Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
The Buildings That AREN'T Burning In Iraq
"They have a saying in the news business," Geraldo Rivera related this week. "Reporters don't report buildings that don't burn." And with that introduction, he told a TV audience about the story that is being systematically denied to our entire nation: the success story of post-Saddam Iraq.
Are we losing some soldiers each week? Yes.
Is there some frustration in the public about electricity and waterservice? Yes.
Are some Saddam Hussein loyalists throughout the land, making trouble? Yes.
Has this opened a window for some terrorist mischief? Yes.
But that's ALL we hear. No wonder the country is in a mixed mood about Iraq. If you hear about the buildings that are not burning, though, it is a different story indeed.
Rivera is no shill for George W. Bush. But Bush, Condi Rice and Colin Powell together could not have been as effective as Geraldo was Thursday night on the Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes program.
"When I got to Baghdad, I barely recognized it," he began, comparing his just-completed trip to two others he made during and just after the battle to topple Saddam. "You have over 30,000 Iraqi cops and militiamen already on the job.
This is four months after major fighting stopped. Can you imagine that kind of gearing up in this country? Law and order is better; archaeological sites are being preserved; factories, schools are being guarded."
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Origins: The piece quoted above is a reproduction of an editorial by Mark Davis (a talk show host with radio station WBAP/Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas) published in the
Geraldo Rivera saw Iraq first-hand as he accompanied the
Last updated: 14 September 2007
Davis, Mark. "The Buildings That Aren't Burning in Iraq." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 31 August 2003. Folkenflik, David. "Military Wants Rivera Removed from Iraq." The Baltimore Sun. 1 April 2003. The [Charleston] Post and Courier. "Geraldo's Return Fire Overshoots." 9 May 2003.