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Heroes and Dirtbags
Posted By Geoff Metcalf On 06/29/1998 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
To say I have been annoyed, frustrated and p.o.-ed at the
reprehensible, lousy, insulting piece of journalistic excrement that CNN
broadcast on June 7 is a grossly inadequate means of expressing my
I often note that “… some people don’t want to be confused with
facts which contradict their preconceived opinions.” Politicians and
bureaucrats do it all the time. Single issue activists do it routinely.
For bigots and ideologists it is axiomatic. However, when alleged
journalists present such a blatant disinformation piece of whole cloth
propaganda, it is a sadness.
Peter Arnett and April Oliver are contemptible excuses for human
beings … a real waste of skin.
Arnett proved himself an anti-American, prejudiced purveyor of lies
in Vietnam. He willingly gave aid and comfort to Saddam Hussein during
the Gulf War. His reports from Baghdad about the alleged U.S.
destruction of civilian targets were absurd, myopic and dishonest. He
knew that “poor fleeing woman” was an official of Iraq’s propaganda
machine. He knew the signs on the buildings were bogus (in fact they
were written in English for U.S. consumption, Italian for Italy, French
for France, etc.). Arnett has survived a career of disseminating the
gospel according to Peter (Arnett), and has assiduously stepped around
the truth and facts which “contradict his preconceived opinion.”
It is significant that NONE of the main points of “CNN NewsStand” can
hold water. Still CNN struggles to defend the indefensible.
CNN contends deadly Sarin nerve gas was used in Operation Tailwind.
CNN contends an objective of the operation was to kill American
defectors. NOT! Both Admiral Thomas Moorer, who was Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, and Lt. Col. Eugene McCarley, who was
a captain and commander of the Tailwind operation deny telling CNN one
of the objectives was to kill American defectors. Moorer says he never
told CNN Sarin was used. By the way, IF Sarin had been used, the US
troops would have been US fatalities. Even the discredited and maligned
alleged source of the story, Robert Van Buskirk, disputed key points of
what he allegedly told CNN.
It is almost poetic that the Clinton News Network (CNN) would be
dealt a mortal blow by this dirtbag fiction writer Arnett. CNN’s
military adviser, Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, when belatedly alerted to the
content of the Arnett/Oliver story tried to unplug it. He went all the
way to the top, the president of CNN, to plead for a retraction. He
failed … kinda. He subsequently resigned in disgust in the hope his
resignation would aid the cause of truth. Give the general an
“attaboy”/with oak leaf cluster. Reportedly, when the CNN suits told
Smith to shut up or they’d sue, he welcomed the opportunity to see them
in court. Hoorah! While we are acknowledging the good with the bad, Tom
Marzullo, John Plaster, David Hackworth, and Joseph Farah should also
get “attaboys” for courageously rebutting CNN’s bucket of bullfeathers.
Last week I was scheduled to interview Major John Plaster. His op-ed
piece in The New York Times was a visceral joy to read in the wake of
CNN’s perfidy. Plaster was a SOG (Special Operations Group) operative
and on the ground when the “Tailwind” raiders returned (he also wrote an
outstanding book last year, “SOG”). He had to cancel our interview at
the last minute because Secretary of Defense William Cohen requested a
briefing. I hope to get him on the air soon. Col. David Hackworth
(author/warrior/hero/WorldNetDaily columnist) did join me last week to
discuss the essence of this piece. I want to publicly apologize to the
colonel. He offered to challenge Arnett to a duel, and jumped his stuff
and told him to stand in line … I wanted dibs. Hackworth outranks me,
he is older and wiser, and has a monumentally more distinguished career
than me. I respectfully defer to the better man … but still want to be
“Hack” and I both noted something which is conspicuous by its
absence. Where is the righteous indignation of the mainstream media to
CNN’s obvious abuse of journalistic power? Where is ABC, NBC, CBS, et
al? The New York Times (to their credit) published Plaster’s refutation
of the CNN/Time piece. Where is the rest of the mainstream? Here is a
classic competitive opportunity to exploit a fatal weakness of the
competition. Here is an opportunity to defend the integrity of the
industry by disavowing shoddy work. Here is a chance to reclaim that
territorial imperative once owned by the big three. The silence is
deafening. Honorable, courageous men who have epitomized Duty, Honor,
Country have been trashed by a dirtbag with an agenda. A dirtbag not
worthy to scrape the mud and blood from the boots of the men he has
Time magazine is apparently trying to distance itself from the
schlock work of their co-conspirators. A CNN flak, Howard Polskin says
“It’s not surprising that there is some controversy over the facts,
given the nature of the story.” Hey, Howie baby, the facts are not in
dispute — the fiction of Arnett/Oliver/CNN is.
What next? We have investigations up the wazoo: CNN is investigating;
Time magazine is investigating; and the Department of Defense is
Will CNN throw Arnett and Oliver on their swords to protect Teddy’s
Toyland? Will Time magazine shift the blame to the wacky kids at CNN and
disown their validation of the lies? Will Bill Cohen’s Department of
Defense expose the offal of a huge Clinton supporter who has pledged one
billion dollars to the United Nothing? Film at eleven … maybe.
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