Arnett to report for MSNBC

Feb 24, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Peter Arnett will be providing war coverage once more, this time as a free-lancer for MSNBC as a benefit of the news channel’s ongoing exclusive deal to carry the weekly “National Geographic Explorer” magazine. Mr. Arnett was one of CNN’s stars during the Persian Gulf War.
“Explorer” last week named Mr. Arnett its correspondent in Baghdad, where Mr. Arnett, the late correspondent John Holliman and former anchor Bernard Shaw put CNN on the media map when they were the only Western journalists able to report live on the U.S. the bombing of the Iraqi capital in 1991.
After years with the pioneering news network, the award-winning Mr. Arnett was fired in 1999 by CNN as part of the fallout over a disputed 1998 report on Operation Tailwind, involving a secret incursion by U.S. special forces into Laos in 1970.
MSNBC expects to be able to use separate reports from Mr. Arnett “as part of our existing arrangement with National Geographic,” said a spokesman for the news channel.
Asked if Mr. Arnett might be expected to show up during war coverage on NBC itself, the MSNBC spokesman said, “It’s possible. There is no plan at this time, but theoretically it is possible.”
He also said that it is possible that MSNBC viewers might see reports from Lisa Ling, the former Channel One correspondent who last year gave up her role as a co-host of ABC’s “The View” to become an international reporter for National Geographic Television.