Sunday, August 09, 2009

Blackwater Blackout

On Tuesday, August 4th Jeremy Scahill broke the story about two sworn statements implicating Blackwater (now Xe) founder Erik Prince in the murder of employees or former employees who were cooperating in the federal investigation of Blackwater. He also revealed that sworn statements indicated that Blackwater was organized and run as an anti-Muslim, Christian identity paramilitary force. By any measure this is a major news story. It was picked up by ABC, Boston Herald, CNN, the Times, etc. Of course, DemocracyNow! featured Scahill the next day for a substantial interview and Scahill also was promptly featured on Olberman's Countdown on MSNBC. How about our nation's public radio news? I'll give you a hint it's less than one...


Jay Schiavone said...

Cokie will dismiss this controversy, with a chuckle, tomorrow morning. Look how she handled the town meeting imbroglio:

Anonymous said...

NPR will wait until Prince gets indicted to report this story.

Anything less will not be reported.

That's their pattern: "Ignore a controversial story until you can no longer do so without looking dishonest/foolish/biased out the yin yang".

NPR has raised the method to an art form.

They did it on pre-war Iraqi WMD (although they waited a little too long on that one and got egg all over their face -- but STILL excused themselves with the "No one could have known" defense.)

They recently did it on the story about the jailed reuters photographer Ibrahim Jassam.

These decisions (decision NOT to report a story) are not made by 'accident". They are quite purposeful and my guess is, probably come from very high up in management at NPR (perhaps even from the CEO).

WarOnWarOff said...

Watched Iraq For Sale last week and it's just amazing how this story of the Republican party's massive war profiteering has been swept under the rug.

Mike C. said...

Wasn't this on the top of the hour news this weekend, or is my local station mixing in the BBC?

Anonymous said...

Republican party's massive war profiteering has been swept under the rug.

It's not simply the Republican party.

If it were, Congress would be much more interested in this stuff.

As it stands, hardly anyone in Congress is. Certainly not Nancy Pelosi and her (faux) "progressive" pals.