Hotel Chain Drops CNN over Sniper Video
A Midwest hotel chain has pulled CNN from the TV channel lineup in its guest rooms, saying the cable network was aiding terrorism with the broadcast of a video showing Iraqi snipers shooting at U.S. troops.
The broadcast, which aired Oct. 18 on CNN and CNN Headline News, featured portions of a tape the network said it obtained from a rebel group, Islamic Army of Iraq.
It crossed the line from journalism to propaganda, said James Thompson, president of Iowa-based Stoney Creek Hospitality Corp. ''It was shocking and repulsive,'' he said. ''Their actions supported terrorism.''
Comments from guests are running 3-to-1 in favor of the decision, Thompson said.
The chain has hotels in East Peoria, Moline, Quincy and Galena, Ill. Columbia and St. Joseph, Mo.; Des Moines and Waukon, Iowa, and La Crosse and Wausau, Wis.