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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Bloggers Attack the Largest News Agency in the World

For the past six weeks irate, right-wing bloggers have been accusing the Associated Press of faking news. Based on information the US government provided, the bloggers alleged AP's agenda was to paint a bleak picture of sectarian violence in Iraq. That came to an end recently when the US military admitted it had lied about a news source.

It all began in November, after AP ran a story about six Sunnis being attacked and burned to death by Shiites at a mosque. The AP story included a line about a source. The U.S. military, and the Iraq government, said the source never existed. The governments said that AP’s source on the story was made-up. They claimed the story was fabricated.

Conservative bloggers used the official story, that the witness never existed, to attack AP. Bloggers got busy criticizing the media. The blogsphere buzzed with posts about the left-wing bias of news reporting. They used the story to illustrate Western media’s alleged bias towards presenting Iraq in the worst possible light.

Then this week the US reversed its earlier denial and announced that the source was actually legitimate and that the story about six Sunnis being attacked and burned to death by Shiites at a mosque was true.

The rally by right-wing bloggers brings up questions. Who was behind the bloggers’ rally to attack AP? Why did the story, which received so much Internet traffic, get almost no coverage in mainstream media? Why did the US and Iraq governments deny the existence of the source? In the end, the governments’ denials, and the campaign against a credible news organization by right-wing online activists, shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, the war was initiated by fooling US citizens, and the media, into a battle using a campaign of misinformation and half truths, by a leader who still doesn’t know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite. In the words of a confused G.W. Bush “Fool me once…fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slight of hand. Misdirection.The Wizard of Oz. Here's more on Brad and Angelina.Its just the next step in the end game.Make your peace with the God of your choosing
Allah Akbar
God is Great

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, this has its roots in a much deeper American history.

In Vietnam the prevailing, mainstream view was that we were in a hopeless quagmire. But some conservatives and many soldiers felt that there actually had been a chance of success, but that they were betrayed by domestic politics back home. Thus started the myth that the mainstream media is the enemy, and that it will report news that makes our military and government look bad with no regard for the consequences.

Many Americans seem to be in a political equivalent of 'Vietnam II' when it comes to Iraq, and are reacting to things decades old rather than anything currently going on in Iraq. Conservatives look for reasons to prove that the mainstream media is biased, while others consider the conservatives as putting their own spin on things. This issue was further heightened by the successful proof that Dan Rathers did, in fact, release false information at a politically important time.

All of which just goes to show that you should take just about anything you read with a grain of salt. There doesn't have to be an honest conspiracy behind it, but rather a worldview and mindset that may be years in the making.

2:40 PM  

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