Posts from March 2003

Geraldo booted? Not booted? We report. You decide.

Geraldo booted? Not booted? We report. You decide.
: I had an item less than an hour ago on my news warlog reporting that Geraldo Rivera was being booted from Iraq for revealing sensitive information on the air.

But Geraldo just appeared — live — on FoxNews with a bunch of Marines in a conquered Ba’ath party HQ 60 miles from Baghdad. Even on the pixelated video, you could see Geraldo’s gigantic grin. Nothing wrong here.

At the end of the report, anchor David Assman asked Geraldo about the rumors.

Geraldo said he’d heard nothing.

“It sounds like some rats at my former network, NBC, are spreading some lies about me,” he said. “They can’t compete fair and square o nthe battlefield, so they try to stab me in the back… MSNBC is such a pathetic cable news network that they’ll do anything they can to get attention.”

Geraldo has been singing the praises of our boys on the front. It’s hard to imagine the sin he’d have to commit to get kicked out.

At the end of the report, he turns to the soldiers and says, “I think these guys are pretty happy to see me.” They say, yes, sir. And Geraldo concludes: “I intend to march into Baghdad right beside them.”

If he can’t get Osama, maybe he’ll get Saddam.

: Update: More late-breaking Geraldo news. Drudge is posting new links every minute. Now Reuters and AFP say that Geraldo is getting the boot.

: On the other hand, there’s Peter Arnett. I finally read the transcript of what he said on Iraqi TV. Dope. He never realized that he was a tool. Arnett was always braver than he was bright. It was kinda sad seeing him practically in tears as he saw his career smouldering like a Ba’ath headquarters, but he did it to himself. Dope.

Cat Stevens’ ninth life

Cat Stevens’ ninth life
: Cat Stevens — aka Yusuf Islam — has returned to the studio to rerecord Peace Train for an album to benefit Iraqi children. Better he should sing than talk:

“Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions of human beings and there is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again,” he said.

“As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution to the dangerous path some world leaders today seem to be taking.”

“Breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions?” His new life gave him neither humility nor eloquence.

Blog lovefest continues

Blog lovefest continues
: New York magazine on blogs and war:

The media keep telling us that the military difference between this Gulf War and the last one is technology. True. But it

Divide and conquer

Divide and conquer
: Nick Denton goes to plan B: divide Iraq and conquer, whenever.

The French Army Knife

frenchknife.jpgThe French Army Knife
: Visual humor, thanks to a German site, IT&W. “I know,” he says, “it’s politically incorrect — but funny.” Politically incorrect for a German (now that’s funny). But it’s not politically incorrect here, my friend.