Media Coverage of War

April 27, 1999

Last week, Pacifica reporters Jeremy Scahill and Amy Goodman turned down a citation from the Overseas Press Club for the documentary "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship." They rejected the honor in protest of the Overseas Press Club’s agreement that reporters would not be permitted to ask questions of U.S. special envoy to Yugoslavia Richard Holbrooke, the event’s keynote speaker, despite the fact he is a major player in the current war in Yugoslavia.

When Jeremy tried to question Holbrooke, Tom Brokaw, the event’s master of ceremonies, told him to sit down and be quiet, and 60-Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl, who was present, later said that this "was not the time, nor the place" for questions.

At the event Amy got a chance to interview CNN anchor Frank Sesno about media coverage of the war–and particularly about CNN’s practice of putting former military officials on the payroll, while ignoring the voices of the peace movement.


  • Frank Sesno, CNN Anchor, interviewed at the Overseas Press Club’s 60th Anniversary dinner at New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.