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FNL Canonizes Negroponte

Reported by Nancy - February 17, 2005 -

This morning (2/17), FNL was all Negroponte, all the time. There was endlessly repeated video of him walking with Bush, shaking hands with Annan. There were multiple interviews & opinion pieces about him & the position for which he's just been nominated, Director of National Intelligence. All the guests were enthusiastic in praising him, & FNL staff of course asked no tough questions. No one mentioned that there had been widespread opposition to his previous appointments by GWBush (as US Ambassador to the UN in 2001 & as US Ambassador to Iraq in 2004). If your only information about Negroponte came from FNL, you'd think he was the best thing since sliced bread.

When I tuned in at 11:00am (all times ET), Brigitte Quinn was in the midst of interviewing Sen Jay Rockfeller (D-WV). This was followed at 11:06am by a report from Wendell Goler, ostensibly about Negroponte's nomination, although Goler showed a clip of Bush announcing the nomination & threw in a lot of extraneous info about what Bush said in the Q&A session that followed the announcement. Then at 11:13am Quinn interviewed Sen Trent Lott (R-MS). At 11:21am Carl Cameron filed a report about Negroponte's nomination. At 11:23am Quinn interviewed Mort Zuckerman (US News & World Report) about Negroponte's nomination. At 11:34am Quinn interviewed Sen Pat Roberts (R-KA) about Negroponte's nomination. After some minor distractions (Iraq election results, a bomb threat on an America West plane), it was back to Negroponte at 11:44am, with David Asman interviewing Rep Chris Cox (R-CA) about Negroponte's nomination. And so on, & so forth.

The only interesting segment in that hour was at 11:53am, when Lisa Bernhard interviewed Eric Idle (Monty Python) about his new book & Broadway play, "Spamalot." But what's that doing on a "hard news" program? Could it be that his new book, "The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America", was just published by Harper Collins (owned by Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp)? Gee, Bernhard didn't mention that connection.

Comments: For a more balanced look at Negroponte, see the entry for him at Wikipedia which include links to areas that further explore his role in the covert funding of the contras & his cover-up of human rights abuses by CIA operatives (euphemism for "death squads") while he was Ambassador to Honduras (Reagan), & his involvement with the CIA helping the Mexican govt fight the Zapatistas while he was Ambassador to Mexico (GHWBush)..

Here's a curious coincidence to ponder: the initials for the Nicaraguan secret police during Negroponte's involvement there: DNI. The post for which he has just been nominated is Director of National Intelligence: DNI.