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Sunday, March 05, 2006

No Glenn, they'll blame you

No big deal, right?

Instahack comes up with this gem.


In a recent press briefing General George Casey (the commander of Multinational Forces in Iraq) countered virtually every inflated claim made by the media regarding Iraq's recent "civil war" in the wake of the Shrine bombing in Samarra. But there are significant disconnects between what Gen Casey said and how his words are reported. . . .

The media is free to dispute the General's claims - that's expected of them. But in this case they aren't, they are simply using his words selectively in a manner that supports their own previously published fictions. There's no law that says U.S. media outlets are required to report accurately or completely on comments made by military or government officials. Likewise there are no requirements for media outlets to acknowledge that they are printing unverified claims made by "other parties" in the war as confirmed "news" - as was the case in the aftermath of the Shrine bombing (See here and here). But consumers of those reports should be aware of their flaws.

The press had better hope we win this war, because if we don't, a lot of people will blame the media.

Blame the media? You mean the one which doesn't report on the racist way US troops treat Iraqi? Which overlooks kidnappings of women and children? You know, war crimes?

This fiction that the media is making shit up needs to stop now.

The fact is that Bush went to war without the support of the American people and never got it. People said they supported the war, but they didn't. When asked, young Republicans offered excuse after excuse on why they wouldn't or couldn't enlist. Mostly because they didn't want to lose a leg in Iraq, when someone could.

The mnedia didn't make up the exploding divorce rate, the criminal treatment of wounded vets and their screwed up pay.

If Instacracker had moral courage, he'd pick up a copy of Stars and Stripes, which is filled with anti-war sentiment, from serving personnel in Iraq. I guess the media put them up to that as well.

I guess the creation of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is an invention of the media. I guess Cindy Sheehan's mechanic son didn't die in an ambush in Sadr City.

I guess the media hired the Heritage Foundation reject list to run the CPA in Iraq. I guess the media hired Shia militias and turned them into death squads. They also hired the kidnappers and IED makers.

No, blame for this war is the GOP's, and more specifically, the neocons who thought one makes war like one makes birthday wishes.

Did it ever occur to Glenn that Centcom lies like people breathe? That they have repeatedly lied.

Then we have some insane pro-war site doing CENTCOM's bidding.


CENTCOM Creates "Blog Team" To Scan Blogs
by georgia10
Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 12:12:33 PM PDT

Your tax dollars at work:

[Army Reserve Maj. Richard J. McNorton, CENTCOM's chief of engagement operations] said the team contacts bloggers to inform the writers about any given topic that may have been posted on their site. This outreach effort enables the team to offer complete information to bloggers by inviting them to visit CENTCOM's Web site for news releases, data or imagery.

The team engages bloggers who are posting inaccurate or untrue information, as well as bloggers who are posting incomplete information. They extend a friendly invitation to all bloggers to visit the command's Web site.

The team also has as its mission to spread "good stories":

"Now (online readers) have the opportunity to read positive stories. At least the public can go there and see the whole story. The public wants to hear these good stories," he said, adding that the news stories the military generates are "very factual." [...]

The team's motto is "Engage," and Flowers and others work with more than 250 bloggers to try to disseminate news about the good work being done by U.S. forces in the global war on terror. The effort, officials here said, has reached more than 17 million online readers.

The contacted bloggers, the press release states, are surprised that the info CENTCOM feeds them isn't presented in the "mainstream media" (CENTCOM's term, not mine). This newest effort, I think, should be viewed in the context of the military's PR blitz. Almost two months ago, the Army hired a PR firm to funnel "exclusive editorial content" to selected bloggers (diaried here).

And so, the military takes on a new role: concern troll.

Well, I bet the Iranian military has a similar site, the only different is that theirs isn't fiction.

Look, what matters more, painted schools or watching your women humilated by Americans?

posted by Steve @ 2:25:00 PM

2:25:00 PM

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