Adios Peter Arnett


March 31, 2003, 08:55 AM,2933,82656,00.html

NBC Severs Ties With Journalist Peter Arnett

Monday, March 31, 2003

NEW YORK — NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, saying it was wrong for him to give an interview with state-run Iraqi TV saying that the American-led coalition's first war plan had failed because of Iraq's resistance. Arnett himself called the interview a "misjudgment."

Arnett, on NBC's Today show on Monday, said he was sorry for his statement but added, "I said over the weekend what we all know about the war."

"I want to apologize to the American people for clearly making a misjudgment," Arnett said.

NBC had defended him on Sunday, saying he had given the interview as a professional courtesy and that his remarks were analytical in nature. But by Monday morning the network switched course and, after Arnett spoke with NBC News President Neal Shapiro, said it would no longer work with Arnett.

"It was wrong for Mr. Arnett to grant an interview to state-controlled Iraqi TV, especially at a time of war," NBC spokeswoman Allison Gollust said. "And it was wrong for him to discuss his personal observations and opinions in that interview."

Arnett, who won a Pulitzer Prize reporting in Vietnam for The Associated Press, garnered much of his prominence from covering the 1991 Gulf War for CNN. One of the few American television reporters left in Baghdad, his reports were frequently aired on NBC and its cable sisters, MSNBC and CNBC.

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March 31, 2003, 09:03 AM
ONE media Leftist down, about a bazillion to go......

Myabe Dan Blather of the Commy Boradcast System next...:neener:

March 31, 2003, 09:09 AM
Poor Peter. Wonder if they'll allow him back in the USA now? :rolleyes:

March 31, 2003, 09:22 AM
Geraldo's been booted as well. While pro-military, he got bounced for telling the military objective of his 101st unit on TV.

March 31, 2003, 09:23 AM
What took them so long?
TFL Survivor

Nathaniel Firethorn
March 31, 2003, 09:23 AM
He got a good long exposure on teevee this AM. CBS or NBC, I forget which. When the two of them started hauling wounded vets and their families on the air, I gave up.

Is it Vietnam yet?
Is it Vietnam yet?

- pdmoderator

March 31, 2003, 09:28 AM
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March 31, 2003, 10:41 AM
Arnett should be charged with treason, convicted, then file reports from inside the walls of his new home. :fire:

March 31, 2003, 10:47 AM
Quoting the cowboy in the salsa commercial"get a rope!":fire:

March 31, 2003, 10:50 AM
They should leave him in Baghdad with a GPS suppository. This "man" has been a blight on America for the past 20 plus years.

March 31, 2003, 11:15 AM

The State Dept should pull his pasport and leave his sorry@$$ there. I'm sure the Iraqi Information Minsitry will give him a gig, and perhaps the USAF/Navy can't give him a bomb!

March 31, 2003, 12:17 PM
National Geographic Statement Regarding Peter Arnett; National Geographic fires Peter Arnett

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 31, 2003--National Geographic has terminated the service of Peter Arnett.

The Society did not authorize or have any prior knowledge of Arnett's television interview with Iraqi television, and had we been consulted, would not have allowed it. His decision to grant an interview and express his personal views on state controlled Iraqi television, especially during a time of war, was a serious error in judgment and wrong.

March 31, 2003, 12:55 PM
Cya, Pete!

(you wanker)


Master Blaster
March 31, 2003, 01:40 PM
Hey Sneaky Pete say:

You want fries with that!!!!

Nahh the French will give him a job reporting live from Bagdad.


March 31, 2003, 01:58 PM
Yeah, let him move to France. He'd fit right in!! :fire:

March 31, 2003, 03:08 PM
Let him walk his sorry butt out of Iraq! :cuss:

March 31, 2003, 03:13 PM
Let him walk his sorry butt out of Iraq! I'd be willing to give him an airlift half way out of Iraq -- on a non-stop flight.... :rolleyes:

Double Maduro
March 31, 2003, 03:43 PM
For more years than I care to remember I have been saying that this man is a traitor and should be hung.

Glad he finally went to far to hang on to his job.

March 31, 2003, 04:40 PM
This made my day.

I did see Geraldo still in the field. He says he has not been kicked out of Iraq for giving away troop positions:confused:

March 31, 2003, 09:40 PM
Petie got picked up by the Brit's Daily Mirror, then took that half hearted (I want to keep my job) apology back. His first article for the Mirror included something about "He was being honest" or some such nonsense.:banghead:

CZ 75 BD
March 31, 2003, 09:49 PM
That gasbag Arnett is out, big head Geraldo is still in. The stories of his expulsion are premature. :) :fire:

Mike Irwin
March 31, 2003, 10:03 PM
Arnett was also saying that he was in "shock and awe" at his firing... :cuss: hole...

March 31, 2003, 11:05 PM
"Shock and Awe" comes right after they slap the bracelets on after he disembarks his flight. :D

April 1, 2003, 12:03 AM
What a piece of crap.:fire:

What is it with people talking bad about us when they're out of the country?

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