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Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Roanoke Times Plays Catchup

You gotta love the guys and gals over at the Roanoke Times. They know how to read editorials in the big papers and to discern which opinions they should parrot. Not quickly enough but at least they got the party line right.

I might have had a little more respect for them if they had been the first to put forth this opinion, rather than the last.
Assault on the media

The Newsweek furor smacks of a concerted effort to subvert public confidence in one of the nation's traditional checks on political power: the press.

In the manufactured uproar over a retracted Newsweek story about the alleged desecration of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a few inconvenient facts have been conveniently ignored by all the president's men. (link)

If there is a concerted effort to subvert the press, oh members of the press, that effort is being led by Dan Rather, Jayson Blair, and Michael Isikoff. And is being followed close on by your sycophantic (and pitifully transparent) effort to suck up to the publishers at the New York Times, LA Times, and Washington Post.

What? You don't like it in Roanoke? Can't wait to work for a real paper?

Those three will, admittedly, appreciate your repeating their silly and unfounded allegations but the rest of America sees it for what it really is: a lame attempt at diverting attention away from the debacle soon to be forever known as Koran-in-the-toidy-gate.

And goofy excuses for Newsweek's having killed seventeen people won't fly either.
Newsweek gave the Pentagon an opportunity to fact check the piece before publication, which said a military report had confirmed that interrogators flushed pages of the Quran down a toilet to shake up a Muslim detainee.

Not until 10 days after publication, when the riots turned deadly, did the Pentagon call for a retraction.
You want people to believe that the government forced Newsweek to print the article because it took too long to track down the basis for the story? How foolish is that?

But you couldn't leave us with just the foolish or incomprehensible. You had to revert to your classic anti-Americanism.
As U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., points out in a letter to McClellan and published on today's Commentary page, Guantanamo detainees have been alleging exactly such incidents of Quran desecration since at least March 2003.
For those of you who don't know the name, John Conyers is a moron who's always taken the side of our enemies, foreign and domestic.

More importantly, what does it say about the editorial staff at the Roanoke Times that they would trust the word of "Guantanamo detainees" (otherwise known as Muslim terrorists) over that of the United States military?

It says they are what they are. President Bush famously said, "You're either with us or you're against us." It's clear which side the Times staff has chosen.


There are those in this country who would have you believe that we somehow created the terrorists around the world who are wreaking havoc on innocent women and children. Had we not had our corporations exploit poor workers in Honduras and had our military not thrown around its power in far-off Afghanistan, the Europeans and the Arab world wouldn't have a problem with us.

But animals like this aren't particularly interested in who were are or where we've been. They are blinded by what we represent. Civilization.
Zarqawi Purportedly Sanctions Murders Of the Innocent
BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the New York Sun

WASHINGTON - An audiotape that surfaced yesterday, purportedly from the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, explicitly sanctions the murder of Muslim women and children if they stand in the way of Jihad.

"God ordered us to attack the infidels by all means," the voice claiming to be Mr. Zarqawi said in the recording found in Cairo. The man went further, saying the slaying was justified, "even if armed infidels and unintended victims - women and children - are killed together." (link)

There are also those who have written that we should look at the world from the point of view of the terrorists; that we would gain insight into their ways of thinking. Gain understanding.

No. Kill them. Every one. Starting with this monster.

David Brooks Provides Cover For Newsweek

Even though you now write for the once-venerable New York Times, you still garnered respect from many of us who, like you, consider ourselves conservatives. That respect dwindles rapidly when you throw your objectivity to the wind and come running to the defense of Newsweek.

They killed seventeen people, Dave.

Instead of seeing any reason for criticism, you blame: The Left. The Right. George W Bush.

Good grief.
Bashing Newsweek


Maybe it won't be so bad being cut off from the blogosphere. I look around the Web these days and find that Newsweek's retracted atrocity story has sent everybody into cloud-cuckoo-land. Every faction up and down the political spectrum has used the magazine's blunder as a chance to open fire on its favorite targets, turning this into a fevered hunting season for the straw men.

Many of my friends on the right have decided that the Newsweek episode exposes the rotten core of the liberal media. Dennis Prager, who is intelligent 99 percent of the time, writes, "Newsweek is directly responsible for the deaths of innocents and for damaging America." Countless conservatives say the folks at Newsweek were quick to believe the atrocity tales because they share the left-wing, post-Vietnam mentality. On his influential blog, Austin Bay writes that the coastal media "presume the worst about the U.S. military - always make that presumption."

Meanwhile, the left side of the blogosphere has erupted with fury over the possibility that American interrogators might not have flushed a Koran down the toilet. The Nation and leftish Web sites are in a frenzy to prove that the story is probably true even if Newsweek is retracting it.

Then I click my mouse over to the transcripts of administration statements and I can't believe what I'm seeing. We're in the middle of an ideological war against people who want to destroy us, and what have the most powerful people on earth become? Whining media bashers. They're attacking Newsweek while bending over backward to show sensitivity to the Afghans who just went on a murderous rampage.

Talk about the bigotry of low expectations. (link)
As if there is an either-or situation here. The administration can't be tough on terrorists and murderers while, at the same time, criticize Newsweek for being reckless and irresponsible?

And as for your attack on conservatives for their - our - belief that the need for Newsweek to write the bogus Koran story was based on an anti-American, anti-military, anti-Vietnam War mentality that pervades the mainstream media, you are wrong. The evidence is in the number of times your newspaper has written articles about an isolated incident that occurred in a prison a few years ago involving a handful of American soldiers who intimidated a small number of terrorists who were in their charge.

The Newsweek story resulted in the deaths of seventeen people, Dave. Had the New York Times, your employer, written that the victims had been forced to wear panties on their heads before they were killed - would that make you see the imbalance here?

Talk about low expectations. I'm beginning to have that attitude toward your ability to make reasonable judgements about your pals in the Media.