The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

News from Hanoi, NBC Nightly News: A New Low

NBC Nightly News ran a story from a reporter who went to Hanoi to investigate McCain's claim of torture at the Hanoi Hilton. The story originally was aired on the BBC last July. NBC, you are idiots. You are despicable and irresponsible. I've been to that museum, it's nothing but propaganda. It is laughable that you would use sources here on the ground like that as authoritative.

In an unrelated story, my contacts tell me an AP reporter was beaten in Hanoi last week while photographing a protest by Catholic clergy over the government developing land owned by the church. Such protests are unusually in lowland areas--let alone the national capitol, as well as clashed between the police and foreign reporters.

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