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Hello, Larry

By on 1.31.06 | 1:07AM

Count on Larry King to ask all the hard questions regarding Bob Woodruff's condition:

KING: ...Now there are rumors, as there always will be in cases like this, about disfigurement. What do you know?

RADDATZ: I'm not going to go beyond anything that ABC News has released but I don't think that is the case here....

Or to bring on a guest like the fellow-traveling Peter Arnett, whom he introduced as "formerly with CNN." Formerly of CNN? How about telling us he was fired by CNN in 1999 for cooking up a story? (Or for that matter that NBC fired him three years ago for something equally flagrant?) As you can see, Peter was in fine form last night:

PETER ARNETT, VIETNAM WAR CORRESPONDENT: ...You cover wars. You die. But really in a democracy such as ours the mainstream media has a major job to get out and see what's going on. Otherwise, what would we have to choose from, what our government tells us and today what Al-Jazeera tells us? We have to be there with an independent voice...

I wonder if his friends at Al Jazeera will mind being compared to "our government."

For what it's worth, Christiane Amanpour seconded Arnett about their having to serve as "an independent eye on these conflicts."

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