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Good morning, Baghdad!
—DAN RATHER, CBS EVENING NEWS ANCHOR, DESCRIBING THE MESSAGE BEING SENT BY PRESIDENT BUSH WITH THE FIRST BOMBS ON BAGHDAD, MARCH 19, 2003
George Bush is the president. . . . Wherever he wants me to line up, just tell me where and he'll make the call.
—DAN RATHER ON LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, SEPTEMBER 17, 2001
One of the things that we don't want to do ... is to destroy the infrastructure of Iraq because in a few days we're going to own that country.
—TOM BROKAW, NBC NIGHTLY NEWS, MARCH 19, 2003
JUST BEFORE THE WAR on Iraq got under way, each of the TV networks had a critical journalistic decision to make: What catchy name should they choose for their special coverage?
The Pentagon had the answer, and MSNBC, NBC, and FOX looked no further: Operation Iraqi Freedom. True, it wasn't the