August 11, 2005


Peter Jennings' Unfortunate Legacy (Debbie Schlussel, August 11, 2005,

From the beginning of Jennings' career until his death, his biased coverage went beyond the pale, bending over backward in "understanding" the terrorists who hate us -- from seeing "their side" when he covered the seige and then murder of innocent Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics to honoring an al-Qaeda operative with a prized "commentator" spot during Jennings coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

Throughout Jennings' coverage of the attacks, he frequently featured a man named Tariq Hamdi (whose commentary urged understanding for the radical Muslim world), identifying Hamdi only as "journalist" on the chyron.

But, in fact, Jennings' friend Hamdi was no journalist at all. As I've written, Hamdi was an accused Bin Laden associate and employed by Sami al-Arian, the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the United States.

All you really needed to know about Mr. Jennings was that he was seduced by the feminine wiles of Hanan Ashrawi.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2005 10:25 AM

She's no Maggie Thatcher.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 11, 2005 10:47 AM

More like Helen Thomas.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 11, 2005 11:14 AM

If I remember correctly, St. Peter ridiculed the leap to accuse bin Laden two or three times during his commentary on 9/11.

Posted by: Genecis at August 13, 2005 12:13 AM
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