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Monday, January 13, 2003

Three cheers for Dan Rather and the CBS Evening News! Dan is in Baghdad this week, and I thought that the coverage tonight was quite thoughtful and in general seemed to speak against war. They showed a US army wife holding her five-month old child tearfully saying "I wish he wasn't going. He's going to miss so much of his child growing up." I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it. And there was no added "but it's necessary for the good of the country" or some such. CBS reported extensively on the opposition to war in Turkey, quoting one opposition party member saying that 95 to 97 percent of the population opposed war. And they added at one point with a tone of regret that there are now 130,000 US troops south of Iraq, and "it's hard to imagine President Bush bringing them back without a war."

I know Dan Rather admitted last year that he was ashamed by his own and CBS's unquestioning support of the Afghan war, and it looks like he's trying his best to make up for it.

Tune in to CBS Evening News this week and tell me what you think.