Whose Flag Is Bigger?

Amid questions of loyalty, TV news should recall that being on our side doesn't mean pandering

It's one thing to endanger the safety of American troops. But God help you if you hurt their feelings. Geraldo Rivera, reporting from Iraq for Fox News last week, drew a map in the sand, on camera, that gave away his unit's location. (In Afghanistan, Rivera had reported that he was at the site of a friendly fire incident that occurred miles away, so knowing where he was was an improvement.) And Peter Arnett, a legendary war correspondent under contract with NBC News and MSNBC, gave an interview to Iraqi state TV in which he obsequiously praised the "courtesy" of Iraqi...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!