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Rather, Brown and Even Jennings Acknowledge Coalition Success (Media Idiots Change Tune)
Media Research Center ^ | April 3, 2003 | Brent Baker

Posted on 04/03/2003 5:33:18 PM PST by PJ-Comix

The U.S. forces have even won over Peter Jennings as he led Wednesday's World News Tonight by espousing coalition success and mocking the Hussein regime's claims of victory: “At one point on Iraqi television today a government official read a statement, allegedly from Saddam Hussein, which said 'victory is within our reach.' It doesn't look like it on the battlefield.”

Jennings soon cautioned, however: “But this is the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, and it has been a stronghold for Saddam Hussein. So it is still...the great unknown.”

Dan Rather provided an upbeat assessment on CBS: “Tonight there is major progress and a stunning battlefield victory to report.”

At 10pm EST, at the top of his four-hour block, CNN's Aaron Brown announced the beginning of the end: “The end game is on...There's no guarantee that the end will come quickly, and certainly the end is filled with uncertainty and great risk, but the beginning of the end seems to be where we are.”

Comparatively, NBC's Tom Brokaw provided the most dour view: “After an unexpectedly difficult ground war on the way to Baghdad, American and coalition forces are within 19 miles of the Iraqi capital.” But, he warned, “now the very difficult assignment, taking on Baghdad with the Saddam Hussein regime showing no signs of folding anytime soon.”

Now, details about how ABC, CBS and NBC on Wednesday night, April 2, evaluated the status of the war:

-- Jennings teased his broadcast: “On World News Tonight, with U.S. forces closer Baghdad faster than they thought, the Republican Guard is being pounded from the air.”

Jennings opened the program: “Good evening everyone. At one point on Iraqi television today a government official read a statement, allegedly from Saddam Hussein, which said 'victory is within our reach.' It doesn't look like it on the battlefield. Today the march on Baghdad by the U.S. Army and Marines was described from the scene as easier than anticipated. The Pentagon says tat two Republican Guard divisions were pretty much obliterated. U.S. forces are now successfully across the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers at points which enable them to get onto pretty good roads that run right into the capital. Baghdad is about 20 or 30 miles ahead. “But this is the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, and it has been a stronghold for Saddam Hussein. So it is still, as John McWethy reports from the Pentagon tonight, the great unknown.”

McWethy cautioned: “As U.S. forces close in, concerns mount that the Iraqi regime might take desperate measures, like use of nerve gas.”

Ted Koppel, traveling with the Army, declared: “3rd infantry division is now on Saddam's doorstep.”

-- Dan Rather opened the CBS Evening News: “Good evening. As the war against Iraq heads into a third week, tonight there is major progress and a stunning battlefield victory to report. The U.S. military says two key Republican Guard divisions protecting Baghdad have been beaten so badly they are, quote, 'no longer credible forces.' They were pummeled by U.S. forces now closing in on the capital from two side. To the east, advancing U.S. Marines are now within 30 miles or less of the outskirts of Baghdad. To the West, lead elements of the Army's third infantry are within 20 miles or less.”

Jim Axelrod, with the Army, suggested a similarity with Vietnam, at least terrain-wise: “This afternoon was not like this morning. For starters, the terrain. The familiar desert war looked more like the jungles of Vietnam, and this time Iraqi opposition was fierce. Finally, the Iraqis wee beaten back enough for U.S. troops to start their trip over the river.”

Axelrod concluded that by the end of the day the unit was exhausted, “but exactly where they intended to be when they started their day: On Baghdad's doorstep.”

John Roberts, with the Marines, revealed: “For the first time in a week, the word 'cakewalk' has resurfaced in the Marines' vocabulary.”

But, he noted, there are “broad fears that Saddam could unleash chemical weapons if he senses he's going down.”

At the Pentagon, David Martin concluded on an ominous note: “As for chemical weapons, none were fired today. But the Iraqis can be overheard on their radios talking among themselves about using them.”

-- Tom Brokaw refrained from sweeping generalities about success as he began the NBC Nightly News, as transcribed by MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth: “Good evening. The war against Iraq began two weeks ago tonight with a strike at a Baghdad residence where Saddam Hussein and his sons were believed to have been staying. Now, 14 days later, after an unexpectedly difficult ground war on the way to Baghdad, American and coalition forces are within 19 miles of the Iraqi capital. And some very heavy fighting and a dramatic rescue in the last 24 hours. “Here is an overview of what we’ll be covering tonight. The outer rim of Baghdad’s defenses is under attack tonight. As one U.S. official put it, 'the circle is closing.’ In An Nasiriyah, NBC’s Kerry Sanders is traveling with the First Marines Second Battalion with details of the dramatic rescue of Private Jessica Lynch. North, near Al Kut, where NBC’s Chip Reid is with the First Marines Third Battalion, following a fierce battle with a Baghdad division of the Republican Guard. To the Shiite holy city An Najaf, where NBC’s Dana Lewis is with the 101st Airborne Division fighting in and around mosques and land mines. And somewhere around Karbala, David Bloom takes us into the battle with the Third Infantry Division on the road to Baghdad. “A lot of progress for the United States and the allies in the last 24 hours. But now the very difficult assignment, taking on Baghdad with the Saddam Hussein regime showing no signs of folding anytime soon.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: aaronbrown; danrather; embeddedreport; iraqifreedom; mediabias; peterjennings; televisedwar; tombrokaw; warcorrespondents
The media morons, after almost universally echoing the "Were Losing" bit for about a week have suddenly ditched that ridiculous premise. Now they are hoping we won't remember what idiots they were. Sorry, media folks, you all are being entered into the Hall Of Shame on this one.
1 posted on 04/03/2003 5:33:18 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
This morning, the Perky Katie Couric said "What a difference 24 hours makes! The tone of the war has changed."

I yelled back at the screen, "No, the tone of the coverage of the war has changed."

-PJ

2 posted on 04/03/2003 5:35:37 PM PST by Political Junkie Too
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To: PJ-Comix
This is just a strategic pause before the real quagmire.
3 posted on 04/03/2003 5:37:31 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: PJ-Comix
I refuse to watch these FRAUDS. I am sorry to say millions of Blue Haired Ladies get all their "News" and views from them.
4 posted on 04/03/2003 5:41:49 PM PST by tubebender (?)
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To: PJ-Comix
Nightly Aaron Brown remarks about "smoky Baghdad" claiming its due to the bombing, ignoring the crude oil fires. It's one of his quirks.

Jennings is churning inside.

5 posted on 04/03/2003 5:42:01 PM PST by Shermy
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To: PJ-Comix
Good evening everyone. At one point on Iraqi television today a government official read a statement, allegedly from Saddam Hussein, which said 'victory is within our reach.' It doesn't look like it on the battlefield.

..."And Judas Jennings went and hanged himself."

6 posted on 04/03/2003 5:42:10 PM PST by Gorzaloon (Contents may have settled during shipping, but this tagline contains the stated product weight.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
AMen to that!
7 posted on 04/03/2003 5:44:10 PM PST by ruready4eternity ( Muslims have perfected an new form of psychological warfare. The Palestinians were first)
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To: PJ-Comix
Aaron Brown, I thought, was behind the President and especially the troops. He even admitted to being biased toward the positives in this campaign.

I'll admit, he's a little odd, and his manner switches easily from grave to...Eccentric. Maybe I just haven't watched enough CNN to get the impression he personally disapproved of the job we're doing over there.

/shrug
8 posted on 04/03/2003 5:44:38 PM PST by Retrofire (Let's roll!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
LOL
9 posted on 04/03/2003 5:45:09 PM PST by BibChr (Liberalism means never even having to admit to yourself that you SHOULD be sorry)
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To: PJ-Comix
We're going to see alot of this going on.

I just hope someone has kept track of all the weasels so they can be reminded of their previous statements and views.
10 posted on 04/03/2003 5:48:29 PM PST by livis_dad
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To: PJ-Comix
I am waiting for the Iraqi spokesman to say "they are a hundred miles away" just as the U.S. Marines show up in the briefing room. Are you listening SNL?
11 posted on 04/03/2003 5:48:40 PM PST by Russell Scott (Iraqi soldier, is it really worth dying for the Butcher of Baghdad?)
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To: Political Junkie Too
"The tone of the war has changed."

You must always keep in mind that Katie's "sources" are her dinner party guests. They also provide "the tone" of current events.

12 posted on 04/03/2003 5:52:06 PM PST by angkor
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To: PJ-Comix
" The media morons "

Last week,Brokaw opened the NBC Nightly News by using ( what we now know were false ) quotes from Lt. Gen. William Wallace to begin his hit piece on the failed war plans of DefSec Rumsfeld and Gen. Tommy Franks. Does anyone know if Brokaw apologized tonight for this rotten piece of reporting ?
13 posted on 04/03/2003 5:54:56 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: PJ-Comix
CYA reporting from the lefty media.
14 posted on 04/03/2003 6:00:44 PM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = VERY expensive, very SCRATCHY toilet paper.)
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To: livis_dad
Tuesday's New York Times should be a collector's item -- splashed all over the front page were stories about disagreements boiling over in the military, how poorly the war was going, how "the plan" was an utter failure. Now Thursday it's all US troops on the move. They act like they knew it would be that way all along. No shame.
15 posted on 04/03/2003 6:01:43 PM PST by speedy
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To: PJ-Comix
As much as I hate to admit it, I frequently encounter acquaintances who are not following events as closely as we FReepers do. Typically in the past few days, I am greeted with "how's the war going?" Scary thought that I'm anyone's primary source of information, but such appears to be the case. In any event, until the last couple of days, my answer was "we're winning on Fox, we're losing on BBC, and it's close elsewhere."

Good to see that the various network opinions seem to be moving in the direction of a quick and decisive victory.

16 posted on 04/03/2003 6:02:37 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina (optional tag line, printed after my name)
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To: tubebender


Hey, Tube, I resemble that remark!
17 posted on 04/03/2003 6:04:22 PM PST by jacquej
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To: Political Junkie Too
Maybe they finally got around to actually READING their stupid polls????????
18 posted on 04/03/2003 6:05:58 PM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: PJ-Comix
Tom Brokaw provided the most dour view: “After an unexpectedly difficult ground war on the way to Baghdad"

After 14 days???

Compared to what??

World War 2?

Brokaw is a scum sucking idiot
19 posted on 04/03/2003 6:10:41 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get)
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To: jacquej
Hey, Tube, I resemble that remark!

Then you must know my sisters...W is 82 and M is 79.. Of course I am the little brother. :-)

20 posted on 04/03/2003 6:17:48 PM PST by tubebender (?)
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To: PJ-Comix
Well, whopee snorts ! The media reported the obvious.
21 posted on 04/03/2003 6:25:38 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Retrofire
I'll second you on that. Aaron rambles a lot about how he 'feels' and 'back when I was starting out', but he was quietly mocking Michael Moore and positively went to the mat against the Al Jazeera guy after the POWs were shown. He's a strange bird, as my Mom used to say.
22 posted on 04/03/2003 7:17:38 PM PST by m1911
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To: Shermy
All these losers have something very in common with Slicko. They all seem to be stuck in permanent "Legacy" mode.
23 posted on 04/03/2003 7:21:17 PM PST by ALS
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To: ALS
These liberal media SOB's are hoping that we forget their treachery and willingness to do to our troops what they did to them in Vietnam, poison Americas morale and destroy its fighting spirit.

They have been thwarted by talk radio, the internet and FNC, and they will never have the same ability to spew their anti-military anti-conservative lies unchallenged again.

We will not forget who they are and what they did.

24 posted on 04/03/2003 7:28:46 PM PST by Rome2000
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To: PJ-Comix
And what about Mr. Arnett? Has he changed his tune too, or is he still sticking with his "coalition's going to lose" story?
25 posted on 04/03/2003 7:35:23 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: PJ-Comix
"The media morons, after almost universally echoing the "Were Losing" bit for about a week have suddenly ditched that ridiculous premise."

You know what's coming next, don't you?

George W. Bush is too dumb to run one country, let alone two. The rebuilding of Iraq is going to be a disaster if the job is left to the warmongering idiots in the Bush administration.

The UN must be assigned this responsibility -- or the whole Middle East will be up in arms and the cause of world peace set back for another generation.

Blah. Blah. Blah. Etc.


26 posted on 04/03/2003 7:46:49 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE.)
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To: Gorzaloon
Live in hope, die in despair. If only he would.
27 posted on 04/03/2003 9:33:24 PM PST by Rollee
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