Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Making the Most of the Situation

You have to love how the White House, Republicans and right-wing like to scapegoat. I hesitate to mention the coverage of the Newsweek "retraction" since it's so bad. I'll leave that to Brian Montopoli. It's so much easier to blame the SCLM (So Called Liberal Media) for the "recent" demonstrations in the Muslim world than to mention the three and a half years of failed policy in Afghanistan and prison abuse (with photos to prove it). This incompetent Administration can now blame their 3.5 years of gross failure on one sentence (too bad Bush can't be held responsible for his one "yellow cake" sentence).

Interestingly, the last sentence in the front page article in the Washington Post had another possible reason for demonstrations in Pakistan:
Pakistani officials were stung last week when a cartoon in the Washington Times depicted a U.S. soldier patting an obedient dog labeled "Pakistan" after the capture of a senior al Qaeda leader. Dogs are considered unclean by many Muslims.
Of course since this is a right-wing media source they are off the hook.

The Post has FOUR different articles online about this and only ONE mentions that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Meyer, said that the recent demonstrations have nothing to do with the article. Or that the "retraction" is not a retraction of the content, just about the identity of the source. Don't believe me? Check for yourself:
Last Friday, a top Pentagon spokesman told us that a review of the probe cited in our story showed that it was never meant to look into charges of Qur'an desecration. The spokesman also said the Pentagon had investigated other desecration charges by detainees and found them "not credible." Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Qur'an incident in the report we cited, and said it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts. Top administration officials have promised to continue looking into the charges, and so will we.
This is a concerted effort to discredit the media generally, make no mistake. There is almost NOTHING that this administration is doing right and the facts are showing that. The only way out of this for the right-wing is to try to discredit the messengers. I don't say this lightly, but our democracy is in a lot of trouble.


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