These are the latest items of interest from Danny Schechter of the News Dissector:
NEWS DISSECTOR July 11, 2007
AL QUAEDA INCREASINGLY BLAMED IN WAR
BUSH MAY PULL NEW MANEUVER
MICHAEL MOORE’S WAR WITH CNN
As the war reages on and political support erodes, the war is being reframed as a contest with Al Qaeda to generate political support but stand by for some changes of tone and deceptive announcements in Washington. Its another chance to bash Bin Ladin.
BUSH RESPONDS TO WAR CRITICS
WASH POST: Bush Plans To Stress Next Phase In Iraq War
President Bush, facing a growing Republican revolt against his Iraq policy, has rejected calls to change course but will launch a campaign emphasizing his intent to draw down U.S. forces next year and move toward a more limited mission if security conditions improve, senior officials said yesterday
ALTERNET.ORG: U.S. Failing to Help Iraqi Translator and Family Targeted for Execution
By Maura Stephens. He thought he could rebuild his country by helping the Americans. Now an Iraqi translator and his family have been targeted for execution, and instead of helping, U.S. officials have trapped him in an endless Catch-22.
HOW AL QAEDA IS USED AND DEMONIZED AS CRAZED KILLERS
Notice how the media is increasingly labeling all of the resistance in Iraq as Al Qaeda driven to make it appear foreign inspired and to reinforce War on Terror propaganda that link the war subtly to 911.
The most outrageous report was filed by a reporter whose bravery I admire?Michael Yon. ”
In Baqubah Update 05-July-2007, I included an anecdotal report from an Iraqi official here in Baqubah about al Qaeda baking boys and serving them to their families. I made no further comment as to the veracity of the report, which readers will see had very few specifics.
However, in the context of al Qaeda savagery, the evidence of which is seen daily as our soldiers clear Baqubah and other areas of Al Qaeda, the report is not surprising. ?.”
He then backs away from endorsing the story while repeating the it:
“Whether the story of al Qaeda baking children is true or not, I do not know?”
BIN LADEN HAS DISAPPEARED. . . BUT AL QAEDEA IS EVERWHERE ( VIA UNDERNEWS)
MADDY SAUER, ABC NEWS BLOTTER – Early this week, as banners on extreme Islamist websites announced a message of good news to come shortly from Al Qaeda leadership, terrorism analysts and the media began speculating that it might be the first message in over a year from Osama bin Laden to his followers. As it turned out, it was yet another message from his top deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri that was more academic than threatening. Almost six years after the attacks of September 11th, bin Laden has continued to elude capture and has remained a thorn in the side of US anti-terror efforts. . .
The world last heard from bin Laden in June 2006 when he issued an audio statement praising the efforts of fellow terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi who had been recently killed in Iraq. There has been no new video of bin Laden since October 2004. The last time there was a lengthy gap between his statements was between December 2004 and January 2006.
Meanwhile, his followers often make claims that their leader is alive and well. Last month, top Taliban Commander Mansoor Dadullah, who recently led the graduation ceremony of suicide bomber recruits, told Al Jazeera that bin Laden is “alive and active” and that the Al Qaeda leader had even sent him a condolence letter when his brother,
another top Taliban commander, was killed by coalition forces. . .
BS ALERT – It’s a curious thing that, over the past 10 – 12 days, the news from Iraq refers to the combatants there as “al-Qaida” fighters. When did that happen? Until a few days ago, the combatants in Iraq were “insurgents” or they were referred to as “Sunni” or “Shia” fighters in the Iraq Civil War. Suddenly, without evidence, without proof, without any semblance of fact, the US military command is referring to these combatants as “al-Qaida”. Welcome to the latest in Iraq propaganda. . .
But what is even more notable is that the establishment press has followed right along, just as enthusiastically. I don’t think the New York Times has published a story about Iraq in the last two weeks without stating that we are killing “Al Qaeda fighters,” capturing “Al Qaeda leaders,” and every new operation is against “Al Qaeda.”. .
If your only news about Iraq came from The New York Times, you would think that the war in Iraq is now indistinguishable from the initial stage of the war in Afghanistan ? that we are there fighting against the people who hijacked those planes and flew them into our buildings: “Al Qaeda.”
What is so amazing about this new rhetorical development ? not only from our military, but also from our “journalists” ? is that, for years, it was too shameless and false even for the Bush administration to use.
Yesterday I reported on Michael Moore’s appearance on Wolf Blitzer’s “Situation Room” on CNN. You can watch it on You Tube.
The site also runs a piece on how the Mainstream Media covers Moore from the Twin Cities Daly Planet. It is right on.
Apparently there is a rule in corporate journalism that every mention of Moore and his films, or Moore without his films, must contain at least two snide observations about his biases, his ever so naughty attacks on rich and powerful but somehow — in the eyes of the corporate journalists ? defenseless people such as the chairman of General Motors, and, if you can slide it in, Moore’s physical appearance.
Four snide comments, two or three misrepresentations and an outright lie or two about Moore or the films is better, I gather.
(A quick digression: No, I don’t know Moore, have never met him or corresponded with him.) The “Sicko” reviews and commentary are running pretty much true to form, but, interestingly enough, after all the snideness is done, every writer I’ve come across has had to admit that it is a good film, and that, sonofagun, the United States health care “system” truly is a bloody awful mess, pretty much as Moore says.