31 January, 2006

More Dreck from the Press

Speaking on Larry King Live, veteran CNN Reporter Christiane Amanpour manages to top ABC News President Westin's comments on reporters and Iraq:

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.

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.

...Most of the Iraqi people are now 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 spiralling 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 and wounded, contractors, people working there, it just gets worse and worse.
There is so much wrong with those three paragraphs that I don't know where to start. I'll just say that she obviously doesn't know what she's talking about vis-a-vis Iraq's security situation, or Iraqi optimism. And then there's the incredibly self-absorbed focus of that second paragraph. Seriously, reading that has given me nausea.