Saturday, October 21, 2006
Might I Suggest
In reporting on the troubles in Amarah, Iraq yesterday, NPR continued its use of the phrase "anti-American cleric" to describe the fundamentalist anti-occupation leader/cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. I had to laugh. Hey NPR - guess what? - "Anti-American" is meaningless in the context of Iraq because, according to polling data, most Iraqis would fit that description: 90% wouldn't want us as neighbors (!) and 61% approve of attacks on US troops (the percentage would be much higher if the Kurds were excluded from the survey). I have an idea, NPR, how about only noting it when someone supports the occupation. The reporter could say "The uncommon pro-American" leader Mr. So-and-So spoke to us in the Green Zone today."