Angling for Cafferty's job?

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on April 1, 2007

Either that, or he's bucking for unemployment. If this report from Drudge is true, then any action by CNN short of firing reporter Michael Ware is not enough.

During a live press conference in Bagdad, Senators McCain and Graham were heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware. An official at the press conference called Ware’s conduct “outrageous,” saying, “here you have two United States Senators in Bagdad giving first-hand reports while Ware is laughing and mocking their comments. I’ve never witnessed such disrespect. This guy is an activist not a reporter.”

Senators McCain and Graham flew into Iraq and drove into Bagdad, making stops at an open market and a joint Iraq/American military security outpost before appearing at the press conference.

This is not the first time Michael Ware has taken issue with Senator McCain’s comments about early progress in Iraq. Last week, after Senator McCain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he needed to catch up on the news coming out of Iraq, Michael Ware responded, saying:

“I don't know what part of Neverland Senator McCain is talking about when he says we can go strolling in Baghdad.”

Michael Ware has also publicly expressed his views on the war last year in an interview with Bill Maher, saying, “I've been given a front-row ticket to watch this slow-motion train wreck … I try to stay as drunk for as long as possible while I'm here … In fact, I'm drinking now.”

There should be video of this somewhere. Where is it?

*UPDATE* Video evidence (linked here) appears to dispute Drudge's claims of Ware's behavior.

However, according to a rough transcript over at Powerline, CNN may still want to consider bringing Ware back to cover health care or something -- he seems to have abandoned the role of a reporter and is behaving more as an advocate.


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