Retired General Tours Guantanamo, Tells CNN Media Portrayal Wrong

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on June 29, 2005

Retired Major General Donald Shepperd toured the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on Friday and…in a phone interview from Cuba on CNN…Shepperd asserted: “The impressions that you’re getting from the media and from the various pronouncements being made by people who have not been here, in my opinion, are totally false.” Shepperd contended that “what we’re seeing is a modern prison system with dedicated people, interrogators and analysts that know what they are doing. And people being very, very well-treated.”

But when Shepperd reported that he had observed an interrogation, anchor Betty Nguyen inquired: “Kind of explain to us how that played out. And were there any instances of abuse or possible abuse?” Shepperd responded: “Absolutely not.”

For the entire transcript, click here.


Questions

Why do you think CNN anchor Betty Nguyen asked Shepperd if there were any instances of abuse or possible abuse when he had just said that detainees were being very, very well-treated?