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January 22, 1991
Who: CNN correspondent, the last remaining Western network TV journalist in Baghdad. His dispatches are subject to Iraqi censorship. Age: 56 Birthplace: New Zealand Awards: Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for Vietnam coverage Quote: "War reporting is my life . . . I don't have time to worry about the danger."
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OPINION
April 3, 2003
In his April 1 commentary "Casualty of a Ratings War," Jonathan Turley ascribes the firing by NBC of news reporter Peter Arnett, who gave an arguably treasonous interview with Baghdad TV, to NBC's fear of ratings losses rather than to Arnett's anti-U.S., pro-Iraqi position. In support of the ratings interpretation, Turley states that Arnett's "interview on Iraqi TV was rather unremarkable and understated compared with analyses by others." However, in quoting Arnett's "specific statements," Turley curiously fails to quote this most remarkable statement by Arnett: "Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States.
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NEWS
January 24, 1991 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did the allies bomb Iraq's only infant formula plant? Or was it really a biological weapons factory in disguise? That question provided the latest skirmish in the propaganda war between Iraq and the multinational forces in the Persian Gulf War. Early Wednesday, Cable News Network reporter Peter Arnett, the only Western reporter still allowed in Iraq, reported that he had been taken to what Iraqi authorities described as a baby formula factory that had been destroyed in allied bombing.
NEWS
April 2, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Peter Arnett said Tuesday he was upset with how NBC severed ties with him the day before, and sounded more defiant than apologetic over his decision to grant an interview to state-run Iraqi TV. In an interview from Baghdad, where he hopes to stay if he can find enough work, Arnett called the controversy a "storm in a bloody teacup." He said he was irritated that he had spent 19 days helping NBC, whose own reporters left citing safety concerns, and "then I'm being trashed."
NEWS
March 31, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Correspondent Peter Arnett, who is reporting from Baghdad on the U.S.-led bombing for NBC News and cable TV's National Geographic Explorer, gave an interview to Iraqi state television Sunday in which he said his reports from the city are helpful to the U.S. antiwar movement and praised Iraq's treatment of foreign reporters.
NEWS
February 2, 1994 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The war correspondent seems to be an impossibly romantic figure--a hard-drinking, high-living, devil-may-care rogue who cares only about getting the story out. But Peter Arnett is the real thing. "They say you're bulletproof," said one young Cable News Network staffer in explaining why she followed Arnett into Baghdad during the Gulf War.
BOOKS
April 5, 1992
Gadzooks!! Peter Arnett (of CNN) reviewing a book about the Gulf War is irrational! Surely you jest. S.M. (MARTY) SHELTON RIDGECREST
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1991
Will this be the first time in history when the loser, Saddam Hussein, will not surrender to a U.S. government official, but to Peter Arnett, live on CNN? BOB DAVIDSON, La Jolla
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1991
With the (hopefully unwilling) aid of Peter Arnett, Ted Turner's CNN is doing an excellent job of giving comfort to the enemy. Jane Fonda's petticoat is certainly showing! BARON de BEER, Monrovia
NEWS
March 3, 1991
The trouble with CNN's coverage of the Gulf War is that it doesn't have a Peter Arnett in Kuwait City. Remember Kuwait? The same day CNN showed (seemingly endless) coverage of the bombing of a shelter supposedly containing civilians in Baghdad, there were reports of 200 Kuwaitis being killed by Iraqi invaders in the streets of Kuwait. Why not some brave, investigative, honest, balanced reporting on what the Iraqis have done and are doing to Kuwait? Edward Carstens, Torrance
NEWS
April 1, 2003 | Jonathan Turley, Jonathan Turley is a professor of public interest law at George Washington University. He worked for NBC as a legal commentator during the Clinton impeachment controversy.
NBC News has shown the world that it can take out a target in Baghdad with the same precision as a B-2 bomber. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Peter Arnett woke up Monday to a flaming pink slip from NBC News President Neal Shapiro. This was followed by a bunker buster from his other employer, National Geographic, terminating him immediately. What sin by Arnett warranted such swift retribution?
NEWS
April 1, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
In a fast-paced day of media cross-fire over how reporters are covering the war, Peter Arnett was fired by NBC for an interview he gave to Iraqi state television, and a correspondent for a rival network, Fox News' Geraldo Rivera, found himself under Pentagon scrutiny for a report in which he was shown drawing troop positions in the sand.
NEWS
March 31, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Correspondent Peter Arnett, who is reporting from Baghdad on the U.S.-led bombing for NBC News and cable TV's National Geographic Explorer, gave an interview to Iraqi state television Sunday in which he said his reports from the city are helpful to the U.S. antiwar movement and praised Iraq's treatment of foreign reporters.
NEWS
March 20, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Peter Arnett's decision to stay in Baghdad, despite the apparent risk, helped net NBC a jump on the competition Wednesday in the opening salvos of the U.S.-led attack. Otherwise, CBS' decision to pull correspondent Lara Logan and her three crew members from Baghdad on Wednesday, and CNN's decision to stay in the capital city, made little difference in TV's coverage of the attack.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
Peter Arnett, whose Baghdad reporting during the 1991 Gulf War helped put CNN on the map, will have a new outlet if there's another war in Iraq: CNN rival MSNBC. The veteran foreign correspondent, who left CNN under the cloud of a retracted documentary he anchored, was named Baghdad correspondent for "National Geographic Explorer," a series that airs Sunday nights. As part of the deal, Arnett will also provide live reports from Baghdad for MSNBC, "as we need him," said an MSNBC spokesman.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2001 | Elaine Dutka
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1991
Howard Rosenberg's highly disparaging and insulting comments (Feb. 12) against Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Charlton Heston for questioning the role of Peter Arnett's reporting in Baghdad were infuriating. I think most Americans would agree with them, not Rosenberg. Before they spoke I had written Ted Turner, CNN's owner, with the same objection. Arnett's reporting should be labeled "the voice of Iraq," since Hussein's own communications capabilities have been largely destroyed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 1999 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CNN correspondent Peter Arnett, who got in hot water last summer over the network's Operation Tailwind report that later was retracted, is leaving the network after executives decided to exercise an exit clause in his contract.
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