Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Catapulting the Propaganda again

CNN.com - U.S. military admits error in news releases - Jul 25, 2005:
The U.S. military expressed regret Monday for issuing news releases about two separate attacks in Iraq that included almost identical quotes attributed to an unidentified Iraqi.
[...]
From July 24:
''The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF and all of Iraq. They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists,'' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified.
From July 13:
''The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the children and all of Iraq,'' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified. ''They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists.''
The one-Iraqi-who-prefers-not-to-be-identified sure gets around, and sure sounds like he gets his talking points from Karl Rove. Although he should be reprimanded for forgetting to point out that "they hate our freedom".
But no one is stupid enough to believe a press release from Rumsfeld's Pentagon, are they? It should now be clear that they have all the credibility of Baghdad Bob (or any official department of war propaganda catapultation).
blue flightsuit
But don't worry, because soon we'll all join our
Dear Leader in proudly saying
"Mission Accomplished" and we'll thank him
for his wonderful prescience & shepherding skills.
Baa Baa.
Bah.
TBL

2 comments:

andym said...

I like your site, sir. Although, being a Canadian, your country's use of blue to denote being on the left of the political spectrum is confusing. Up here, the colours are reversed, and Blue is conservative. Ah well, we all pee standing up, right? The menfolk, anyways.

True Blue Liberal said...

Back at the beginning of the year I wrote a few entries about America's ahistorical use of color. It seems like it was an aesthetic choice of a TV news art director rather than any traditional glance back to the traditions of Europe. The Wikipedia article on political colo(u)r was also very interesting.
Whatever the history, the red/blue color division now seems etched in stone in the USA (and I like blue, so it's OK with me).