Wolf Blitzer is the anchor of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, a nightly newscast that debuted in December 2000. The program focuses on the day's top news, live interviews with top newsmakers and live debriefs with CNN correspondents around the United States and the world. Blitzer also hosts Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, the only Sunday talk show seen in more than 200 countries and territories. Before he became anchor of Wolf Blitzer Reports, Blitzer co-anchored The World Today. Blitzer also anchors other major news events, including CNN's "America Votes 2004," the network's coverage of the presidential race. In 2003, Blitzer traveled to Kuwait City to anchor and report from the Persian Gulf region during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He provided multiple reports daily throughout the war and conducted several interviews relevant to the news of the day. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Blitzer began hosting an additional weekday edition of Wolf Blitzer Reports which looked at the political side of the ensuing war on terrorism. With contributors and military analysts, Blitzer probed multiple aspects of terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom. Blitzer traveled to Jerusalem several times in 2002 to report on the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In March 2001, Blitzer began filing daily reports for the virtual world. Found on CNN.com, the weekday articles dubbed Blitzer Reports provide a behind-the-scenes look into how the news is developing as well as insight into Wolf Blitzer Reports.
Throughout Election 2000, Blitzer interviewed all of the major party presidential candidates--George W. Bush, Al Gore, Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan. He anchored Late Edition from the road in New York, New Hampshire and Iowa during the early primaries and debates. He hosted a town meeting with Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in Buffalo, N.Y., two live two-hour specials at each major party convention this summer and three CNN&TIME Town Meetings in October with undecided voters in battleground states. On Election Night, Blitzer joined the CNN Election 2000 team in Atlanta, reporting on the balance of power in the House and Senate.
Blitzer served as CNN's senior White House correspondent covering President Bill Clinton from his election in November 1992 until 1999. For more than two decades, Blitzer has reported on a wide range of major breaking stories around the world. He began his career in 1972 with the Reuters News Agency in Tel Aviv. Shortly thereafter, he became a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. After more than 15 years of reporting from the nation's capital, Blitzer joined CNN in 1990 as the network's military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon. During his tenure at the Pentagon, Blitzer was among the team of CNN reporters who won the Golden CableACE from the National Academy of Cable Programming for coverage of the Persian Gulf War.
Blitzer has won numerous awards, including the 2003 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Press Veterans Association. In November 2002, the American Veteran Awards honored him with the prestigious Ernie Pyle Journalism Award for excellence in military reporting, and, in February 2000, he received the Anti-Defamation League’s Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize. In 1999, Blitzer won the International Platform Association's Lowell Thomas Broadcast Journalism Award for outstanding contributions to broadcast journalism. And in 1996, Blitzer won an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. In 1994, American Journalism Review cited him and CNN as the overwhelming choice of readers for the coveted Best in the Business Award for "best network coverage of the Clinton administration."
From the beginning of his career, Blitzer has covered many key events that have shaped the international political landscape. He was onsite in 1973 when West German Chancellor Willy Brandt visited Israel, the first visit by a German chancellor since the Holocaust. Blitzer covered the first Israeli-Egyptian peace conference in Egypt in 1977, and, in 1979, he traveled with then-President Jimmy Carter on visits to Egypt and Israel for the final round of negotiations that resulted in the signing of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. In 1982, Blitzer was in Beirut during the withdrawal of PLO and Syrian forces.
In August 1991, Blitzer flew to Moscow shortly after the failed coup and spent nearly a month reporting on the Soviet military. He was among the first Western reporters invited into KGB headquarters in Moscow for a rare inside look into the Soviet intelligence apparatus. He returned to Moscow in December 1991 to cover the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transition from Mikhail Gorbachev to Boris Yeltsin.
Blitzer also has interviewed some of recent history's most notable figures. He has interviewed President Bill Clinton on numerous occasions, most recently in 2000 for Clinton's first online interview, and before that, from Cologne, Germany, the site of the 1999 G-8 Summit. National newsmakers--including Cabinet officials, members of Congress and social leaders--are regular guests on his programs. Blitzer has interviewed international figures, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former South African President Nelson Mandela, former Israeli prime ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder--from locations around the world.
Blitzer is the author of two books, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A Reporter's Notebook (Oxford University Press, 1985) and Territory of Lies (Harper and Row, 1989). The latter was cited by The New York Times Book Review as one of the most notable books of 1989. He also has written articles for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
Blitzer earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master of arts degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Blitzer also has honorary degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo; King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Gannon University in Erie, Pa.; and Quinnipiac College in New Haven, Conn.; St. Louis University; and Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.
Wolf Blitzer was born March 22, 1948 in Germany, then his family immigrated to Buffalo, N.Y. when Wolf was barely one year old. He was raised in North Buffalo and in the suburbs of Kenmore. He has a Arts and History, B.S., at The State University of New York at Buffalo and an International Relations, M.S. at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He was a Reporter for the Reuters News Agency, Jerusalem from 1971 to 1973. A Washington Correspondent to the Jerusalem Post, Washington, D.C. 1973 to 1989 and a Senior World Today Anchor and White House Correspondent at Cable News Network (1990-present). Mr. Bitzer resides in Bethesda, Md. and is married to Lynn Greenfield and has a daughter named Elana.
''I'm just Wolf''
CNN's Wolf Blitzer, B.A. '70, covers the world through history lessons learned at UB.
This is, in a nutshell, the self-description of the man who has come to symbolize the round-the-clock, round-the-world immediacy of TV news delivery. The Cable News Network's familiar personality, Wolf Blitzer, has the look of a professor and the manner of an everyman. There is no veneer to the network's most prominent anchor and reporter. He is not enamored with his voice or his appearance. His reporting and interviewing possess an intelligence, probing curiosity and knowledge passionately conveyed with the natural pauses and thought leaps that are typical of everyday conversation.
"What you see on TV is what you get if you speak to me," he observes during a recent interview from his Washington, D.C., base. "I don't put an air on, and I try not to talk down to the viewers. People watching CNN by definition are interested in news. I'm going to give them the news and do it in a way that I try to make as understandable and as easy for the viewers as I possibly can."
The esteemed newsman has won many awards for his earnest reporting: an Emmy for his coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing; an American Journalism Review Best in the Business Award for "best network coverage of the Clinton administration" and a number of awards named for legendary journalists like Lowell Thomas, Ernie Pyle and the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Blitzer shared his winning approach to coverage of world events over the past several decades as a guest in UB's Distinguished Speakers Series on October 2. Honored as the first alumnus to be part of the series, Blitzer, a 1999 recipient of a SUNY honorary doctorate in humane letters, expressed his gratitude for the role UB played in his career.
Born in Germany, Blitzer immigrated to Buffalo with his family when he was barely a year old. Raised in North Buffalo and in the suburb of Kenmore, Blitzer stayed in the area to earn his bachelor of arts degree in history from UB. "I spent four of the most important years of my life-very formidable years from ages 18 to 22-at the University at Buffalo, from 1966 to 1970. It was a very tumultuous era. The Vietnam War was obviously happening at that time. [UB] was a very politically charged campus," he recalls. "I made lifelong friends and got a good education. It gave me an opportunity to go on to graduate school and pursue the kind of career that I've been doing ever since, so it was clearly very significant in my life.
"If somebody would have said to me going back to my days at Norton Union at the old campus that I'd be doing this 30 years down the road, I would have thought that they were crazy," he relates. "It's not as if journalism was a lifelong goal of mine. I did not work for the Spectrum. I did not work for the UB radio station. I never took any journalism courses either in undergraduate or graduate school. I just sort of fell into it after graduate school and, to my amazement, I discovered I had a knack for it."
Unsure of what he really wanted to do, Blitzer majored in American history. "I always liked history, politics, current events and world affairs. And history seemed, from my high school days, to be something that I was pretty good at. When I looked at the various majors, history became my first choice. UB in those days had excellent history professors, which I'm sure they still do. Professor Adler, Professor Plesur, Professor Yearley, they were very significant parts of my life. It turned out to be a good major."
Indeed, it proved to be an education that he has carried with him to his award-winning reporting. "What I really learned in history at Buffalo was the whole notion of revisionist history-that there's a conventional wisdom of what happened, and then a group of historians will come out and start revising that history and come up with a totally different explanation for what happened and back it up with original research and sources. It was the first experience that I had learning about revisionism and history," he explains.
"It's something that I see happening even today," he says. "For example, I went out and covered the Iraq War in March and April. There was an initial assessment of what happened and what didn't happen. And even now [six months later], we're getting a revisionist history of [those events]. I was thinking about that the other day. The lessons I learned about scholarship and history in Buffalo are still very much a part of my life today."
After UB, Blitzer pursued a master of arts degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He "fell into" the role of reporter when he seized an opportunity and went on to an 18-year career as a print journalist for the Reuters News Agency in Tel Aviv and as the Washington correspondent for the Jerusalem Post.
After reporting on a wide range of major breaking stories around the world and authoring two books, Blitzer made the transition to television in 1990. "I had been a guest on a lot of TV shows throughout the '80s, whether the McNeil-Lehrer Report, Nightline or CNN, so it was a slow introduction into the world of broadcast journalism," he says.
As CNN's military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon, Blitzer was sent to Moscow, where he became one of the first western correspondents to be invited into the KGB headquarters to view the agency's intelligence operations. He subsequently reported on the transition of power from Mikhail Gorbachev to Boris Yeltsin and on the state of the Soviet military.
Soon after, the name Wolf Blitzer entered the public consciousness through his tireless coverage of the Gulf War, reporting as many as 12 times a day from the field and bringing CNN into its own as a news power. He subsequently served as CNN's senior White House correspondent, covering President Bill Clinton from his election in November 1992 until 1999.
Today, he is the anchor of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, a weekday evening broadcast focusing on the day's top news, featuring live interviews with leading newsmakers and live debriefings with correspondents around the world. He also hosts Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, the only Sunday talk show seen in more than 212 countries and territories.
Blitzer notes that his strong worldwide network of contacts has been a career-long development. "You're only as good as your reputation," he says. "People are not going to confide in you and give you sensitive information if they think you're going to mishandle it and betray them. My feeling is that you treat your sources with respect as you treat your viewers with respect."
Hailing the Alumni Choice Speaker on the evening of October 2, outgoing UB President William R. Greiner acknowledged Blitzer's continued support and interest in his alma mater. His most recent donation is the gift of his speaking fee to UB's new Institute for Jewish Thought, an interdisciplinary center for the study of Jewish intellectual history. The gift will endow a lecture series at the institute to honor his late father, David Blitzer. Wolf Blitzer's wife of 30 years, Lynn, and his mother, Cesia, were in attendance.
"Life is great," he concludes in the interview from his Washington office. "I get up in the morning and look forward to going to work. It's a dream come true when you think about it."
He chuckled when he recalled his start in the business. "One of my old professors said to me, 'Do you want to be a foreign correspondent?' And I said, 'You know what? That sounds pretty good. Maybe that would be fun.' And one thing led to another. I started covering stories-terrorism, war-and I've been doing it for 30 years. Not too shabby."
''Real Interview'' with Wolf Blitzer
Today’s guest is Wolf Blitzer, anchor of Wolf Blitzer Reports and Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. He’s a world renown newsman and I’m humbled to have him with me.
Wolf Blitzer: I’m very happy to be here. Always happy to help out a young guy like yourself. Have you been watching CNN lately?
PDR: I catch a little bit now and then.
WB: Things are getting good these days, aren’t they?
PDR: Getting good? How do you mean?
WB: I just mean that there’s constant excitement and imaginative plots on the news these days. I never know where the writers are going to take things next. They’re really pulling out all the stops.
PDR: Writers? (laughs) That’s a good one.
WB: What’s a good one?
PDR: (pause) You know, about the writers.
WB: Uh… sure. Anyway, like I was saying, we’ve got some crazy stories going these days. I really recommend that all your readers check it out to see what’s cooking.
PDR: Wait… You know that you’re… that show you do… it’s real.
WB: Yeah, I know what you mean. They’re so good at writing that it’s hard not to get sucked in and believe the whole thing.
PDR: No, I mean, that’s the thing. You’re on the news. You guys report about the stuff that is really happening in the world. The real stuff.
WB: Yeah, I think I heard one of the writers say one time that we get most of our ideas from real stuff. You know “ripped from today’s headlines” and all that stuff. But I think we do it tastefully. Our stories are realistic because they’re based on the kind of things that people really can go through.
PDR: No! They’re what people really are going through!
WB: I remember one time I tried to pitch a storyline to the director. It was about this airplane that got taken over by a streetgang. They were going to use it to fight their rival gang who had taken over a train. I remember the head gang member was going to be named Ace and he was going to be in love with the preacher’s daughter…
PDR: Sigh. I’m not even listening to you anymore.
WB: Yeah, they told me to just stick to reading what I was supposed to read. I wasn’t upset about it, I mean their the writers, y’know? I’m already the star of the show. I’m not going to throw a hissy-fit just because they don’t let me write a storyline or two.
PDR: What the chunks is your problem?
WB: My problem? I don’t have much of a problem with the way they’re running things actually. I mean, I wouldn’t mind if they gave my character a romantic interest, or maybe introduced my arch nemesis. That’d be fun. A real chance to explore my depth.
PDR: You’re an insane person.
WB: But you have to love my name. Wolf Blitzer. I have to thank the writers for that one.
PDR: No! No you don’t! It’s your real name! There are no writers! You’ve got a cool name, yes, but it is really yours!
WB: Heh. Of course there are writers. If there weren’t, how would my lines get onto the teleprompter?
PDR: Okay, there’s got to be some kind of writers who put together the words that you read. I don’t know how the news works, I guess you or someone else needs to prepare the dialouge.
WB: Not me, I told you already how that worked out. The writers do it.
PDR: But the stories are real! They’re non-fiction! They happened.
WB: You know, I think you’d be perfect for a role on the news.
PDR: C’mon, man, you don’t understand. You’re a… wait, wha?
WB: Yeah, for sure! You could play a victim of some horrible accident.
PDR: I don’t think I like the sounds of that.
WB: No? Well you could play a reporter, I bet.
PDR: Huh. I like where you’re going with this…
WB: Or maybe you could play someone who blew something up! They love that kind of stuff. You’d be all over the show for a while.
More fun stuff about Wolf Blitzer
He really is “Mrs. Blitzer’s little boy Wolf,” named for his grandfather. Blitzer was born in Buffalo, N.Y. He majored in history at SUNY Buffalo and spent the summer of 1968 studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He went on to earn a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. Although he never studied journalism in college, Blitzer was intrigued by a program offered by Reuters news agency. He applied, was accepted, and went back to Israel, this time learning the ropes as a young reporter in Tel Aviv. He went on to become the Washington correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and spent 15 years reporting from the nation’s capital. He joined CNN as military-affairs reporter in 1990 and was among the network team that won a CableACE award for their Gulf War coverage. He also won an Emmy for his coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. Currently, he anchors Wolf Blitzer Reports and hosts Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer. He lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter.
Have mercy on us Wolf Blitzer!
Just an observation,
a rather longstanding,
about CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Many a time
I have been overwhelmed
by the endless
in the body of his questions
when conducting interviews,
that always seem to eat up
from what the guest
have the time
But seeing one of his interviews in print on Wizbang
to (playfully?) mock Wolf once again,
just 'cause it's so much fun.
[Ed: Wolf Blitzer is interviewing former US Secretary of Defense Cohen]
BLITZER: The question, I guess, because it's come up, did you have a machine, as many members of Congress have a handwriting machine, because they send out thousands of letters, send condolence letters to the families?
Holy get to the point, Batman! That's just for one question!
Depending on the subject and my passion for it, mea culpa, I know some of my pieces have been longer than maybe they should have been. And occasionally, I even warn and apologize to my readers in advance!
But that's also in the timeless, relaxed environment called print, and we can all come back to finish anything later on.
Therefore and thusly, has Wolf Blitzer ever learned how to edit himself down?
Or are we now already seeing the effects of a vast improvement?
Have mercy on us, Wolf.
Wolf Blitzer's interview with Hamid Karzai
Afghanistan's president said it's just a matter of time before Osama bin Laden is caught.
The most-wanted man in the world has been on the run for more than three years now. And while most experts believe he is hiding somewhere along the Afghan-Pakistan border, no one can find him. But Hamid Karzai told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that time will catch up with him.
Karzi said, "That no fugitive can run forever. We will get him sooner or later. Trust me on that, we will do it."
Karzai also expressed concern at his country's booming narcotics trade.
President Musharrad told Wolf Blitzer that he was against war in Iraq
President Pervez Musharrad told CNN in an interview broadcast on Sunday that “we are not withdrawing from anywhere,” when asked if it was true that Pakistani troops had been withdrawn from South Waziristan.
The president told Wolf Blitzer, the interviewer, that Pakistani forces had only been relocated. He also said that the terrorists had been removed from their bases. “We have killed hundreds of them. We have smashed them completely.”
He said it was not a question of hunting one individual but all terrorists. He said the entire area is under Pakistan’s control and the intelligence was effective and had helped the Pakistani forces locate and hunt down the terrorists.
Asked if Osama Bin Laden was on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan, he replied that he could be on either side. He said the Pakistani army was “inside” all seven tribal agencies. Asked if the US forces on the Afghan side were also equally effective, he replied that they were doing very well, but there were not enough of them and they could not be in every area. Asked if he had carefully studied the most recent Bin Laden tape, he answered in the negative.
He rejected the suggestion that Bin Laden was in Iran, saying, “Not at all. We have no evidence.” When reminded that he had once said that Bin Laden was sick with kidney disease and was on dialysis, the president said, “I am confused.” Intelligence, he added, had said that he was on dialysis. However, what was certain was that the Al Qaeda leader was alive. “That I am sure of.”
He did not think that Bin Laden was in direct command and control of Al Qaeda operations since communications were being carefully monitored, implying that if Bin Laden tried to assume direct command and control, he would be found.
Told that the 9/11 Commission had described madrassas as “incubators of violence and extremism,” Gen Musharraf said that a reform strategy was in operation in Pakistan and working. He explained that some madrassas which in the past only imparted religious instruction had agreed to broaden their teaching courses so that students who passed out of them could join the mainstream and not just become religious teachers.
When informed that a recent report in the Chicago Tribune (reported by Daily Times in an earlier edition) had said that Osama Bin Laden was held in great esteem in Pakistan, the president said that Bin Laden is a feature among certain religious elements and a personality held in respect in certain pockets.
When told that according to a poll, 46 percent of Pakistanis had said that they supported suicide bombings against American forces in Iraq, Gen Musharraf questioned where this poll had taken place, pointing out that if this poll had taken place in Lahore and Karachi, a different picture would have emerged because the people there were “more enlightened”. He declared that at a mass level in Pakistan, there is a feeling against what is happening in Iraq.
Blitzer wanted to know if the United States was justified in removing Saddam Hussein Musharraf answered, “We were against it and now in hindsight we can see that we have landed in additional problems. But having said that, (I add) that Saddam was not a person who was loved in Iraq. He was very cruel, but inside a country, people do not like the visibility of foreign troops.”
Asked if the world was safe after Saddam, he replied that it was less safe. Asked again if the United States had made a mistake, he replied that in hindsight one could see that it had landed Washington in “more problems”. The interviewer asked if the US should pull out of Iraq. The president replied that it would create more problems, adding that steps should be taken to ensure that the situation was stabilised and that the forthcoming elections in Iraq were successful.
Gen Musharraf urged the resolution of problems that lay at the heart of such conflicts, making strong pleas for the resolution of the Palestinian problem. He referred to his discussions on this issue with President Bush, adding that Palestine was “on top of my agenda” when he met Bush. He felt that both sides in the conflict would need to show a “lot of flexibility”. He said that he was glad to say and he was very sure that President Bush was going to play an active role in resolving this issue.
The answer lay in the creation of two independent states. He added that he would like to help in any way he could because if this problem was solved, it would “bring harmony to the world” and “pull the rug” from under the feet of all other problems.
Asked about India and Pakistan and the current peace process, he referred to his meeting with the Indian prime minister in New York and said that he was both confident and “very optimistic”. The two of them, he reminded the interviewer, had agreed to explore “all options” relating to Kashmir. “I am fairly upbeat and we have to move ahead,” he added.
Asked if the Dr AQ Khan affair was an irritant in relations with the US, since access to him had been denied to American agencies, he fired back the question at Blitzer, asking why it should be an irritant. He asked if the IAEA could question Dr Khan better than “we can”, adding, “I don’t agree. There is also a domestic sensibility as he is a hero for Pakistani.”
He said Pakistan would not like to see the world interfering in its nuclear programme. There could be no outsiders. He rejected the suggestion that the US should be allowed to question Dr Khan, arguing that this amounted to a lack of faith in Pakistan. He said, “We are totally on board and we are passing on the information we get and there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind about it.”
He conceded that it was possible that Dr Khan had not given all the information but Pakistan would like to know what needed to be further explored with the scientist and it would do so. He emphatically denied that either the Pakistani civilian governments or the Pakistan military had any knowledge of Dr Khan’s operations. He said personally also he knew nothing, “nothing absolutely” about what was going on.
Answering another question, he said he was not apprehensive about his own safety because he was “too busy” and “overly concerned” with the job he was doing and he would “continue as long as it requires” He declared in reply to a question about democracy that Pakistan had held democratic elections and “I am fully satisfied” that there is democracy in Pakistan. Asked what his biggest fear was, he answered that it was the terrorism and militancy that had “polluted” the Pakistani society. Only a minority was extremist and his concern was that the moderate majority should hold sway and not the other way around.
Wolf Blitzer's interview with Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
Canada's military is stretched too thin to send troops to Iraq, but Ottawa would consider helping supervise the elections there in January, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Sunday.
In an interview on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer," Martin said that if asked, Canada is prepared to carry out training for the elections, and would also participate in the supervision of the election monitoring.
"Elections are very complicated processes if you have not been through them,"
Martin told Blitzer.
"We're prepared to participate in the supervision of the monitoring. This is an area in which Canada has a great deal of expertise."
He said no official requests have been made yet.
When asked about playing a military role in Iraq, Martin said the Canadian military is already stretched too thin, and could be taking on a new role in Afghanistan, and in African nations.
"We are increasing our troops going into Afghanistan. We are in Haiti, we are being asked to look at sending advisers into certain parts of Africa," he said.
"Our commitments are such that it would be very hard for us to commit troops into Iraq, especially with the potential reconstruction we are about to take on in Afghanistan.
When pushed on the issue, Martin said deployment would depend "on where we are asked to go."
"Iraq is very, very important. But so is Afghanistan," he said. "Canada intends to play a role where it can play a significant one."
Reacting to Martin's remarks, NDP Leader Jack Layton said: "It sounded to me like a lot of waffling answers. And it's unfortunate because the American people are going to wonder: where does Canada really stand now?"
Layton said Martin should have given a categorical "no" to Canadian troops in Iraq.
The big picture
The CNN interview with Martin comes just days after U.S. President George Bush made his first official visit to Canada.
The visit was seen partly as an attempt to warm relations between the two countries, which were damaged after former prime minister Jean Chretien decided against sending Canadian troops to join the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.
In the CNN interview, Martin was asked about Canada's relationship with the U.S. in light of anti-Bush protests, which included the burning of the American flag.
"The very kinds of actions that you've been talking about in terms of the American flag I've seen on television, probably on CNN, the same kind of actions took place in the United States where people were outraged," Martin fired back.
The prime minister said there has been disagreements with the United States, and expects there will be future ones. "But that doesn't mean there isn't a huge bond our friendships between our countries," Martin said.
During last week's visit, there had been speculation that Bush might announce a timetable for an end to a U.S. ban on Canadian cattle products. That didn't happen.
The one issue that ended up grabbing headlines wasn't even on the official agenda: missile defence.
The topic was raised with Martin during talks in Ottawa last Tuesday, and publicly on Wednesday when Bush made a major foreign policy speech to an audience at Halifax's Pier 21.
Martin responded by reiterating he was against the "weaponization of space."
Wolf Blitzer is not a robot...
American big media CEOs are by nature Republican. While the myth of the "liberal media" is still sustained (albeit to lesser amounts these days with the advent of Fox News and the powerful right-wing media machine), any outside observer will notice that media coverage in the United States leans to the right, usually towards Republicanism. The biases of individual reporters, commentators or anchors do not matter as much as the leanings of the head honchos running the show. If Time Warner's CEO or the chiefs at CNN's political division want their news to favor the incumbent or the current administration holding power, then it surely will, for job security these days is more important than the merits of journalistic integrity to the pampered pundit class.
But what of the individual personalities providing the face for the network? Who do they support?
Wolf's not a robot, but he plays one on TV. His monotonic voice, ridiculously short stature, and toeing of the Pentagon's line at all times, work to create a surprisingly capable Soviet-Unionesque propaganda powerhouse for such a diminutive figure. Since Bush is in power and Blitzer would not step to that, Blitzer is voting... Bush.