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Newsweek: A Case Study in Hypocrisy in the Media, the US Gov't, and the Muslim World

May 19, 2005

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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.

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  • Vicky June 3, 2005 1:38 pm

    Bible shredders –
    While the Muslim world is in an uproar about accounts of Westerners desecrating the Quran, a Christian human rights group says that Muslims in Saudi Arabia often confiscate Bibles from visitors and put them into a paper shredder. ASSIST NEWS quotes a missionary:
    “It’s a very well-known fact that if you have a Bible at customs when you enter the airport, and if they find the Bible, that the Bible is taken and put in the shredder. If you have more than one Bible you will be taken into custody, and if you have a quantity of Bibles you will be given 70 lashes for sure — you could even be executed.”
    ASSIST is also reporting that Saudi Arabia is currently engaged in a major crackdown on Christians in that country, with at least 46 and possibly over 100 Christians arrested, mostly imported workers from India.