Cnn Anchor Calls Iraq "A Mess"

CNN correspondent John Roberts, who recently returned from Iraq, says that U.S. television has been unable to convey the extent of the chaos that currently wracks that country. "The place is a mess. It's an absolute mess," Roberts told The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz on CNN's Reliable Sources. "There is nowhere you can go in the Baghdad area as a Western journalist without an escort, where you could feel safe from being kidnapped, shot at, whatever. The amount of death that's on the streets of Baghdad for U.S. forces and for the Iraqi people is at an astronomical level." Roberts said that he saw the results of an attack on a Humvee in which the U.S. soldier seated in the passenger seat was "disintegrated" by the projectile. He said he watched the driver die on the roadside. None of that could be shown on television, Roberts observed. "The pictures on television are sanitized compared to what they are on the ground. ... It's too raw for television. It's too personal for the families who were involved, because the fellow who I saw on the ground, Howie, he was ripped apart. And that's just not the sort of thing that you want a family to know."



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