John Connly Walsh reports from Baghdad today that the Associated Press was notified ahead of time of the car and truck bombins near press—occupied hotels yesterday.
"The AP and others were notified ahead of time so that they could focus their cameras on the event and record it for history." And to save their own necks, of course.
" Given the front row seats the media occupied for this latest terrorist extravaganza, the TV footage was on the air instantaneously. Anyone who witnessed the explosions seen on TV will have to admit the terrorists did put on quite a show. ... Casualty reports were slow to filter out but, as I write, the number of dead is reported to be 10."
In the United States, failing to report a conspiracy to murder is a crime. Will AP and the other media be prosecuted in Iraq? After all, they deserve a seat right next to Saddam Hussein in an Iraqi courtroom. The Western press, notably CNN, were his biggest supporters. And while the Baath terror party was tossed out of power, the press has not changed a bit.