Gen. Batiste Fired from CBS

Yesterday I posted one of three ads featuring Retired Major General John Batiste who “left the Army in protest in order to speak out” against the President’s “failed strategy that is breaking our great Army and Marine Corps” in Iraq. Well, General Batiste has now been fired because of the ad by CBS, for whom he was working as a consultant. He appeared last night on Keith Olbermann (transcript will be here when it becomes available):



Atrios notes:

I half overheard a surprisingly decent NPR report the other day which dealt with the issue of what’s appropriate for “former generals” to do. While the piece was a bit slanted on the side of “clap louder for tinkerbell” it at least did manage to mention the point that lots of former generals and similar are on the cable networks cheering on the war, so anyone who criticizes former generals speaking up is essentially saying they can only express their opinions in one direction. In addition, while this point wasn’t (IIRC) made explicitly, it essentially makes the whole “former general as cable news commentator” position a farcical one at odds with any claimed journalistic pretension, as they’re only on if they support current policy.

And that point has just been proven.

Mm-hmm.

I’d also just like to point out that CBS did not fire Imus for referring to a women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos” until there was a national furor that could not be ignored and advertisers started bailing. Just saying.

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9 responses to “Gen. Batiste Fired from CBS

  1. Calling All Bloggers, No Vacations for Anyone

    If it is important for the Iraqi Parliament to remain at work and not take a vacation this summer, how about the U.S. Congress and the President? Why should anyone in America take a vacation while our boys and girls are giving their all with repeated tours, extended stays, and stop loss in Iraq?

    If our troops can’t take a vacation over there, then neither should we over here. Taking a vacation is a traitorous act. If you are planning on going to the beach or Disneyworld this summer, you are an agent for terrorist. Support the troops, stay home.

    “Stay the course”, don’t desert, “surge” your work in the “new way forward” by not taking a vacation.

    With U.S. Iraqi policy in its last throes, there is no time for vacations. No vacations for anyone until the mission is over whether it is accomplished or not.

  2. Damn, I hate the liberal media!

  3. Ivory Bill Woodpecker

    If we, the sane, ever regain control of this country, we must restore the Fairness Doctrine and expand it to cover cable as well as broadcast electronic media. Also, we must use the anti-trust laws to shatter the media conglomerates that allow a handful of people to control what the majority of USAmericans see, hear, and read. Selah.

  4. Dittos, Ivory Bill.

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind putting at least a few reporters, editors, columnists, pundits, etc. on trial for war crimes. God knows too many of them worked overtime to sell the administration’s lies about the war.

    I’m pretty sure there’s fairly recent precedent from the Rwandan genocides…

  5. Arkades

    If we, the sane, ever regain control of this country, we must restore the Fairness Doctrine and expand it to cover cable as well as broadcast electronic media. Also, we must use the anti-trust laws to shatter the media conglomerates that allow a handful of people to control what the majority of USAmericans see, hear, and read.

    Damn right we must, IBW. Well said.

  6. This reminds me…

    On St. Patrick’s Day, I and Red State Blues of the blog Blondesense took part in that anti-war march on the Pentagon. There were somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 pro-war demonstrators calling us things like “liberal shit” throughout the event. Red told me, at one point, that the pro-war contingent’s entire argument could be boiled down to four words: Shut The Fuck Up. Looks to me like that same four-word argument was used on Batiste.

    Oh, since you brought up Imus: Looking at the pro-war crowd on that day, I noticed that some 80 to 85 percent of them were male, and about 99 percent of them were white. I think I counted six black men and two Latino men in their ranks. No non-white women. The strangest part about this, to me, is that there were women and minorities in that crowd. The war in Iraq had White Man’s Crusade scrawled all over it…

  7. Thanks, Melissa. I had the same thought about Imus. CBS agonized over canning Imus (although they do can him in the end), but as you note, after a national furor. Coulter’s been dropped by at least eight papers, but others keep her. But Batiste, who is calm, rational, and in accord with 70% of Americans, is fired. As Atrios and NPR note, it’s not as if the same is happening for all the pro-war voices. This reminds me of Dohahue’s show getting cancelled and the dictate on high (as Donahue reported on the Moyers special) that he feature 2 pro-war people for every anti-war person prior to the war starting. I’m sure we’ve all seen the stats on how few anti-war voices were featured on TV before March 2003, not to mention, um, now.

  8. oddjob

    Oh, I also believe I saw over at Raw Story that Batiste is a Republican, so it isn’t as though this is about political parties per se.

    This is about whether you say things on television that piss off ShrubCo…….

  9. Steven T. McCarty

    Imagine the percentage of people that would be against this war if there was no propaganda for it pushed by corporations like CBS etc

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