Not sure if everyone heard, but Peter Arnett was fired yesterday from NBC/MSNBC for giving an interview on Iraqi tv. He said things not too dissimilar from what you hear on other reports about how the war isn't going well (according to the media), he just went a little further - and said the things on Iraqi TV. He practically congratulated the Iraqis on their efforts so far. My personal opinion is that this is borderline treason (question: is he an american citizen? he was born in New Zealand). Some of you may also remember his reports on the US using chemical weapons in the Vietnam war. That report was retracted by CNN and lead to his demise there - but he still stands by it and all the conspiracy theorists cling to it. In another thread, people are talking about propaganda, and maybe I'm moving that thread to here, but I tend to think the existence of Peter Arnett and the fact that despite saying hugely unpopular things he still gets jobs in mainstream media tends to validate the idea of "free press" in the US. The media in the US *DOES* report things that show the US in a negative light and they *DO* express opinions counter to the opinion of the government. They do these things on a daily basis because media thrives on controversy. To me thats the very definition of a free press.