Thursday, March 13, 2008

Somebody Didn't Like That First Report

Did anybody else notice the dramatic shift in the reporting on the "No al-Qaeda Links to Saddam Report"? Tom Gjelten's Wednesday's ATC report opened by putting the report squarely in the context of the false assertions of a Hussein-al-Qaeda connection that was made by team Bush in launching the invasion of Iraq back in 2003. That is the news, isn't it? Not bad for NPR.

Then on Morning Edition today Gjelten reports on the same story, but this time the deceit of the administration is completely downplayed and what is emphasized is how connected to "terrorism" the Hussein regime was (just not of the al-Qaeda variety)! Funny how the planned use of car bombs and foreign assassination plots were described as al-Qaeda-like terrorism. What do you call it when Israel or the United States do the same things?


Porter Melmoth said...

I have a feeling that, sometime around mid-morning, Gjelten got called into somebody's office for a talking-to.

Porter Melmoth said...

Excuse me, I don't mean mid-morning. It was probably a 3 AM phone call that did the trick.

big!pink!fuzzy!bunny! said...


Right, the only way NoPR (or the rest of the mass media) will start speaking truth to power is when it's expedient & 'hip' to do so (because that's what the money would be on).

And of course that would be after someone at the Fed. Gov. (or someone who does their thinking for them) signed a notice to proceed.