March 19, 2013
The Wisdom Fund

The 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War

NBC Host Phil Donahue -- fired for opposing the war

In July 2002, MSNBC hired him to host a free-wheeling TV talk show, which hyped the return of Donahue. However, eight months later during the run-up to war with Iraq, behind-the-scenes pressure from the Bush White House - and a groundswell of conservative outrage - led MSNBC to give the anti-war TV talk-show host the boot.

It mattered little that Donahue had won nine Daytime Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1996. MSNBC claimed Donahue's ratings were too low to justify keeping the show on the air, even though Donahue was the highest rated show on MSNBC at the time it was canceled and beat out Chris Matthews's Hardball, which was then on CNBC.

After Donahue was cancelled, reported it had obtained a copy of an internal NBC memo that stated Donahue should be fired because he would be a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war."

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What Really Happened on 9/11

"The Spies Who Pushed for War," July 17, 2003

"Liars or Fools?," February 2, 2004

"Fallujah: Makings of a War Crime," November 6, 2004

"'US Caused More Deaths in Iraq Than Saddam'," June 25, 2005

"Iraq War: 'Supreme International Crime'," June 29, 2005

"The Enormous Cost of War," August 17, 2007

"Iraq: The Crime of the Century," December 10, 2009

"Iraq Occupation: Having To Say Goodbye," June 10, 2011

"'Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War'," February 18, 2013

. . . and the warmongers are preparing Americans for a repeat performance in Iran.

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