Wednesday, May 18, 2005

That's Quite Enough!

This completely bullshit Newsweek flap has gone WAY too fucking far. Yes, the MSM is terrible at almost everything - real reporting, actual sources, covering stories that matter. But in the case of the Koran flushing incident, Bush's forced indignation is too much for me to bear. This administration's insistence that the media is to blame for fucking everything that he does demonstrates a deeper personality defect, doesn't it? Do you think that George Bush might have such a deep cognitive dissonance such that he wouldn't be able to sleep knowing that he's directly responsible for over 100,000 deaths? Instead, his brain has convinced him that it's not his fault. A few bad apples, or the liberal media, or John Kerry.

This week it's all the liberal media.

Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, said at his televised noon briefing that the magazine should decide for itself how to undo what he called the "serious consequences" and "lasting damage" from its reporting, but he repeatedly offered a suggestion.
Let's remake that sentence - "...that the administration should decide for itself how to undo what he called the "serious consequences" and "lasting damage" from its decision to start an unprovoked war based on lies." How does that sit with you, Scotty? Let's face it, Newsweek wouldn't have any Koran flushing incidents if you didn't have the Guantanamo Bay torture center prison and Abu Ghraib. And that's the real shame of this, isn't it? There is real torture going on every single day - today! - which has been reported on time and time again. Bush always manages to find a way to blame it on someone else, whether it's footsoldiers or generals, but never on his team, Rumsfeld, Gonzales or the CIA. And if the media reports on that torture, it's the media's fault for not minding its own business. This shit is real, and whether or not this one isolated Koran thing really happened or not could not be more irrelevant. When the media (finally) shines some light into the darkness of Bush's evil, you should stop the evil, not turn off the light.
"One way is to point out what the policies and practices of our United States military are," Mr. McClellan said. "Our United States military personnel go out of their way to make sure that the Holy Koran is treated with care."

Newsweek declined to comment on Mr. McClellan's statement that the magazine should help repair the damage to the United States' image abroad.
That first part is a lie. Here's a fact:
Mr. al-Mutairi said there were three major hunger strikes in his more than three years of imprisonment at Guantánamo. He said that after one of them, a protest of guards' handling of copies of the Koran, which had been tossed into a pile and stepped on, a senior officer delivered an apology over the camp's loudspeaker system, pledging that such abuses would stop. Interpreters, standing outside each prison block, translated the officer's apology.

A former interrogator at Guantánamo, in an interview with The Times, confirmed the accounts of the hunger strikes, including the public expression of regret over the treatment of the Korans.
The second part, that it's Newsweek's responsibility to repair the damage of the United States' reputation? How removed from reality is McClelland? Let's assume that the Newsweek story IS completely bunk, that they just made it up to sabotage the "war on terror." Do you think that the riot started in a vacuum? Or is at least possible that perhaps the United States' policies of propping up dictators in the region in exchange for cheap oil, for invading Iraq, for supporting Israel unequivocally, for torturing innocent people in Saddam Hussein's own torture chamber might have them all riled up in the first place? No? That's not possible? OK. It's all Newsweek's fault.

Of course, maybe, just maybe they're only manufacturing their hypocritical outrage to once again attack the first amendment and a free and independent press. Do you think?
Republicans close to the White House said that although President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were genuinely angered by the Newsweek article, West Wing officials were also exploiting it in an effort to put a check on the press.

"There's no expectation that they're going to bring down Newsweek, but there is a feeling that there is no check on what you guys do," said one outside Bush adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to be identified as talking about possible motives of the White House.
There's no check on the press. Those cocksuckers can just write whatever they damn well please. Someone needs to set up an office in the White House to which all the newspapers should submit their stories before they go to print. A Ministry of Truth, if you will, to make sure that everything in the press is in line with the fantasy world that Bush inhabits.

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