Video: UPI reporter gets emotional over Iraq; Update: Clip added

posted at 7:40 pm on March 10, 2007 by Allahpundit

A reader in Thailand e-mails to say he caught this on C-SPAN yesterday and remembered our post about her from January 14. That clip got plenty of play at the time from righty blogs simply due to the gawk factor involved in watching a reporter who’s more interested in winning the war than revisiting Bush’s mistakes.

Sometime between then and now, she left for Iraq and traveled around the country. C-SPAN had her on to say what she saw. She dispatches with the basics up front — Mahmudiya looks good, Basra looks like Chicago circa 1920 with dozens of Al Capones battling for supremacy (an awful thought in light of the British drawdown) — but the heart of it begins at 18:00 and runs for about ten minutes. That’s where she addresses troop morale and what the mission is really about on the ground at this point. I won’t spoil it by giving you details. Just set aside the time and watch.

Good stuff too about Walter Reed beginning at 6:00, successes in Anbar from about 7:30 to 11:00, and media (non-)bias at 50:00. All worth it if you have time, but the clip at 18 minutes in is the can’t-miss. Click the image to watch.

Update: If clicking the image doesn’t work for you, go here and look for Pamela Hess. It’s at the top of the page as I write this. Choose the 56 min. program.

Update: Lots of people are having trouble with the link; I think C-SPAN’s server is overwhelmed. I’m going to try to download the video and post the key clip on our own server. Sorry for the hassle.

Update: Okay, here’s the clip.

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Did someone at CSPAN object to the content?

PinkyBigglesworth on March 10, 2007 at 7:46 PM

It comes up in Real Player for me…along with a Windows security warning.

Great stuff! Worth the time.

SouthernGent on March 10, 2007 at 7:51 PM

I’ve seen Pam Hess in DoD press briefings before. She’s smart asks good questions, and is surprisingly objective. Just a good no-nonsense reporter. Haven’t seen this appearance on C-Span yet, but I’m sure it’s worth watching. She usually is, even if she’s not a media superstar.

The Apologist on March 10, 2007 at 7:59 PM

Realplayer sucks.

NPP on March 10, 2007 at 8:19 PM

I added an update with a second link that doesn’t call the player up directly.

Allahpundit on March 10, 2007 at 8:23 PM

The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

Their on to you AP…. don’t look out your window!

PinkyBigglesworth on March 10, 2007 at 8:30 PM

A reader in Thailand e-mails to say he caught this on C-SPAN yesterday and remembered our post about her from January 14.

I must be old because I’ll never get used to things like this:
Someone in Thailand sees something on American TV so he contacts someone in NYC who makes available for me to watch in the midwest.
And I would.
If Realplayer didn’t suck.

billy on March 10, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Both links are virtually unwatchable for me, it stops and re-buffers every 15-20 seconds, I finally gave up after 5 minutes of watching time took 10 minutes or so.

bbz123 on March 10, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Realplayer sucks.

Big Time!

Wade on March 10, 2007 at 8:52 PM

RE: Update number two:

Hopefully CSPAN won’t accuse you of a DOS attack.

Thanks for trying to get the video – I had given up.

NPP on March 10, 2007 at 9:05 PM

The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings.

Moving on to the next post…………..(Thanks for trying AP, HotAir is still the best…..)

PinkyBigglesworth on March 10, 2007 at 10:14 PM

Allah

no good deed goes unpunished

EricPWJohnson on March 10, 2007 at 10:25 PM

Realplayer?!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo…

Reaps on March 10, 2007 at 10:28 PM

Allah, the article above this one is coming up a 401 error.

Connie on March 10, 2007 at 10:29 PM

“RealPlayer encoded videos for your website – reduce your server load by 75%!”

Half the people won’t bother to look at a RealPlayer video, and the software only works half the time anyway, so, 75% reduction.

:)

Merovign on March 10, 2007 at 10:40 PM

Thanks for cutting and transferring to WMV. It was well worth your time. Someone give that woman a Pulitzer.

NPP on March 10, 2007 at 11:01 PM

Pamela Hess (UPI) and Tom Bowman (NPR) interview Ahmed Abureeshah at Camp Fallujah. 9 February. 1st MEF/2nd MEF TOA ceremony.

ON Point’s Andrew Lubin is in the clip too.

Video shot by Eric Bowen.

Ahmed is from Ramadi. His brother is Abdul Sattar.

ganeshpuri89 on March 10, 2007 at 11:02 PM

“Isn’t that the FOX reporter?” Iraqi Surrender Group press conference.

Ever since the Iraq war started, Pam Hess has been on C-Span – in a fair and balanced way.

Years ago, she actually said, “yes we were welcomed as liberators” to an unhappy democratic caller.

You can also see her in defense and pentagon press briefings. She’s also very cute.

Sandy

hotdax on March 10, 2007 at 11:12 PM

Thanks AP.
She reminds me of a reporter that PJ O’Rourke wrote about in Beirut during the 80′s. Some Ivy-leaguer who would get really drunk in a Beirut bar and talk about children’s dismembered bodies. “What do you do.” she’d ask, “collect ‘em, trade ‘em with your friends?”
Anyways
Good job getting this.
You know, with your internets skillz you could make a living doing stuff like this.

billy on March 10, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Honest reporting. Human perspective. Bravo.

Buck Turgidson on March 10, 2007 at 11:34 PM

AP, thank you very much….. sorry to keep bugging you, but I was finally able to watch……..

What to say……..

Pamela Hess, the emotion you expressed in just trying to tell your story is shared by millions. Your courage and seek for truth has raised the bar.

Wolfe Blizter could not wear her dress…..

The “true” story of what is happening in this theater has not been told, and I believe, has been surpressed by a “Political Agenda” in our “Free Press”…….

…. and to think our “Founding Fathers” thought they might work for the common good.

Well, in this case, they were right, …….

Again, can anyone, other than Pamela, reference one (1) positive story, before the “Surge”, that was reported by our “Free Press”????

If so, I missed it……..

Again, thank you Pamela, and thank you AP……..

PinkyBigglesworth on March 10, 2007 at 11:42 PM

I was crying. She is a great storyteller.

Ouabam on March 10, 2007 at 11:48 PM

I wonder how many Dems would watch that and then have the honesty, balls, or compassion to actually reassess their opinion on our involvement in Iraq.

The Democratic Party of previous generations would have championed this effort. Holy crap how that party has fallen into complete and total disrepute.

Metro on March 11, 2007 at 12:10 AM

Watching this makes me hate the Left and their selfisness just that much more. What a small-minded group they are.

Scotsman on March 11, 2007 at 12:15 AM

Thank you for posting this. Really helpful and refreshing.

Drum on March 11, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Wonderful stuff; thanks for providing the clip.

The Democratic Party of previous generations would have championed this effort. Holy crap how that party has fallen into complete and total disrepute.

Yes, and they don’t care one whit about the Iraqi people. That’s why not one of them, in all these resolutions, has indicated that they have given one tiny scrap of thought about happens to the Iraqi people if we leave before we accomplish our mission. There is that “inhuman” thing again. As it came up on the GW Swindle thread, courtesy of the disenchanted co-founder of Greenpeace, these types also could give a rats patoot about the fate of the poor in the developing world. What is there about narcissisim that they leads to being inhuman? I can’t draw that line (maybe someone wiser on this blog can), but everything I’ve been seeing tells me it’s there.

smellthecoffee on March 11, 2007 at 1:00 AM

I hope somebody is letting her know how welcome her obvious emotional attachment to this story is. It no shame and not “unprofessional” to be human.

TBinSTL on March 11, 2007 at 1:07 AM

Smart IS sexy.
So compelling was Ms. Hess’s testimony that I persevered through the the stops for buffering every minute and a half.
Is it really a Real Player problem or perhaps something to do with the servers? I’ve watched a number of C-SPAN offerings without this happening to me.
Now to go read some of her articles.
P.S. What does C-SPAN do when they are sandbagged by callers purporting to be Republicans but clearly are not. It happened at least twice during the Hess interview. Anyone know?

thegreatbeast on March 11, 2007 at 1:07 AM

It is nice to see an actual report with a nonbiased perspective on Iraq rather than the sit in the Green Zone and bash Bush reporting that is currently shown on the MSM. And to think that I probably would not have seen this if it had not been for a person in Thailand. Ah, the irony of it all.

dawgyear on March 11, 2007 at 1:16 AM

Yeah…I feel her. Last summer I was in FOB Loyalty when some asshole blew up a watermelon truck in Sadr City. The amount of senseless violence is numbing. The Bde TOC had a dry erase board on the wall besides the large screen monitors. Every reported serious incident was written on that board. More than the SAF, more than the incoming, that board made it real. The number of dead and wounded, tracked thru the day made it real. The knowledge that the senseless violence was taking the lives of the helpless and that American soldiers stood at the wall taking justice to the barbarians. That is the real side of this war. I made it a point every time I entered the TOC to read that board. I still weep when I think about it.

rarbolay on March 11, 2007 at 2:15 AM

Unprofessional, but in a good way. Poor thing. It’s responses like that which make me proudest of our military, our nation, and yes, even our journalists.

Proof positive that a few of our journalists both understand the situation, and truly care.

Kevin M on March 11, 2007 at 2:26 AM

Excellent video ! Thanks for getting it to us Allah. This lady is super smart, articulate and has a level of sincerity concerning Iraq that I’ve not seen from any other reporter. I hope we see a whole lot more of her in the future.

I had missed the post about her back on 14 January and I just finished watching that one too. In it she said the most profound thing I have heard from any reporter concerning Iraq so far. She raised the point of what happens if/when we lose this war?

That’s a real good question and I think our politicians should answer it.

If a year from now our troops have withdrawn from Iraq and one of our cities gets evaporated by a nuclear device carried in by a terrorist…. then what’s the plan? Who do we attack then?

Maxx on March 11, 2007 at 2:57 AM

She used the ‘E’ word.

- The Cat

MirCat on March 11, 2007 at 6:57 AM

I like her description: Iraq is like LA would be if there were no LAPD and the Crips and Bloods were trying to take over.

georgej on March 11, 2007 at 7:16 AM

BTW, the democratically elected prime minister of Iraq has said that US troops can go home in June of this year. And most Iraqis want US troops to leave ASAP. Americans should heed the will of the Iraqi people and do exactly that.

Ms. Hess is noble, but she is seeing this too up close. We have to use our heads and look at the big picture. The Iraqis must defend themselves by themselves. In the long run it will be better.

Gaijin51 on March 11, 2007 at 7:45 AM

Yes, and they don’t care one whit about the Iraqi people. That’s why not one of them, in all these resolutions, has indicated that they have given one tiny scrap of thought about happens to the Iraqi people if we leave before we accomplish our mission. There is that “inhuman” thing again. As it came up on the GW Swindle thread, courtesy of the disenchanted co-founder of Greenpeace, these types also could give a rats patoot about the fate of the poor in the developing world. What is there about narcissisim that they leads to being inhuman?
smellthecoffee on March 11, 2007 at 1:00 AM

Very well said. Porgams that would hugely benefit the Third World, like rural electrification are blokced by Leftiest. FOOD aid to starving people was blocked by Leftists who were all in a huff about genetic modification – so people starved as food meant for them, specifically to help people survive a dire period, was withheld. People die and suffer and the Left doesn’t care about their plight.

And most Iraqis want US troops to leave ASAP. Americans should heed the will of the Iraqi people and do exactly that.
Ms. Hess is noble, but she is seeing this too up close. We have to use our heads and look at the big picture. The Iraqis must defend themselves by themselves. In the long run it will be better.
Gaijin51 on March 11, 2007 at 7:45 AM

Taking the fact that most Iraqis over the long run want to govern themselves to steamroller over the critical interim need to provide the top-notch security they require as they get themselves on their feet is slick. SECURITY is the name of the game. To pull out too soon gives the advantage to the enemy. America provided long term security to Europe – it dismantled the NAZI power structure and provided legitimacy to elected governments of the people AND kept the USSR from overrunning a devastated continent and establising totalitarian rule. In Iraq and Afganistan, the US provides the same service: establishing new power structures that are responsive to the majority (middle roaders) while preventing a hostile and agressive Iran from invading. The Iraqis know very well which country is most interested in their failure. They’ve been at the receiving end of Iranian mischief on many occasions through history.
The US pulls out too soon, the entire effort will be lost. In the long run it will be better to stick around until the Iraqis CAN defend themselves, by themselves.

naliaka on March 11, 2007 at 8:22 AM

BTW, the democratically elected prime minister of Iraq has said that US troops can go home in June of this year. And most Iraqis want US troops to leave ASAP. Americans should heed the will of the Iraqi people and do exactly that.

Ms. Hess is noble, but she is seeing this too up close. We have to use our heads and look at the big picture. The Iraqis must defend themselves by themselves. In the long run it will be better.

Gaijin51 on March 11, 2007 at 7:45 AM

Riiiggghhhttt! It is only when the person on the ground puts out the Dhimmi party line that those opinions are agreed with by the MSM, or the reporters in question are professional. Because we all know that MSM reporters and pollsters know better than other “less real” human beings what the “common folk” really want, or really mean, or really need.

Ms. Hess has given us as close to ground truth as we can get on a program which can be aired in the US without falling foul of broadcast allowances and “too graphic to display TV”. Here on Hot Air and on many military blogs, we have seen reference to the unspeakable brutality of our enemies. They behead people because their victims aren’t Muslim enough, are infidels, or support an imaginary broad Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. Their victims die because those thugs and killers of children daily seek to impose their will on the Iraqi people and eliminate all resistance to their rule, over not just Iraq, but over the entire Muslim world.

Who can forget the father beheaded and thrown in the Tigris river… with his four year old son tied to the father’s leg, forced to watch the killing, and then drowning while his father’s body pulls him under? Who can forget the use of children crowded around a US HMMVW to receive candy, blown up by a suicide carbomber deliberately to make his political statement, strike fear into Iraqis’ neighborhoods and to kill as many children of his foes as possible (Mike Yon’s photos as documentation)? Who can forget the selfless sacrifice of American soldiers all over Iraq to protect Iraqis and rescue them from unspeakable torture at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq? And who can forget that dozens of Muslims and non Muslims have been beheaded on camera, killed as gruesomely and violently as possible just to make a political statement, an object lesson to those who oppose the thugs, when their heads are deposited on the corpse and posed for the camera for maximum effect?

Can someone tell me why I should ever again listen to people who don’t support this war as quite possibly the only means to be able to get rid of Evil men who act in the way Ms. Hess identified or our soldiers have time and again told us must be opposed? I despise cowards who talk on one hand about saving humanity by invading Darfur, or stopping the killing in Kosovo by invasion, and then demand that we retreat from Iraq as if the humanity of our fallen soldiers and the Iraqi people has no value.

Thank you Ms. Hess. You obviously care as much as the Men and Women of the US Armed Forces do. Press on. To Victory.

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 11, 2007 at 8:52 AM

Who can forget the father beheaded and thrown in the Tigris river… with his four year old son tied to the father’s leg, forced to watch the killing, and then drowning while his father’s body pulls him under? Who can forget the use of children crowded around a US HMMVW to receive candy, blown up by a suicide carbomber deliberately to make his political statement, strike fear into Iraqis’ neighborhoods and to kill as many children of his foes as possible (Mike Yon’s photos as documentation)? Who can forget the selfless sacrifice of American soldiers all over Iraq to protect Iraqis and rescue them from unspeakable torture at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq? And who can forget that dozens of Muslims and non Muslims have been beheaded on camera, killed as gruesomely and violently as possible just to make a political statement, an object lesson to those who oppose the thugs, when their heads are deposited on the corpse and posed for the camera for maximum effect?

Iraq needs a strong government to put a stop to this. The only way to fight such brutality is with equal brutality. Either we should take the side of the elected government and help them impose order by whatever means are necessary or get out of their way. And I don’t advocate getting involved in Darfur. The Iraq war has been my conversion to libertarian semi-isolationism or realism. Stopping cross-border wars, containment and deterrance are OK, when necessary, but we should not have US troops stationed overseas on a permanent basis.

We shouldn’t have permanent bases in S. Korea, Japan, Germany, etc. Our so-called allies become irresponsible and resentful when we provide their security. I was stationed in Japan (and I still live here), and we often had protesters outside the base. Our allies are all grown up now and can provide their own defense. It’s unhealthy, like a grown-up still living with his parents. The US is like a helicopter parent. We can’t solve all the world’s problems by ourselves, and trying too hard makes people dependent on us, while also being resentful at the same time.

Gaijin51 on March 11, 2007 at 9:38 AM

Gaijin, I have all kinds of problems with everything you said.
America is the lone superpower and designated Parent/driver of the Free World.
If you don’t believe in American exceptionalism, you should move to another country, preferably in the EU.
(I don’t hear the South Koreans, Japanese, Germans, etc. complaining about our bases or wanting our troops to leave.)
I seriously doubt that most of our allies are “grown up” and they most certainly cannot provide their own defense–I’m thinking of Europe when I say this.
The EUropeans have been pouring most of their money into their own domestic entitlement programs and have virtually ignored their own defense and military-too WWII and warlike, don’t you know?
The NATO countries were having trouble getting together enough forces to send to the war in Afghanistan.
The USA not only can, but must weigh in on the side of Good to try and solve the world’s worst problems, but we’re not “trying too hard to make people dependent on us,” only copacetic, more prosperous and peaceful.
As for resentment, you on the Left on the only ones who feel that emotion.
As for “stopping cross-border war, containment and deterrence,” the war in Iraq pretty much qualifies as a war for all 3–if we don’t fight the Al Queda takfiris in Iraq and contain and deter them there, they will be crossing our border to come harm us here, like the 9/11 hijackers did.

Jen the Neocon on March 11, 2007 at 10:25 AM

We shouldn’t have permanent bases in S. Korea, Japan, Germany, etc.

As one who served in Germany during the cold war, I can state that these bases were, and still are, needed. I witnessed the buildup of military equipment by the USSR on the eastern border and realized that, without NATO and Americans like me who were stationed there, Western Europe would have soon fallen into another deadly war in which millions would have perished. That war was averted simply because of the military strength provided by the NATO and American troops based there.

Remember, Europe never had another war after WWII simply because we DID, and still do, have bases there. That was something America learned after WWI when we did NOT have a permanent military presence and Europe fell back into war after only a few decades.

Millions of people died in Europe during WWII and a vast portion of it’s cities were virtually destroyed. Most of that death and destruction could have been prevented had America kept a military presence there following WWI.

The same can be said of East Asia. We withdrew all military support from East Asia and millions died. That is a terrible legacy this country will carry for many decades to come. Let’s not repeat the mistakes we made after WWI and Vietnam by removing a military presence and allow wars of aggression driven by despotic governments to rise and flourish.

Too many lives have been lost to abandon Iraq now. We owe it to the Iraqi people to stay and support them during their struggle for freedom and not abandon them to chaos and despotic rule. The lives of millions of people depend upon us and our support. That’s a tremendous responsibility which we can not ignore.

RedinBlueCounty on March 11, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Ms. Hess is noble, but she is seeing this too up close. We have to use our heads and look at the big picture. The Iraqis must defend themselves by themselves. In the long run it will be better.

Gaijin51 on March 11, 2007 at 7:45 AM

You don’t really expect anyone to take you seriously when you use polls that are 6 months old in a conflict that changes by the week do you?

Was Ernie Pyle seeing WWII too up close? How about Joe Galloway? Was he too close? Miss Hess is providing a valuable service to this country if only people would open their ears. And not because she is pro-war, but because she speaks the truth even if it is complimentary to the USA. At best, the MSM are driven to degrade the US just so they can claim inpartiality.

You have a right to your opinion and I appreciate it, but you, like many of those whom are of the like mind, are seriously, seriously, misguided. The world needs the USA to stand up for freedom just as the French stood up for us and sent their sons to die in the american revolutionary war. The only alternative is to allow the islamo-fascists to gain in power and influence just like hitler did in 1936. That weak-kneed, crap your pants, suck on your thumb, hide under the bed mentality was tried in 1936. 3 years later, hitler started WWII and 60 million people died. Your mentality will guarentee the terrorists nuclear technology and 60 million deaths will look mild compared to the havoc they are willing to wreak upon all those whom reject the theocratic islamic state.

No sir, your claims are just dead wrong.

csdeven on March 11, 2007 at 11:14 AM

OT – Important Action Alert!

Ted Koppel was on meet the press’ round table this morning. He’s no neo-con, but he’s a realist and he said some of the most intelligent things I’ve heard on that program in years. Of course, the others on the panel suffered from cognitive dissonance – completely ignoring his comments.

I’m paraphrasing – this is more or less what he said:

If we leave Iraq, the whole region would descend into war, and quickly. The US – no matter who is president – will NEVER let that happen.

The dem pres candidates are all in a race to paint themselves into a corner – shortsightedness due to the simple fact that bush is never going to pull out, and if a dem is elected on a pull out now platform they will be forced to go back on that promise. blaming bush will not be enough – it will be their war then.

he also spoke of the war on terrorism – that we’ve actually been fighting it for 24 years – since the Beirut bombing – but no one had connected the dots until 9/11.

He was plugging his special on Discovery Channel about the GWOT tonight at 9 called “our children’s children’s war” – arguing that we will be fighting the war on terror for generations. If it’s half as good as he was on MTP…..

moflicky on March 11, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Giajin51,

It looks like you have already been taken to task. I respond as I read and don’t really care what anyone else says. It was not my intention to pile on.

csdeven on March 11, 2007 at 11:16 AM

The Cat says,

She used the ‘E’ word.

Specifically,

This is real evil

It’s heartening to hear someone in the MSM who is not so blinded by ideology and BDS that they can see the world as it is.

dinasour on March 11, 2007 at 11:19 AM

How long before the nutroots single her out and try to discredit her for deviating from the party line? She’s not from the dreaded Fox News, after all.

WasatchMan on March 11, 2007 at 1:31 PM

This is so good.
She’s doing her job: reporting.
Thanks.

Jeremayakovka on March 11, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Nice report and I think for the current situation she sees it as it appears today. The problem with her report I feel is she does not look at what the outcome will breed. The outcome will have a direct affect on our security.

Wade on March 11, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Hillary
Edwards
Kerry
Reid
Pelosi
Obama

These people are utterly irrelevant. They are prancing and posturing on stage, cackling about political gossip like the old biddies they are, while real Americans are putting their lives on the line to build a better world by fighting evil.

I wonder if there are a few young democrats who realize that they could do so much good, if they just stood up and said “Enough! We have to regain our senses and begin to act seriously and deal with reality, or we have no credibility as leaders. The people that think the minimum wage is a national priority are going to vote for us anyway. But the vastly greater number of people who care about national and global security are looking at us and making that twirly finger gesture at their temples. And that is exactly how we are acting.”

I wonder if Democrats realize how irrelevant history is going to judge them to be?

drunyan8315 on March 11, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Fred Thompson is gonna kick Hillary’s buttox.

unamused on March 11, 2007 at 2:26 PM

Now THAT’S what I call a sound bite! Unfortunate it exceeds the MSM’s criteria for sound bytes. 99% of that 10 minute segment would have to be edited out to make time for pushing Skippy Wonder Chips, disposable diapers and mindless blathering between the talking heads about how pretty each of them look to each other.

Thanks, AP.

GPE on March 11, 2007 at 3:18 PM

Surprising and profound. I wonder what her bosses say to this…but is shouldn’t matter. This lady can always go her own.

Entelechy on March 11, 2007 at 4:14 PM

You can read more of Pam Hess’ reporting over at UPI. She does remarkably objective reporting from what we’re used to here. If only more reporters had her integrity.

darwin on March 11, 2007 at 6:29 PM

You can read more of Pam Hess’ reporting over at UPI. She does remarkably objective reporting from what we’re used to here. If only more reporters had her integrity.

darwin on March 11, 2007 at 6:29 PM

She certainly is one of a few who are true reporters.

Wade on March 11, 2007 at 8:35 PM

So ……. Pamela went to Iraq, investigated the real world events taking place outside of the Green Zone, talked to the commanders on the ground, the grunts under their command, the Iraqi police and the Iraqi people. And she came away knowing we are doing the right thing in combating true evil, and she supports the Herculean task confronting our troops?

How dare her challenge the divine wisdom of the Democrat party and the MSM!

Oh, wait. I can’t say that. They support our troops too. I know this is true, because I heard them say so.

Thank you Pamela Hess, for the truth.

fogw on March 12, 2007 at 8:58 AM

I used to time my lunches to watch Rumsfeld’s briefings, especially during the major combat part of the war in Iraq.
Pam Hess used to be in that briefing and she was anything but objective. Her questions were ignorant, biased and combative for no reason. Rumsfeld slapped her down almost daily. I remember one in April or May of ’03 about “cognitive dissonance” where Rumsfeld verbally smacked her around for being either obtuse or ignorant (my words, not his).

Then I noticed she no longer did those briefings.
Now, I see she’s done this. Perhaps her eyes were opened when she actually went to Iraq and saw for herself what was actually happening and who we are actually fighting.

Good for her.

Veeshir on March 12, 2007 at 12:14 PM

Good for her.

Veeshir on March 12, 2007 at 12:14 PM

Good for our troops, and good for the truth, too.

KelliD on March 12, 2007 at 12:17 PM

Wow. It does give you some hope for humanity. REAL reporters apparently still exist.
Bravo Pamela, Bravo.

KeaponLaffin on March 12, 2007 at 1:50 PM

A candle light in a vast darkness. Would that there were a thousand more like her in our press corps.

Dudley Smith on March 12, 2007 at 3:49 PM

That clip got plenty of play at the time from righty blogs simply due to the gawk factor involved in watching a reporter who’s more interested in winning the war than revisiting Bush’s mistakes.

That certainly was a jaw-dropping experience for me.

I really like her. I hope she can get a show.

Esthier on March 12, 2007 at 4:52 PM

now this is how a reporter should talk about OUR MILITARY and their mission over in Iraq. She is a fair reporter imo.

Nascar70 on February 28, 2008 at 9:46 PM