Friday, September 30, 2005

It's called "blowback," fellas.

Now here's a story that should utterly fail to tug at your heartstrings:

US forces 'out of control', says Reuters chief

Reuters has told the US government that American forces' conduct towards journalists in Iraq is "spiralling out of control" and preventing full coverage of the war reaching the public.

The detention and accidental shootings of journalists is limiting how journalists can operate, wrote David Schlesinger, the Reuters global managing editor, in a letter to Senator John Warner, head of the armed services committee.

Got any specific examples? CBS does:

The US network CBS has raised concerns over the arrest of its cameraman, Abdul Amir Younes, who was arrested in hospital in April after he was shot by US troops.

CBS said it is concerned that he had no legal representation at the hearing and has had no chance to see the evidence against him.

Um ... right. After years of patriotic, pro-administration, pro-invasion flag-waving, CBS is finally figuring out just what kind of thugs they've been cheerleading for. Man, that has to suck.

AFTERSNARK: One could only imagine the weirdness if the New York Times -- for whom hack journalist Judith Miller wrote such wretchedly dishonest swill promoting the notion of WMDs in Iraq -- lost a journalist to friendly U.S. fire. Wouldn't that be irony of the highest order?

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