Walter Cronkite Remembered

Former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite died at the age of 92 last night.  The New York Times obituary states, “From 1962 to 1981, Mr. Cronkite was a nightly presence in American homes and always a reassuring one, guiding viewers through national triumphs and tragedies alike, from moonwalks to war, in an era when network news was central to many people’s lives.”  For almost two exciting and turbulent decades during the 1960s and 1970s he helped inform our nation, and bring us together.  In so doing, he transcended his field to become the most trusted man in America.

Cronkite Remembered: The Life and Career of Walter Cronkite

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Obama Arrives in Iraq after Talks with Afghan President

Barack Obama Meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

On Sunday, the second day of Barack Obama’s high-profile foreign trip, Obama met with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at his palace in the Afghan capital. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged steadfast aid to Afghanistan in talks with its Western-backed leader Sunday and vowed to pursue the war on terror “with vigor” if he is elected, an Afghan official said.

Mr. Obama also received support from an unexpected corner. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki told a German magazine that he endorsed the Obama plan to withdraw most American troops in a gradual timeline of 16 months. The following is a direct translation from the Arabic of Mr. Maliki’s comments by The International Tribune: “Obama’s remarks that, if he takes office, in 16 months he would withdraw the forces, we think that this period could increase or decrease a little, but that it could be suitable to end the presence of the forces in Iraq.”

In addition, Senator Obama gave his first overseas interview. Obama told CBS News’ reporter Lara Logan that the situation in Afghanistan is “precarious and urgent.” With violence rising from the resurgent Taliban, Obama stated that two or three more troop brigades need to be moved into the country. Obama also declared his belief that Afghanistan needs to be the “central focus, the central front on the battle against terrorism.”

Television Interview with Obama in Afghanistan

Obama Arrives in Iraq to meet with the Iraqi Prime Minister

A U.S. Embassy official has confirmed Barack Obama’s arrival in Iraq, where he has met with U.S. commanders and troops in a war he has long opposed. On Monday morning, the Democratic presidential contender met with Gen. David Petraeus, as well as with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Obama in Iraq: Meets with Iraqi Prime Minister

Obama Meets with Maliki in Iraq

You can read my earlier report on the first two days of Obama’s world trip here.

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New Scathing Report Claims Hillary’s Bosnia Lies Go Much Deeper

Christopher Hitchens has published a momentous, scathing account of Hillary Clinton’s deceitful story about her 1996 trip to Bosnia. It goes much deeper than just her lying about the visit. Hitchens reveals that in 1992, Bill Clinton had promised to fight against the genocide that was occurring in Bosnia. Hitchens then asks, “What had happened to the 1992 promise, four years earlier, that genocide in Bosnia would be opposed by a Clinton administration?” It was never kept. Further, according to Hitchens, “The key factor in Bill’s policy reversal was Hillary, who was said to have ‘deep misgivings’ and viewed the situation as ‘a Vietnam that would compromise health-care reform.’ The United States took no further action in Bosnia, and the ethnic cleansing by the Serbs was to continue for four more years, resulting in the deaths of more than 250,000 people.” Hitchens concludes his commentary with these searing comments:

“It’s hardly necessary for me to point out that the United States did not receive national health care in return for its acquiescence in the murder of tens of thousands of European civilians. But perhaps that is the least of it. Were I to be asked if Sen. Clinton has ever lost any sleep over those heaps of casualties, I have the distinct feeling that I could guess the answer. She has no tears for anyone but herself. In the end, and over her strenuous objections, the United States and its allies did rescue our honor and did put an end to Slobodan Milosevic and his state-supported terrorism. Yet instead of preserving a polite reticence about this, or at least an appropriate reserve, Sen. Clinton now has the obscene urge to claim the raped and slaughtered people of Bosnia as if their misery and death were somehow to be credited to her account! Words begin to fail one at this point. Is there no such thing as shame? Is there no decency at last? Let the memory of the truth, and the exposure of the lie, at least make us resolve that no Clinton ever sees the inside of the White House again.”

I Misremembered, Misspoke, Exaggerated or Whatever

Christopher Hitchens’ new report on the shameful deeper truth about Hillary Clinton, revealing the Clintons’ failure to fight against the genocide in Bosnia, is also noted today by Andrew Sullivan in The Atlantic Magazine, in Daily Kos and The Mirror (UK).

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I Just Misspoked: Hillary and the Misuses of Enchantment

Hillary Gives a Double Bisou to a Bosnian Girl in the Midst of Savage Sniper Fire

A Heroic Emergency International Mission

Many years ago, way back in 1996, Hillary Clinton and her elite team of Justice League Superheroes (Chelsea, Sheryl Crow and America’s Super Comedian, Sinbad) embarked upon a super-dangerous international emergency mission, to be airlifted into Bosnia to save our troops from enemy sniper fire. Hillary often has recounted that harrowing experience during her campaign as just one of many events that attest to her exceptional level of global experience with wars and troops. In her commentaries about her diplomatic work abroad, Hillary divulges that she was sent on missions to places that her husband, President Clinton, could not go because they were absolutely “too dangerous.”

In a speech that she gave at Georgetown University on March 17, 2008, Hillary felt compelled to up the ante by adding some juicy new hair-raising details about her trip to Bosnia, “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

The Heroic Mission Unravels: Hillary’s Bosnia Whopper

But then Sinbad had to go and ruin all of Hillary’s fun. He started telling people in the media that they really just flew there in an airplane to do a fun “meet and greet” with the American troops who were stationed there as peace keepers at the time, and nobody was ever, ever in any danger of any kind. “What kind of president would say, ‘Hey, man, I can’t go ’cause I might get shot so I’m going to send my wife…oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'” He added, “I think the only ‘red-phone’ moment was: ‘Do we eat here or at the next place.'”

At that point, news reporters really began looking into what really occurred during Hillary’s journey to Bosnia. And what they’ve discovered isn’t very pretty. When you tell the American voters that you faced snipers and gunfire at the airport, and it turns out all you really faced was a little girl with flowers…well, that’s as bad as it gets. When you dramatically say that you went on a mission that was too dangerous for the president, only to have it revealed that he made the same trip two months earlier (and that your teenaged daughter was by your side) that only makes it worse.

Then Monday night, March 24, 2008, CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who with a CBS News crew accompanied Hillary on that Bosnia trip, revealed a more accurate picture of what the trip was like. Attkisson reported that there were no gunshots or sniper fire at the airport, and there was no sniper fire either when Clinton visited two army outposts, where she posed for photos. And no sniper fire back at the base, where she sang in a USO show starring Sinbad and Sheryl Crowe.

Asked about the issue during a meeting with the Philadelphia Daily News‘ editorial board on Monday, Clinton said she “misspoke.”

I Misremembered, Misspoke, Exaggerated or Whatever

Oh Sinbad, be Quiet. You’re Just a Joker.

Meanwhile, Obama Has Secretly Embarked Upon His Own Global Mission

Obama Embarks Upon New Global Mission

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My Articles for Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Clinton campaign’s way of dealing with complaints that Hillary looks too cunning is to toss in a bit of personality. This is worse: now she’s laughing like an alarm clock buzzer. “The Daily Show” pictured a voice inside her head saying, “Humorous remark detected, prepare for laughter display.”

Photographs and a video are included.

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“Paris Hilton’s Many Talents: Film Star, Recording Artist, Entrepreneur and Ex-Con.” David Letterman grilled Paris Hilton mercilessly on his television show last week. Letterman’s “jail interrogation” made Paris squirm and squirm!! Poor thing. It’s very funny to watch!

Photograph and video are included.

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CBS News Journalist Ed Bradley Dead At 65

ED BRADLEY (1941-2006)

CBS TELEVISION SPECIAL VIDEO REPORT: BRADLEY DEAD AT 65

SPECIAL CBS VIDEO COMPILATION: SOME OF ED BRADLEY’S PIVOTAL INTERVIEWS

PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY: IMAGES FROM THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ED BRADLEY

As reported today by CBS Television:

Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley died of leukemia this morning. He joined the staff of the venerable news magazine 26 years ago.

Bradley’s consummate skills as a broadcast journalist and his distinctive body of work were recognized with numerous awards, including 19 Emmys, the latest for a segment that reported the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till.

He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists.  Three of his Emmys came at the 2003 awards: a Lifetime Achievement Emmy; one for a 60 Minutes report on brain cancer patients, “A New Lease on Life” (April 2002); and another for his hour on 60 Minutes II about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, “The Catholic Church on Trial” (June 2002).

Bradley’s 60 Minutes interview with condemned Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh (March 2000) was the only television interview ever given by the man guilty of one of the worst terrorist acts on American soil; it also earned Bradley an Emmy.

His reporting on the worst school shooting in American history, “Columbine” (April 2001), revealed on 60 Minutes II that authorities ignored telling evidence with which they might have prevented the massacre.

Other hourlong reports by Bradley have prompted praise and action: “Death by Denial” (June 2000) won a Peabody Award for focusing on the plight of Africans dying of AIDS and helped convince drug companies to donate and discount AIDS drugs; “Unsafe Haven” (April 1999) spurred federal investigations into the nation’s largest chain of psychiatric hospitals; and “Town Under Siege” (December 1997), about a small town battling toxic waste, was named one of the Ten Best Television Programs of 1997 by Time magazine.

Bradley’s significant contribution to electronic journalism was also recognized by the Radio/Television News Directors Association when it named him its Paul White Award winner for 2000.  He joined other distinguished journalists, such as Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite and Peter Jennings, as a Paul White recipient.

More recently, the Denver Press Club awarded him its 2003 Damon Runyon Award for career journalistic excellence.  Another prestigious honor received by Bradley is the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards grand prize and television first prize for “CBS Reports: In the Killing Fields of America” (January 1995), a documentary about violence in America, for which he was co-anchor and reporter.

His work on 60 Minutes has gained much recognition, including a George Foster Peabody Award for “Big Man, Big Voice” (November 1997), the uplifting story of a German singer who became successful despite birth defects.  In 1995, he won his 11th Emmy Award for a 60 Minutes segment on the cruel effects of nuclear testing in the town of Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, a report that also won him an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in 1994.

Also in 1994, he was honored with an Overseas Press Club Award for two 60 Minutes reports that took viewers inside sensitive military installations in Russia and the United States.  In 1985, he received an Emmy Award for “Schizophrenia,” a 60 Minutes report on that misunderstood brain disorder.

In 1983, two of Bradley’s reports for 60 Minutes won Emmy Awards: “In the Belly of the Beast,” an interview with Jack Henry Abbott, a convicted murderer and author, and “Lena,” a profile of singer Lena Horne.  He received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton and a 1991 Emmy Award for his 60 Minutes report “Made in China,” a look at Chinese forced-labor camps, and another Emmy for “Caitlin’s Story” (November 1992), an examination of the controversy between the parents of a deaf child and a deaf association.

In addition to “In the Killing Fields,” his work for “CBS Reports” has included: “Enter the Jury Room” (April 1997), an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winner that revealed the jury deliberation process for the first time in front of network cameras; “The Boat People” (January 1979), which won duPont, Emmy and Overseas Press Club Awards; “The Boston Goes to China” (April 1979), a report on the historic visit to China by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which won Emmy, Peabody and Ohio State Awards, and “Blacks in America: With All Deliberate Speed?” (July 1979), which won Emmy and duPont Awards.

Bradley’s coverage of the plight of Cambodian refugees, broadcast on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and CBS News Sunday Morning, won a George Polk Award in journalism.

He also received a duPont citation for a segment on the Cambodian situation broadcast on CBS News’ “Magazine” series.  He covered the presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter during Campaign ‘76, served as a floor correspondent for CBS News’ coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from 1976 through 1996, and has participated in CBS News’ election-night coverage.

Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Bradley was a principal correspondent for “CBS Reports” (1978-81), after serving as CBS News’ White House correspondent (1976-78).  He was also anchor of the “CBS Sunday Night News” (November 1976-May 1981) and of the CBS News magazine “Street Stories” (January 1992-August 1993).

Bradley joined CBS News as a stringer in its Paris bureau in September 1971.  A year later, he was transferred to the Saigon bureau, where he remained until he was assigned to the CBS News Washington bureau in June 1974.  He was named a CBS News correspondent in April 1973 and, shortly thereafter, was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia.  In March 1975, he volunteered to return to Indochina and covered the fall of Cambodia and Vietnam.

Prior to joining CBS News, he was a reporter for WCBS Radio, the CBS Owned station in New York (August 1967-July 1971).  He had previously been a reporter for WDAS Radio Philadelphia (1963-67).

Bradley was born on June 22, 1941, in Philadelphia and graduated from Cheyney State College (PA) in 1964 with a B.S. in education.

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