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Re: [casi] Peter Arnett Dismissed from MSNBC Today

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peter arnett's dismissal...

NBC Severs Ties With Journalist Arnett

March 31, 2003 - NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, saying it was
wrong for him to give an interview with state-run Iraqi TV saying that the
American-led coalition's first war plan had failed because of Iraq's
resistance. Arnett himself called the interview a "misjudgment."

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press Writer NEW YORK -

Arnett, on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, said he was sorry for his statement
but added, "I said over the weekend what we all know about the war."

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"I want to apologize to the American people for clearly making a
misjudgment," Arnett said.

NBC had defended him on Sunday, saying he had given the interview as a
professional courtesy and that his remarks were analytical in nature. But by
Monday morning the network switched course and, after Arnett spoke with NBC
News President Neal Shapiro, said it would no longer work with Arnett.

"It was wrong for Mr. Arnett to grant an interview to state-controlled Iraqi
TV, especially at a time of war," NBC spokeswoman Allison Gollust said. "And
it was wrong for him to discuss his personal observations and opinions in
that interview."

Arnett, who won a Pulitzer Prize reporting in Vietnam for The Associated
Press, garnered much of his prominence from covering the 1991 Gulf War for
CNN. One of the few American television reporters left in Baghdad, his
reports were frequently aired on NBC and its cable sisters, MSNBC and CNBC.

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