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Filed By Jerame Davis | July 17, 2006 4:01 PM | comments

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Was anyone else out there watching CNN this afternoon around the 2:00pm EST hour?

I was only half-paying attention, but an interview between lackluster newsreader Tony Harris and an American woman in Lebanon caught my attention. The woman's name was Sara and she was joining Tony by phone from Lebanon, where she was describing the hell that she and her family had been through since the start of this latest Middle East nonsense.

It was a boring interview, which is why I was not paying much attention. Harris asked her the normal, inane questions that the MSM is wont to ask: "Are you scared? Have you seen bombs? Do you have a bloody tale to describe?" You know the ritual.

Toward the end of the interview, Sara interrupts Harris to make a point. I'm paraphrasing for sure, but the general point she was attempting to make was this: The US government is supporting the bombing, shelling, and killing of innocent Lebanese citizens. Civilian areas far from where Hezbollah operates were being bombed and many civilians not even remotely connected to Hezbollah were dying.

Harris, cuts her off and asks her if she realizes that in THIS country (meaning good ol' USA) there is a different view. When she tried to explain that she doesn't understand where the US is getting it's information, Harris interrupts again to tersely tell her he isn't going to debate her on this issue and ends the interview.

It really looked like a glitch in the matrix to me...Anyone else see this?


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I didn't see it, but was treated to President Bush's inane remarks and potty mouth on the morning news. How can anyone think he's a leader? We have so destroyed our credibility in the Middle East!! Innocent civilians are dying in all those countries and he blathers on about democracy. Yeah, democracy as long as they elect who the administration wants!!

Pathetic, just pathetic!

Jerame Davis | July 17, 2006 4:47 PM

Yeah, I saw el Presidente's comments today too. He's so simple minded. To think that it's a simple as Syria saying "Whoa, now!" and Hezbollah will back down is as moronic as can be.

As for being a potty mouth in general, I'm all for it! I'm a potty mouth too and I think a majority of folks are, if they're being honest. Besides, they're just words. Long live the First Amendment!

Here's the transcript, folks. And remember, NMVK pwns CNN.

TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Hey Kyra, in addition to bringing you the e-mail stories of people in the region and what they're going through right now, we're trying to make a connection with folks to put them on the air so that we can hear their stories in real time.

Sara Ahmadia is an American, she's in Lebanon right now and she's on the phone with us. Sarah, how are you holding up?

SARA AHMADIA, AMERICAN TRAPPED IN LEBANON (on phone): Very well, considering the circumstances. HARRIS: So, give me a little more, how you doing? I mean, I know you were there visiting family, give us a sense of what you have seen.

AHMADIA: Well, we started off, I've been in Lebanon since July 8th, so, not for very long. This the first time I have been here to visit my family. My dad grew up here. And, so, we were just going to the beach on Wednesday, south of Madrid and we saw the first bomb hit in south Lebanon.

We went back to the town we were staying in and we thought that we would be safe there because it's totally away from Hezbollah activity and everything. But two days later, this past Friday, bombs hit less than 500 yards away from the house where we were staying.

It was, I can't even explain what it was like. I mean, the best way I can describe it is that there were five planes, the reconnaissance plane was circling overhead and we would hear it when it came at the target, which was at a highway right behind the houses and it would make a buzzing sound and then the missile would come about 30 seconds later.

HARRIS: Oh, boy. Does your family live in an area that would be considered a Hezbollah stronghold?

AHMADIA: Absolutely not. This is insane. They're targeting so many places that have absolutely nothing to do with the Hezbollah, nothing.

HARRIS: You scared?

AHMADIA: Absolutely. We're safe where we are now because after that, after those bombings, we waited until the plane had gone until all the bombs stopped. My cousin's house, which was actually a little bit down the road, was destroyed in it. We fled to Sharoon, which is the town I'm in now. I've been here since Friday. And there are three of us, three families staying here that are related to me. And we seem to be safe here. I mean, there was a bombing in the valley right next to us last night and we can still here the planes, but I think we're OK where we are. I hope we're OK where we are and we're just going to sit in safe.

HARRIS: Sara, let me ask you to describe what it must be like. How amazed are you to find yourself, on your first visit to Lebanon, to find yourself in the latest of the middle latest flare up of hostilities in this region?

AHMADIA: It's horrible because we checked ahead of time. I'm very, very surprised. We went from hearing the first bombs on Wednesday during the day to waking up Thursday morning and finding ourselves completely isolated from the rest of the world. It's terrifying. Before we knew it, the airport was bombed, the highways were bombed, closing off Syria and that was it, we were stuck.

HARRIS: You sound tired. Are you getting any sleep? AHMADIA: Some, off and on. But I've definitely had my share of nightmares since those bombings. It was terrifying. Also my throat, there was a lot of smoke a couple of days ago when the bombs hit so close to us, there was a lot of smoke and a lot of dust because all the dust and glass was falling in the house. We were hiding in the basement. It was, obviously, not good for my throat.

HARRIS: Okay. So, Sara, finally, we wish you well, be safe, but are you, do you want to leave or do you want to stay?

AHMADIA: I don't know. I'm waiting for the United States to, you know, they haven't been very communicative with people here. We feel very abandoned, quite frankly. I'm just waiting for them to come up with something.

If I may say one more thing, though, probably the most important reason why I wanted to be on the air because it has absolutely nothing to do with me and everything to do with who's letting people know that these are civilian targets getting bombed and the United States, right now, our government is supporting the bombing of innocent civilians. There's only a few Hezbollah killed and like 200 Lebanese civilians that have absolutely nothing to do with Hezbollah. Many of them are against Hezbollah and our government needs to stop this.

HARRIS: All right Sara, you understand there is an entirely different view of the situation on the ground than the one you've just expressed, you understand that, correct?

I understand that and it's horrible. I don't know what information is being conveyed to the United States, but it's not what is happening here.

HARRIS: Sara, I appreciate your time, I can't debate it with you right now. But thanks for your time and be safe. Kyra, back to you.

What does "And remember, NMVK pwns CNN." mean?

It means CNN is a bunch of hacks; I watch it for the comedy. Oh, I could tell *stories* about CNN.

And when CNN spews their occasional "pearl of nutcaseness", I'm always there to catch them.

Jerame Davis | July 17, 2006 10:07 PM

Yep, that's the transcript. And I think my interpretation bears out pretty well.

I think it's pretty creepy.