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Back in the days when I checked on TV my two favorite correspondents were Anne Garrels and Christiane Amanpour. Anne was a correspondent in Moscow in the 1980s and was so successful at reporting that the Soviets threw her out. These days she works for NPR and covers Iraq. Christiane covers wars and disasters. It’s not a major conflict until she show ups, as when she starting reporting from New Orleans after Katrina.

They both win awards, but don’t seem to get the respect they deserve. It’s not that they are always right, but when they make mistakes, they admit it.

I was more than a little annoyed when I read CNN’s coverage of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Their article was titled: Queen knights fatwa author Rushdie. It is true that Salman Rushie was knighted, but Christiane Amanpour was made a Commander of the British Empire and she works for CNN. Where’s the pride of the institution?

These ladies make their employers worth listening to, add credibility to their news gathering, bring in multiple journalism awards and media prizes. Where is the recognition of their worth?

June 16, 2007   4 Comments


Via Bob Geiger’s The Saturday Cartoons, Nick Anderson, editorial cartoonist of the Houston Chronicle, has The Missile Defense Game.

Note, that as a reward for my mis-spent youth, I was actually able to hit things. Your mileage may vary.

June 16, 2007   8 Comments