Geraldo in Iraq

In March 2003, shortly after the beginning of the war in Iraq, Geraldo Rivera was kicked out of the beleaguered region for divulging confidential military information in his televised reports.

"This," Conan O'Brien quipped, "means Saddam Hussein will once again be the most hated man in Iraq."

[The "confidential military information" which Rivera divulged (speculation about future troop movements) was of little use to the enemy however. In fact, as Fox News anchor Shepard Smith later explained, "he drew a map in the sand and the way he drew the map, if you looked at it, he had us going into Saudi Arabia." ("We are the only country in the world," Jay Leno once remarked, "where we put our battle plans on CNN, but the plots to our TV shows are top secret!")]

[During World War II a war correspondent had his copy rejected by a censor because "no reference to the movement of war leaders is permissible." The problem? He had peppered his prose with a line from Kipling: "The captains and the Kings depart."]

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