Fired for telling the truth
02-12-2010VETERAN JOURNALIST Peter Arnett was fired by NBC News for the "crime" of telling the truth in an interview on Iraqi television. "It was wrong for Mr. Arnett to grant an interview with state-controlled Iraqi TV," NBC said in a statement. This from an American TV network that might as well be state-controlled--to judge from its cheerleading of the U.S. war on Iraq.
"I said in that interview essentially what we all know about the war--that there have been delays in implementing policy, there have been surprises," Arnett said on NBC's Today show. Arnett went on to apologize anyway. But that wasn't good enough for the bosses at NBC--or the other media blowhards, like the right-wing fanatics at Fox News, who smeared Arnett for "celebrating" a U.S. "war failure."
This isn't the first time that Arnett got the boot. After gaining renown for his live reports for CNN from Baghdad during the 1991 Gulf War, Arnett was fired after the Pentagon complained about a documentary that accused the U.S. of using sarin gas during the Vietnam War.