Newsweek: A Case Study in Hypocrisy in the Media, the US Gov't, and the Muslim World
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That Newsweek may or may not have gotten wrong whether some GIs flushed a copy of the Koran down the toilet is frankly, the least interesting part of the story.
What is more interesting is the incredible, audacious hypocrisy of:
— a cowed media that apologizes for this tiny story while allowing the Big Lies of this Administration to continue
— an Administration that hyperbolically attacks a possible small detail that is wrong as a way to hide the far bigger truth (just like when they attacked Dan Rather)
— a Muslim world that cares more about books than people
— an Administration that cries crocodile tears over the lost lives of a few protestors against the US when it couldn’t give a damn about the tens of thousands of innocent civilians we have killed and continue to kill in the War to Occupy Iraq
— the fact that General Myers, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (the highest-ranked military officer), and Lieutenant General Eikenberry, the Commander of the Combined Forces in Afghanistan, have reported, following an investigation, that “the political violence was not, in fact, connected to the magazine report”
I am not shocked by much. But when the Pentagon spokesman says, “People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said”, and when the 24-hour news channels (CNN and MSNBC, as well as the Fox Propaganda Channel), who refused to report the “smoking gun” memo, proving Bush lied to get us into war — a memo that was a major factor in the British elections — are now reporting this 24 hours a day, you have to take notice.
Will we ever have a free press in this country?
The Soviet Tass and Pravda similarly tried to protect their Governments with carefully crafted stories, but the Soviet Union is gone. George Orwell’s 1984 is alive and well in America.