Skip to comments.Larry King Live Transcript:Christiane Amanpour,War slut,and Peter Arnett
Posted on 01/31/2006 3:15:17 AM PST by baystaterebel
LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Tonight, ABC News anchorman Bob Woodruff and his cameraman seriously wounded yesterday by a roadside bomb in Iraq. We'll get the latest on their condition. Plus, disturbing new video of kidnapped journalist Jill Carroll in tears shown on Al-Jazeera TV.
With us friends and colleagues of Bob Woodruff and Jill Carroll, including ABC News White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz, CBS Evening News interim anchor Bob Schieffer, CBS News and "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan, she's reported extensive from Iraq and Afghanistan; CNN's Christiane Amanpour, most recently in Iraq last month; veteran war correspondent Peter Arnett and more.
They're all next on LARRY KING LIVE.
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UnFair & UnBalanced. We Report, We Decide.
As a child, Christiane Amanpour would march around and loudly declaim, "I want to be a War Slut when I grow up." The young dear lived her dream.
Download and watch the video (.wmv file). 9.2MB. Large file, but worth it.
You'll love these snippets from the cable news network that admitted suppressing news of atrocities in Iraq in exchange for access from Saddam Hussein to Baghdad. It's CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour shedding whatever thin mask of objectivity she has worn and riding on her high horse about the need for "independent" war reporting--as she delivers a made-for-moonbats diatribe on Larry King Live about the "disaster" and "spiraling security disaster" that the Iraq war has become. Also spiced with self-congratulatory oratory about journalists such as herself who are sacrificing so much to bring the world the "truth."
Hat tip: Drudge
AMANPOUR: If we don't do it, who does it? We have had, uh, we have to have an independent eye on these conflicts. The war in Iraq has basically turned out to be a disaster. And journalists have paid for it, uh, paid for the privilege for witnessing and reporting that. And so have many, many other people who have been there. And I think that's terribly, terribly difficult for us. And unfortunately, for some reason which I can't fathom, the kind of awful thing that's going on there now on a daily basis has almost become humdrum. So when something happens to people that we identify, like Bob and like Doug, we wake up again and realize, no, this is not acceptable, what's going on there. And it's a terrible situation.
KING: Well said.
AMANPOUR: [Trashes reconstruction efforts] ...Most of the Iraqi people are losing hope that the promised reconstruction is going to happen and that the quality of their lives is going to increase. This is a big drama, because hope is the only thing they have in the middle of this spiraling security disaster. And by any indication, whether you take the number of journalists killed or wounded, whether you take the number of American soldiers killed or wounded, whether you take the number of Iraqi soldiers killed or wounded, uh, contractors, people working there, it just gets worse and worse.
Well, we're there to report what's actually going on. And we pay a heavy price for trying to get to the truth and the truth is what our business is all about. And that's why we're out there despite the enormous, enormous personal costs to us, to our families, to our networks.
I am sure milbloggers, among others, will have a lot to say about this.
"I am sorry about what happened, but why does a reporter get 100 times the media coverage of his injuries when we have our brave troops being wounded almost every day, and the media does not go off like this?"
I don't know about her politics, but Lara Logan is HOT!!
" ... The war in Iraq has basically turned out to be a disaster and journalists have paid for it, paid for the privilege of witnessing and reporting that and so have many, many other people who have been there.
And I think that's terribly, terribly difficult for us and unfortunately for some reason, which I can't fathom, the kind of awful thing that's going on there now on a daily basis has almost become humdrum. So, when something happens to people that we identify, like Bob and like Doug, we wake up again and realize that, no, this is not acceptable what's going on there and it's a terrible situation.
LARRY KING: Well said."
Peter Arnett, Christiane Amanpour, and Larry King.
Talk about "headliners" that would sell tickets for a turkey shoot!
Ready on the left! ... Ready on the right! ... All ready on the firing line!
When I saw there was breaking news on ABC on Sunday I thought something big had happened. Then to find out Bob Woodruff and his cameraman were injured I was a bit incredulous.
Soldiers get wounded and killed, and its not treated as breaking news. This just continues to show the double standard that the media is bogged down in.
There are none so important as they themselves. MSNBC actually had coverage this morning of the two being transferred to a plane for the flight back to the states. It probably wasn't the point MSNBC wanted to make, but what impressed me was the professionalism of our soldiers caring for these two.
It's all about the media, they are the stars of the show and we little people don't get it.
Oh, man, sorry I missed that one! What was their response?
Is CNN actually ressurecting Peter Arnett?
Yes, while channel surfing last night, I saw Mrs. Jamie Rubin proclaim that the Iraq war was "disasterous"...just another unbiased reporter for CNN giving us the news.
To the media, when soldiers are wounded or killed it's not breaking news, it's good news.
Link to CNN comment on Amanpour.
Thank you so much for that handy dandy link! Email sent....and I feel a bit better now.
Peter Arnett. I remember he was fired from NBC and went to work for a tabloid in Great Britain. He must have a problem restraining himself from cheering every time a US soldier is killed.
"veteran war correspondent Peter Arnett" >>>> Can we sorten that to just plain--- LIAR?
They said that Woodruff was a "big star" and it was news. I also watched the Abrams report on MSNBC and he dealt with this question as well. He was more honest about it.
He told the audience the question "was a very fair one, and you may not like the answer." The answer was that because he was a "media star" the MSM covered his being wounded with the same amount of saturation coverage they give to big stories that affect the entire nation. OK, I can live with his honesty at least.
Only FOX News was more candid, saying that Woodruff is relatively unknown to most of the public. He has only recently filled Peter Jennings anchor position, and moreover, who watches TV network news anymore?
My reaction, and the reaction of scores of people I work with and know, was the same: "Who the heck is Bob Woodruff?"
Prayers to Woodruff's recovery, as well as to our soldiers who are wounded every week, and get almost no attention other than to be used as a statistic for what a failure they are in Iraq.
Is there no mercy, have you no compassion?
On the topic, however, these left wing lackeys only care about ratings, and their own butts.
They signed up for this imbedded reporter deal, and if they didn't know the risks then, they should have kept their a$$es in the house.
And off-topic a bit, but still talking Iraq and wounded, did anyone hear Rush talking about the report that new advances in battlefield medical technology were concealing the "true toll" of the war?
Guys that would have died from the same injuries 20 years ago, are now surviving and some dofus wrote it up like it was a bad thing.
The left wing media will twist anything to make themselves out to be superior to us ignorant peasants.