Wednesday, January 09, 2008

FANTASY LAND: US Media

The NY Times is perplexed by the recent killing of two US soldiers by a member of the Iraqi military.

"Maybe this man is mad," Mr. Askari said. "Maybe he is suffering psychological problems."

"The motive behind what he did or how close he was to any insurgent activity is still unclear. We continue to look into every nook and cranny of this investigation."

But the rest of the world gets another story altogether. Col. Hazim al-Juboory, uncle of the attacker Kaissar Saady al-Juboory, told IPS that his nephew at first watched the U.S. soldiers beat up an Iraqi woman. When he asked them to stop, they refused, so he opened fire.

The witness said the U.S. captain began to shout at his soldiers and the women, and his men then started to grab the women and pull them by their hair.

"The soldier we knew later to be Kaissar shouted at the Americans, 'No, No,' but the captain shouted back at the Iraqi soldier," the witness told IPS. "Then the Iraqi soldier shouted, 'Let go of the women you sons of bitches,' and started shooting at them."

Luckily the NY Times spares us all that useless information.
from: http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/07/6221/

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Reading about the recent meeting of the Arab League in a foreign paper gets you information on its strong condemnation of Israeli settlements:
-from China View:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-01/07/content_7375319.htm

But reading the NY Times lobotomized reporting, all references to the settlements disappear! The meeting was all about Lebanon:
-from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/07/world/middleeast/07arab.html?ref=middleeast

The NY Times carefully omits criticism of Israel's actions in the West Bank, caring more about protecting Israel's image than in reporting the news accurately to US citizens.

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