In an interview with The Post, Moody rejects "the implication that I'm controlling the news coverage," saying of his 1,200 employees: "People are free to call me or message me and say, 'I think you're off base.' Sometimes I take the advice, sometimes I don't."
On Iraq, Moody says his point was that "casualties are part of war" and should not be overplayed. That's a separate issue, he says, from "the political question we debate all the time -- should we be there?
"The insurgents were and are using every possible method they could and can to cause American casualties. Then you have those who say U.S. troops are doing terrible things to these poor Iraqi people. Well, it's a war."
Somebody is controlling the release of information on major networks. How else could this story have been burried:
This one from a recent book by a one-time US ambassador: In 1999, Saddam's information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf approached an official of Niger to talk about expanding trade, an approach the official interpreted as a possible attempt to buy uranium. The author of the book? None other than Joseph Wilson -- the man who accused the Bush administration last year of making up an Iraqi interest in uranium from Africa. Now, it seems, he comes close to confirming that interest. Yet except for a single story in the Washington Post, the media have had virtually nothing to say about Wilson's new account.
Mon Jul 12 2004 6:27 AM
Last week's soundtrack:
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