From Monday’s “The Situation Room” transcript:
WOLF BLITZER: I want you to explain what you know about this suggestion, FOX News reporting that you, a Reuters crew, some other journalists were effectively used by Gadhafi as a human shield to prevent allied fighter planes from coming in and attacking a certain position. Explain what you know about this.
CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT NIC ROBERTSON: Wolf, this allegation is outrageous, and it’s absolutely hypocritical.
When you come to somewhere like Libya, you expect lies and deceit from a dictatorship here. You don’t expect it from the other journalists. Why do I say that? Because FOX News has said that they didn’t send somebody on this trip last night because they said it was a — quote, unquote — “propaganda trip.”
They sent a member of their team. He was non-editorial. He was non-technical, not normally a cameraman. He was given a camera by the team and told to come out and come on the bus with the 40 other journalists who were there who were free to get on the bus, free to get off the bus when they wanted, told us when he was on the bus that even he, this member of the FOX team, was surprised that the correspondent and the normal cameraman weren’t coming out, that he was being sent, this isn’t his normal job, that he was being sent.
So that’s why I say what FOX is saying is outrageous and hypocritical. And the idea that we were some kind of human shields is nuts. I mean, if they had actually been there — Steve Harrigan, the correspondent here, is somebody I have known for many years. I see him more times at breakfast than I see him out on trips with government officials here.