Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Who Cares About Objectivity?

Not CNN.

Why report things with at least a shred of truth in them when you can do an interview that furthers your leftist agenda? Christiane Amanpour certainly prescribes to this model. And she exhibited it last night on CNN. Partial transcript via Michelle Malkin:

Clip 1:

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.

Clip 2:

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.

Does Amanpour even care about the truth? Apparently not.

There is insurmountable evidence that the Iraq war has not been a failure at all. Let's start with the obvious: the Iraqi people have been freed from the brutal and oppressive rule of a ruthless dictator. Iraq is now a newborn democracy, already boasting an approved constitution and successful elections. The insurgency is dismantling itself. The U.S. is handing over more control to the Iraqi Army every day.

And all of this adds up to a "disaster?"

On the other hand, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise from CNN. They've suppressed the news before, why not do it again?