[Whitney Houston] and the Florida Orchestra weren't technically lip syncing. She sang, but her microphone was off. The orchestra played, but the musicians weren't even sitting down and made as much sound as mice.
In the name of troop safety, reporters can go only where governments tell them they can go, and they travel with military escorts. There's no telling what the reporters don't see, what their escorts don't show them.
This is not to say you don't get any of the truth. You get the truth pressed through Uncle Sam's sieve, with all the lumps, real and unpleasant, smoothed away. You don't get an unplanned word from anybody - just as we didn't get a single sour note from Whitney Houston and the orchestra.