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McCain Admits He Misspoke on Iraq Security; Deggans Goes Toe to Toe with Mr. Media



Mccain60mins In a post earlier this week, I echoed questions other journalists were asking about John McCain's trip to a market in Baghdad which seemed custom-built for the cameras of CBS' 60 Minutes.

Earlier today, the network issued a press release about Sunday's show in which McCain now admits he "misspoke" when talking about security in Iraq -- acknowledging that heavily armed troops and helicopter gunships accompanied him when he visited a market there.

The network is touting their interview with McCain as his first since the market  visit, noting their story also will include the only video camera footage of the event. According to the release, McCain now regrets telling reporter Scott Pelley security had improved in Iraq and holding a press conference claming people could walk around the market neighborhood freely.

“Of course I am going to misspeak and I’ve done it on numerous occasions and I probably will do it in the future,” says McCain.  “I regret that when I divert attention to something I said from my message, but you know, that’s just life,” he tells Pelley, adding, “I’m happy, frankly, with the way I operate, otherwise it would be a lot less fun.”

Mccainiraq He goes on to say that the fact that the military allowed his visit -- fortified by 100 troops, attack helicopters and sharpshooters -- is a sign of progress.

Left out of CBS' release is whether Pelley asked McCain if it was more a sign of how desperate the administration is for public support.

DEGGANS and Mr. Media Go Toe to Toe!

When I grow up, I want to be like Mr. Media, Bob Andelman.Andelman2

A longtime friend and prolific author, Bob has been a great booster and inspiration during my time covering media at the Times. so when he asked me to help him out by siting for an interview to be posted on his revitalized Mr. Media blog, I jumped at the chance.

Now, the interview is up on his blog and available for download as a podcast through iTunes (I always wanted to have something available through iTunes, but I never thought it would be this!)

I have a feeling only a handful of people will be interested in my thoughts about Katie Couric, explicit TV content and Bill O'Reilly. But please feel free to check it out anyways and download the podcast. Two geeks talking about media never sounded so interesting!

NABJ Refuses Imus' Apology

Imus3_2 The National Association of Black Journalists continues to call for the firing of Don Imus, following the broadcaster's apology for calling members of Rutgers University's female basketball team "nappy headed hos" on an April 4 broadcast.

A few quotes from the NABJ release:

""What he said has deeply hurt too many people -- black and white, male and female," said Bryan Monroe, NABJ president. "His so-called apology comes two days after the fact, and it is too little, too late."

Imus has had a history of racial insults on his program, having called award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill of PBS a "cleaning lady" and referring to columnist William Rhoden of the New York Times as "a quota hire."

"As journalists, we firmly believe in the First Amendment and free speech," Monroe added. "But free speech comes with responsibility, and sometimes with consequences. His removal must be that consequence."

Monroe is scheduled to appear on CNN's Paula Zahn Now Monday to discuss the controversy and press the issue of holding Imus accountable.



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