April 01, 2007

Michael Ware's CNN Career: Dead, and Loving It

A few days back in the comments at Hot Air I somewhat defended CNN's Michael Ware.

I can't defend this:

During a live press conference in Bagdad [sic], Senators McCain and Graham were heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware. An official at the press conference called Ware’s conduct "outrageous," saying, "here you have two United States Senators in Bagdad giving first-hand reports while Ware is laughing and mocking their comments. I've never witnessed such disrespect. This guy is an activist not a reporter."

Senators McCain and Graham flew into Iraq and drove into Bagdad, making stops at an open market and a joint Iraq/American military security outpost before appearing at the press conference.

This is not the first time Michael Ware has taken issue with Senator McCain's comments about early progress in Iraq. Last week, after Senator McCain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he needed to catch up on the news coming out of Iraq, Michael Ware responded, saying:

“I don't know what part of Neverland Senator McCain is talking about when he says we can go strolling in Baghdad.”

Michael Ware has also publicly expressed his views on the war last year in an interview with Bill Maher, saying, "I've been given a front-row ticket to watch this slow-motion train wreck... I try to stay as drunk for as long as possible while I'm here … In fact, I'm drinking now."

I'll be somewhat surprised if Ware receives anything more than a slap on the wrist for his actions. Ware isn't any more of an activist than reporters from other news organizations in Iraq. At least he didn't stoop to hiding his agenda behind imaginary police captains.

Update: Hmmm... I'm starting to wonder if Drudge got "April Fooled."

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 1, 2007 05:17 PM

How do you know if this is even true? You're just going to take Drudge's word for it? All you wingnuts are the same!

Posted by: Kougar at April 1, 2007 05:34 PM

Agreed, where's the video/audio to back this up?

Posted by: NE at April 1, 2007 05:50 PM

So the guy spends most of his time in a bar in the Green zone. We are supposed to be impressed with his journalistic accumen? I don't think so. You can just imagine the sight: a bunch of drunks propping each other up literally)in a smoky room, trading rummors and speculation until it all seems very real, daily fed back hardhitting analysis to the newsroom. What a bunch of poseurs.

Posted by: garrett at April 1, 2007 05:56 PM

Please Kougar, hold your breath until CNN reports it. Please.

Posted by: Specter at April 1, 2007 08:28 PM

I can easily believe Ware dissed McCain. Regardless his possible bad attitude he isn't the guy that bogged down the most powerful military in history in a fight with a pack of ramshackled ragheads.

Take a look at Ware's report from Ramadi last September

Does anyone doubt the truth of his report that the commanders off the record wanted 3X the troop numbers Bush allowed?

Ware ends the report on Ramadi, "So this is where American Marines and soldiers go face to face every day with the very organization that attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and yet it seems that they're being forced to do so under-resourced and with one arm tied behind -- behind their back."

He nailed it.

Only some Kool-Aid drinking GOP true believer could still believe that Bush hasn't Screwed the Pooch in Iraq. That "Political Capitol" he bragged about in '04 should have powered The Surge but he, more than anyone else in the USA, is in denial about the seriousness of the fight before us.

I totally understand Mr. Ware. When I think of how much I liked GW, of the money I sent him over the years and of how bad he's screwed up I head straight to the liquor cabinet too.


Posted by: Richard L. at April 1, 2007 09:03 PM

McCain brought 100 soldiers, three Blackhawk helicopters, two Apache gunships, and a bulletproof vest for his stroll through Baghdad. Ware was absolutely right to call him out. He's a hypocrite.

Posted by: Lex Steele at April 1, 2007 10:41 PM

So you must have been ecstatic when Ware turned over the sniper-killing-Americans video to his bosses who then published it? Such support of our troops. And how is it that Ware has such contacts that he got that video? Hmmmmm? No - he's not "connected" to the terror factions in any way. Great job Lex. Keep it up....

Posted by: Specter at April 2, 2007 08:29 AM

Yep - this is the guy who is your hero:

MICHAEL WARE: Absolutely.

I've been tracking the insurgency for over a year now.

I've been joining their groups, visiting then in their safe houses, their villages, I've been travelling with them, I've seen their weapons caches, I've been trying to keep as close tabs as possible over the last 12 months.

From an interview with Traitor Ware here.

Posted by: Specter at April 2, 2007 08:33 AM

Funny how an April Fools joke reveals the inner-workings of the right-wing echo machine, to which this esteemed blog belongs.

Posted by: Pennypacker at April 2, 2007 05:14 PM

Sad but not surprising. The United States needs an independent MSM free from the brainwashed left.

Posted by: Mike E at April 2, 2007 05:24 PM

here's the video/audio to back this up?

Jamil Hussein has the tapes.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at April 2, 2007 05:33 PM