No network had a correspondent in Zimbabwe for the election that the United States has denounced as "a sham." President Robert Mugabe finds himself unopposed after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew from the contest in order to protect his supporters from organized government violence after 90 of his supporters were killed. ABC covered the non-contest from Johannesburg. Jim Sciutto (embargoed link) characterized the election this way: "Back the dictator or face punishment, even death, at the hands of government thugs." CBS had Lara Logan handle the story from its Washington DC bureau. She quoted British newspaper reporter Chris McGreal of The Guardian, a rare foreign journalist in Harare: "On the streets of the townships there are armed militias moving around burning people out of their homes, if they think they are opposition supporters, beating people up and snatching women and raping them." NBC mentioned Zimbabwe only in passing.
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