NBC Nightly News is obviously developing a new theme – optimism. In an effort to spin the Iraq war as “almost won”, they’ve sent Brian Williams to Baghdad for the week, hosting the program from a heavily fortified area of the city.
Determined to present the “true face of safety and security” supposedly settled over Anbar Province, interviews were set up with various members of the military, on an area of open ground, only to require a rapid retreat indoors when word arrived the “enemy” may be about to take pot-shots.
Undaunted, the director cut back to the US and Brian’s alter ego Campbell Brown, who led us through a brand new segment of news entitled, “What it Takes to be Happy” – aptly demonstrated by the announcement that Dick Cheney has deep vein thrombosis and in a deal of pain; though doctors confirm that while the symptoms are similar, there’s no way he can be suffering from “Economy Class Syndrome”.
There followed a brief flirtation between Brian and Dana Priest of the Washington Post, rapidly concluded when Ms Priest informed him she’d received thousands of letters and emails from wounded soldiers in American VA hospitals all over the world, stating that in comparison with their quarters, Walter Reed looked reminiscent of the Waldorf Astoria.
A final brief moment of US camaradie in Baghdad brought the program to its gloriously unsuccessful conclusion, whereupon rumor has it Brian leapt aboard the first helicopter heading for the Green Zone, and downed a large treble Scotch and soda while waiting for his crew to pack their gear and thumb a lift home on the back of a passing Mehdi Army truck.
Nice one – Bwian.
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