
Ports, Talk Radio Was for "Idiots"
Fill-in host Kathleen Matthews: "Evan, nothing has lit
up the telephones on talk radio more than this Dubai ports
deal. Why did it resonate so much with the American people?"
Evan Thomas, Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek:
"Because it's something that simple idiots can understand
[other panelists snicker]. I mean, it was an idiotic issue,
and it is a classic for talk radio. You can get it on a bumper
sticker. But I'm with the elites on this one. It was really,
it was ridiculous. We need Dubai as an ally. On balance, it
would be better that the deal went through, but it was an easy
one to demagogue on talk radio."
Inside Washington, March 10.
A Catholic Town?
"Some of the values, depending on your perspective... may be
deemed wholesome, but in other ways, I think, people will see
this community as eschewing diversity and promoting
intolerance....Do you think the tenets of the community might
result in de facto segregation as a result of some of the
beliefs that are being espoused by the majority of the
residents there?...You can understand how people would hear
some of these things and be like, wow, this is really
infringing on civil liberties and freedom of speech and right
to privacy and all sorts of basic tenets that this country was
founded on. Right?"
— NBC’s Katie
Couric on the March 3 Today, questioning Domino’s Pizza
founder Tom Monaghan and real-estate developer Paul Marinelli,
who are building a community based on Catholic values in Ave
Bush, Like a Sneaky
""He’s coming in [to Pakistan] like a drug dealer. I mean,
having to sneak in like that, with the lights off, with the
windows slammed shut on the plane. Is this a security
question, really, or is it a problem of that government? Is it
a problem that within the security service in Pakistan there
are people out to hurt the President?...What message [does]
this sends to the people of Pakistan? They know how the
President’s coming in over there. Guess what, the leader of
the greatest nation in the world, our ally in the war against
terrorism, had to sneak into our country last night by cover
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on the March 3 Hardball, asking
security expert Roger Cressey and former Clinton aide David
Gergen about President Bush’s Pakistan trip.
Bush's Faith: "Very Un-Christlike"
"If I hear one more person tell me how this man [President
Bush] is a man of faith, I think I’ll lose my mother-f***ing
mind [audience applause]. Let me tell you why. I’ll tell you
why. He left his ranch in Crawford to see about one woman,
Terry Schiavo, he left his ranch early. But when thousands and
thousands of people were being, dying in New Orleans, this son
of a bitch didn’t do sh*t, and that’s very un-Christlike to me
[applause]. To me, Christ certainly cared more about the poor
than he did Halliburton."
— Actor/comedian D. L. Hughley on HBO’s Real Time with Bill
Maher, March 3.
(WARNING: Audio and video clips
contain uncensored vulgarities.)
MSNBC vs. NBC: Bush
Caught in Lie or Vindicated by Video?
MSNBC’s David Shuster: "Clearly, the President’s team did
anticipate the breach. This teleconference video from the day
before the storm reached New Orleans shows the President was
warned the breach was possible, and the tape shows the
President’s team openly worried about the outcome. Max
Mayfield, a leading hurricane expert, warned of massive
devastation. Then, Mayfield directly addressed the reliability
of the levees."
Max Mayfield, August 28 video conference: "I don’t think
anyone can tell you with any confidence right now whether the
levees will be topped or not, but that’s obviously a very,
very grave concern."
— MSNBC’s Hardball, March 2.
"Today, [hurricane expert Max] Mayfield told NBC News that he
warned only that the levees might be topped, not breached, and
that on the many conference calls he monitored, ‘nobody talked
about the possibility of a levee breach or failure until after
— NBC’s Lisa Myers on the March 2 Nightly News, at about
the same time Shuster’s story was on MSNBC.