June 24, 2004


Arthur Chrenkoff posts part four of his "good news from Iraq" series. And a recent ABC appointment wins praise from reader Duncan M.:

I'm beginning to almost like the ABC's new Iraq correspondent, Matt Brown.

I'm sure I heard some good news from him the other day, and he doesn't back away from words like terrorist.

He sure doesnít. Maybe thatís because John Tulloh, the man who instructed ABC staff to avoid the accurate description, has apparently announced his retirement.

UPDATE. Also ABC-related: a crew from Lateline interviewed me yesterday for a piece on Michael Moore to air Friday. The lawsuit will probably arrive Monday.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 24, 2004 01:53 AM

Well way to go Matt! Sad that you have to commend people for common sense now. I'd like to meet the people who feel beheading innocents on film is "Freedom Fighting".

Posted by: Dash at June 24, 2004 at 02:31 AM

Look at the heading and look at the way Tony Eastley responds:
Heading: Iraq militants behead South Korean worker Kim Sun-il
Tony: ... gunmen ... militants ...
Matt: ... terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda ...
Tony: ... this group ... ?
Matt: ... this group led by ... most wanted terrorist
Tony: ... kidnappers.
Tony: ... these people.
Matt: ... this group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ...
Tony: ... other violence ...
Matt: ... terrorism ... dreadful ... car bomb ... three-year-old girl ... assassination ... killed ... convoy under attack ...

Can you spot a theme? Matt seems to take this sort of thing a bit *seriously* for an ABC reporter.

Posted by: Joe in Australia at June 24, 2004 at 03:01 AM

Lets just hope that every kid out there that watches those beheadding videos and the ones from the Saddams Torture chambers promises him or her self to fight for truth and grows up to bring change to the ABC

Posted by: JBB at June 24, 2004 at 03:06 AM

Wouldn't it be funny if BUSH is re-elected this year, and FARENHEIT 9/11 wins the "Best Documentary" Academy Award next year?

I would certainly like to hear what Moore would say in his acceptance speech! (Given the film's aim of "bringing down" GW).

Posted by: Richard at June 24, 2004 at 03:54 AM

Bush getting elected is good and it would be better and funnier if "Michael Moore Hates America" won the Oscar instead of Farenheit 9/11 and then see Moore crack on live television.

Posted by: JBB at June 24, 2004 at 05:07 AM

To Mikey, love us:

We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious movie award results that reward a fictitious documentarian. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to the movie theater for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fictition(sic) of Bush going to war for Iraqi oil or fictition(sic) of fake turkeys, we are against your propaganda, Mr. Moore. Shame on you, Mr. Moore, shame on you. And any time you got Christopher Hitchens and Tim Blair against you, your time is up. Thank you very much.

Posted by: c at June 24, 2004 at 05:36 AM

ABC 702am radio news, at 7pm last night, referred to the terrorists who murdered the Korean...

More uncommon truth from the ABC...

Posted by: jafa at June 24, 2004 at 07:11 AM

To those who haven't read it yet..
Read Christopher Hitchens new column on Slate where he tears shreds off Michael Moore's new 'documentary'.


Posted by: camson at June 25, 2004 at 03:48 PM