Michael Ware heckles McCain at Baghdad press conference

posted at 6:44 pm on April 1, 2007 by Allahpundit

I guess we were out in front of this story, eh? Everyone’s already linked Drudge’s account of the presser so I’ll give you CNN’s version, which studiously avoids mentioning who it was who made McCain so “testy”:

The Arizona Republican, who is one of the war’s most outspoken supporters, became testy when pressed about his recent remarks that there are areas of Baghdad where Americans can travel safely.

“I just came from one,” he said, referring to his trip to the outdoor market, which required a heavy military escort. “I’ve been here many times over the years. Never have I been able to drive from the airport. Never have I been able to go out into the city as I was today.”

McCain further emphasized that his previous remarks did not mean the fight to secure Baghdad was over, but rather, that “things are better and there are encouraging signs.”

I can’t find video anywhere; please tip us if you come across it. In the meantime, here’s the video of Ware’s appearance on Maher’s show from last March that was referenced in Drudge’s story today. He talks about drinking, bad news in Iraq, and drinking to cope with the bad news in Iraq. The interview begins at 7:00 of the first clip if you’re counting up and 3:00 if you’re counting down. It cuts off right before he says, “In fact, I’m drinking now.” That’s where the second clip picks up.

They found two suicide-bomb vests today, by the way. Inside the Green Zone.

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Of course, CNN is very down-the-middle and fair to all sides- only the evil Fox News is biased.


gmoonster on April 1, 2007 at 6:55 PM

How seriously and with great honor they treat their women? They put masks over their faces, and can beat them.

amerpundit on April 1, 2007 at 7:06 PM

uch – I could only watch half of the videos. A car dealership, is that really true or, is it some kind of car thing where the soldiers could maybe get a deal on a car when they return to the states? As I said,I couldn’t bear to watch the whole thing,not that my question would be answered.

Babs on April 1, 2007 at 7:11 PM

HOW LONG til CNN gives him a raise in pay and rank for standing up to repuglikkkans?

Defector01 on April 1, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Let’s not kid ourselves, CNN and Ware have an agenda. It is the same agenda as Al Qaeda, Iraqi insurgents, Iranian hostage-takers, Syrian anarchists, Hezbollah commandos, suicide bombers, subway bombers, skyscraper bombers, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CSPAN, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Murtha, John Kerry, Joe Biden et al.

Defeat for America. They own it. They participate in it. They would celebrate it as their victory.

Traitors all.

fogw on April 1, 2007 at 7:23 PM

Wow…even Maher’s audience dosent seem to think he is funny.

SnakeintheGrass on April 1, 2007 at 7:27 PM


The dude is seriously loosing it. He reminds of the psycho alone on the boat in the terrible movie Waterworld – he needs to be declared mentally unfit and brought home.

Betcha he enters rehab.

Topsecretk9 on April 1, 2007 at 8:19 PM

It is perfectly obvious that at this point the media doesn’t even feel a need to pretend they are neutral. They are active partisans and apparently proud of it. Fine. They should be considered political organizations and their budgets to be contributions to the DNC under the same restrictions as anyone else’s contributions.

crosspatch on April 1, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Well I drink but never during working hours, that’s just unprofessional. Why wasn’t he fired?

aengus on April 1, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Interesting that CNN now believes so much in telling the truth, when in previous years, they refused to do so so as to maintain access.

Nice. What a jerk.

91Veteran on April 1, 2007 at 8:24 PM

Interesting that CNN now believes so much in telling the truth, when in previous years, they refused to do so so as to maintain access.

Nice. What a jerk. What is he only whining because it’s still dangerous to wander outside the Green Zone for his next bottle?

91Veteran on April 1, 2007 at 8:25 PM

So? If the authorities had any cajones, they would simply revoke his press pass and send him packing. Who is the weak sister in this scenario?

MCPO Airdale on April 1, 2007 at 8:26 PM

aengus on April 1, 2007 at 8:23 PM

because when yer a liberal, its different

mrfixit on April 1, 2007 at 8:26 PM

Move right along here folks, nothing but garbage here. Mr. Putty Face and his friends just holding up traffic.

NEMETI IN SYRACUSE on April 1, 2007 at 8:35 PM

McCain is not my favority politician but that wormy little puke Ware isn’t fit to wipe McCain’s brow. Under what rocks do they find jerks like Ware?

rplat on April 1, 2007 at 8:45 PM


Betcha he enters rehab.

Going to rehab is a major career builder for the left. Like defeat.

bofh on April 1, 2007 at 8:50 PM

John McCain continues to be very good on the Iraq War. CNN and their scum like Ware continue to be traitors intent upon engineering defeat for America.

Phil Byler on April 1, 2007 at 8:58 PM

I was wrong about Ware being an actor, he’s a drunk actor.

d1carter on April 1, 2007 at 9:00 PM

It’s obvious that the people posting here know more about the conditions in Baghdad than the people living there. And can you believe that guy is drinking!! Shouldn’t that be illegal or something?

Nonfactor on April 1, 2007 at 9:20 PM

This large network, this sophisticated unit we have found came to me, asking specifically for me, on a recommendation, I’m thinking, from another resistance group.

Of course they asked for Michael Ware – he looks like them, he sympathizes with them, heck he might want to be them. At a minimum he must have told them that he understands their cause fully.

Nonfactor, I absolutely love your nome de plume. It’s perfect!!!

Entelechy on April 1, 2007 at 9:56 PM

Call my suspicions extreme, but I really worry about a guy who was first embedded with the U.S. Soldiers and then infiltrated the Iraqi insurgents right after.

As coalition forces began preparations for war in 2003, Ware relocated to Iraq and became an embedded reporter with U.S. forces. He gained notice as one of the few Western journalists to travel to insurgent camps and report on that perspective of the war.

Entelechy on April 1, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Same Mr. Ware doesn’t like time-tables. Maybe he had a sober moment or we’re too harsh on him.

Entelechy on April 1, 2007 at 10:06 PM

This is CNN.

…. and the world (outside of the conservative blogosphere) will never know

RightWinged on April 2, 2007 at 1:12 AM

This is a bit odd… the interview begins with Maher asking Ware if he’s really in Baghdad.

Ware states that he’s “sorry to say” that he is. Maher responds by asking him why he wants to be there… obviously he doesn’t, because he just told you that he’s “sorry to say” that he is you douche. Or perhaps he does want to be there, to run propaganda for the enemy, and that explains the discrepancy.

RightWinged on April 2, 2007 at 1:16 AM

Isn’t he on that same plane with high levels of testosterone Rosie. . .

Texyank on April 2, 2007 at 1:32 AM

You can’t find the video because it doesn’t exist!. The only sources on this are Drudge and some unknown official. I call crap on it.

harry on April 2, 2007 at 6:54 AM

So he’s ducking bombs and bullets all the time, note he not wearing a vest or helmet. But It was nice of the insurgency to take a break from all that mayhem during his interview. He should of at least had his soundman light off a few firecrackers in the background to reinforce his statement. That would of make his statement sound a little more believable. But then logic has never been one of the liberals strong points.

KCtheKat on April 2, 2007 at 9:34 AM