Debra J. Saunders

Third, who's the journalist whose reportage has suffered? Peter Arnett, formerly of CNN and now formerly of MSNBC. Arnett wasn't embedded with Iraqi troops, but foreign journalists are embedded with Iraqi government "minders."

While other reporters were agonizing over whether they've been compromised by embedding, the ostensibly objective Arnett was gushing on Iraqi TV that the Ministry of Information granted reporters "a degree of freedom which we appreciate."

A degree of freedom -- as in less than zero?

Hussein's thugs have thrown CNN's Nic Robertson and other journalists out of Iraq. On March 25, Iraqi authorities took freelance photojournalist Molly Bingham into custody. Any more of what Arnett hailed as "freedom" and there'd be a whole gaggle of press behind bars in Baghdad.

In Washington, reporters question whether embedding restricts their freedom.

In Baghdad, a Pulitzer Prize winner gushes about their degree of freedom. That's one of many reasons the U.S. media should root for an American victory -- - without hand-wringing.

Debra J. Saunders

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