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Sep
01
2003

Guest Perspective: Inside the Cable Beast

A journalist recalls an atmosphere of ignorance and bigotry

To mark that momentous day in April when invading U.S. forces captured the Iraqi capital, my boss, second-in-command at a major cable news network, decided to buy his staff lunch. "Pizza and Salad," he announced in an email to the newsroom, while on our air jubilant Iraqis hacked away at a statue of Saddam Hussein. The occasion? "To celebrate the fall of Baghdad." Producers and reporters, tense after weeks of covering an action-packed military cam­paign, were delighted. As the only Arab at my network, and one of the few employees criti­cal of the war, I cringed at the thought of […]