Monday, August 23, 2004
Joe Klein & Abu Ghraib Sooth Paula Zahn's Hysteria
PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Tonight, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, four American soldiers facing justice.
ZAHN: And an explosion of negative ads nastier than ever. The new hatchet men of politics.
ZAHN: Nobody admits liking them.
SEN. JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Stop these ads.
GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I think they're bad for the system.
[enable Zahn hysteria mode]
ZAHN: But can anyone stop them? Tonight, 527s, will they ever go away?
[disable Zahn hysteria mode]
... ZAHN: And coming up next, disturbing new allegations about Abu Ghraib, U.S. military doctors and their role in the abuse scandal -- when we come back.
ZAHN: So what is the truth of that story, Joe? I know "The Washington Post" tried to lay that out yesterday in a very detailed story.
KLEIN: The truth of the story seems to be, from the guy who were on the boat with John Kerry, that he behaved honorably, that he behaved in a heroic fashion. All of the documentation says the same thing.
Of course, you can always call into question a guy who puts in for a Purple Heart because he got a scratch. But there were an awful lot of guys in Vietnam who were doing that. And there were an awful lot of guys who got out of Vietnam because they'd been wounded three times.
ZAHN: Joe Klein, thank you for dropping by.
KLEIN: My pleasure.
ZAHN: And now it's time for us to take a short break. We'll be right back.
ZAHN: We turn again now to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.