Names of Iraq War Dead read on ABC Show
“This was never intended to be about us,” he said, “and for all the controversy swirling around the program, tonight is just going to be about the men and women who have died in the war in Iraq.”
When the names had been read, Koppel closed by saying, “Our goal tonight was to elevate the fallen above the politics and the daily journalism ….”
The reading of the names, he added, “was neither intended to provoke opposition to the war, nor was it meant as an endorsement.”
Still, some observers question ABC’s motives and many stations boycotted the show.