Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Dear Kate: About that "media credibility" you keep shrieking on about ...


Regular readers of Canada's Crazy-Assed Racist Redneck™ might recall how she's had a perpetual ragegasm going about that liberal-biased media when it comes to covering action in the war zone.

So one might wonder what she thinks about the following where, first, TBogg points out how convicted felon and right-wing mouthpiece Oliver North claims that things are just fucking peachy over in Iraq, yessir, no problems here, shortly after which the selfsame TBogg points out how that very same Oliver North had his female marine escort blown to pieces by a roadside bomb only moments after leaving his side.

But no problems, right, Kate? Just another dead soldier, but let's not let that spoil the good news. 'Cuz that would be such a downer.

SOME INTERESTING SPIN HAPPENING HERE: The E&P article describing this incident takes care to point out, at the bottom, that North did admit to the death, but with a curious choice of words.

The E&P article begins (emphasis added)

Marine Maj. Megan McClung, a public affairs officer who became the highest-ranking woman killed in Iraq when she died two weeks ago, had been escorting Oliver North and a FOX News crew through Ramadi just moments before a roadside bomb took her life, a military spokesman told E&P on Monday.

And yet, at the bottom, we read (again, emphasis added):

UPDATE: Michael Fumento at his blog fumento.com, points out that North wrote about the major's death in a Dec. 8 syndicated column, not identifying her at the time as news had not yet come out. North wrote:"A proffered hot cup of coffee was gratefully accepted as the Major helped us load our backpacks, camera gear and satellite broadcast equipment aboard a dust-encrusted Humvee. Just hours later, this widely respected and much admired Marine officer and two brave U.S. Army soldiers were dead, killed by an IED -- an improvised explosive device -- the insidious weapon of choice for terrorists in Iraq."

"Hours later?" That's an odd time discrepancy but, if you think about it, it makes sense because, if you want to paint a picture of a rosy Iraq, you might be prepared to admit that a Marine Major was killed, but it could be a wee bit embarrassing to admit that it happened almost right in front of you. Better to detach yourself from the proceedings by a few hours. It reads better that way.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love it when Fumento's name comes up in the context of media credibility.

Fumento, of course, is a disgraced columnist who was fired for taking payola from Monsanto to write a book about biotechnology that is creepily fawning over Monsanto. He is also the author of such scientifically-impeccable works as The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS. More of his adventures are documented over at deltoid.

Anonymous said...

Canadian Cynic, I just thought I would check your site out after a commenters remarks on SDA. Your site is as pathetic as one would expect. Notice that SDA is so well know we don't even have to spell it in full. Drives you nuts doesn't it. You should be happy even with my comments because it double your comment total on your whole site.

M@ said...

Yeah, one day CC might be as well know as SDA. All he has to do is cater to drooling mouth-breathers like Albertaman.

Heh. Any more out there? I'd love to hear from all the SDA types who come by. The entertainment potential is enormous...

thwap said...

So, KKKate and all the mouthbreathing vermin were fulminating about Associated Press's dubious journalistic credentials.

(This from a community of hair-balls and kling-ons who swallowed every stupid lie out of the bush II White House!)

Seems one reporter from AP got arrested as a "terrorist" by the lawless puppet gov't in Iraq, and the other one (a Sunni police captain in Bagdhad name "Jamil Hussein") was claimed to be non-existant by the US military and the Shiite-dominated Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.

IOWs: Two obviously compromised sources [US and Iraq MOI] challenge the veracity of a 3rd source, and for the right-wing dupes, fuck-ups, n' cowards, that's it for the Associated Press.

KKKate led the Cdn battalion charge for General Michelle (Swiftboat) Malkin, and her tapeworm eating Lftnt: "Flopping Nutsack" [...or 'flopping aces'?] on AP's dismal performance.

Til Malkin is told "put up or shut up, come to Bagdhad and i'll show you Jamil Hussein" and flopping nutsack says, "Uh, .. there is a 'JamAil Hussein.'"

So Malkin and KKKate not only refuse the steaming heap of crow that's in front of them, they pretend it doesn't exist and go on about some other plot of the reality-based community to rob them of their blissful hypocritical stupidity.

Michael said...

You might want to tell Albertaman that the site is quite known within the circle as "CC". But why let that spoil a snark that probably took him the better part of the night to write (including the long distance phone call to Kate asking her how to spell "SDA")?

Anonymous said...

micheal, is it wonderful that all four fans of this site know this site by cc.