Former 27-year CIA analyst Ray McGovern courageously challenged Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday afternoon in Atlanta about his lies about Iraq’s WMD program. He was interviewed last night by CNN’s Paula Zahn. Watch it:
The media is framing McGovern’s tough questioning as the act of a “hostile war critic.” CNN’s Paula Zahn took that approach, posing leading questions that criticized McGovern while defending Rumsfeld. Salon’s War Room points us to some of the ‘fair and balanced’ questions Zahn had for McGovern:
Did you go to this speech today with the intent of challenging Secretary Rumsfeld?
How much of an ax do you have to grind with Secretary Rumsfeld?
Donald Rumsfeld encouraged whoever I think had their hands on you at the time to let you stay there. Does he get any credit for that today?
McGovern ably defended himself, educating Zahn that this was “not a matter of axes to grind. It’s a matter of telling the truth. And we pledged, in my day at the CIA, to tell it without fear or favor, to tell it like it is. And, when I see that corrupted, that is the real tragedy of this whole business.”
Full transcript HERE.