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Peter Arnett Award
(for Hopelessly Foolish Wartime Reporting)

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We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away, thatís cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, not cowardly."
ó ABCís Bill Maher on Politically Incorrect, September 17, 2001.


"We all know that one manís terrorist is another manís freedom fighter and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word terrorist....To be frank, it adds little to call the attack on the World Trade Center a terrorist attack."
ó Steven Jukes, global head of news for the Reuters News Service, in an internal memo cited by the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz in a September 24, 2001, article.


And the winner is:

"The Pentagon as a legitimate target? I actually donít have an opinion on that and itís important I not have an opinion on that as I sit here in my capacity right now....I can say the Pentagon got hit, I can say this is what their position is, this is what our position is, but for me to take a position this was right or wrong, I mean, thatís perhaps for me in my private life, perhaps itís for me dealing with my loved ones, perhaps itís for my minister at church. But as a journalist I feel strongly thatís something that I should not be taking a position on. Iím supposed to figure out what is and what is not, not what ought to be."
ó ABC News President David Westin to students at a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism event on October 23, 2001, shown four days later on C-SPAN. (After the quote was publicized, Westin conceded he was wrong.)



Accepting for David Westin....Robert Dornan

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