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MahaBlog Having decorated their huts with Mark Whitaker's shrunken head, and having confined Michael Isikoff in a little cage so that the tribal chil

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Having decorated their huts with Mark Whitaker's shrunken head, and having confined Michael Isikoff in a little cage so that the tribal children can poke him with sticks, the rightie tribe has moved on--to the Newspaper Guild and Editor & Publisher.
The Rectitudinous Righties are not worked up over anything published as news by the evil "MSM," however. A week ago Linda Foley, national president of The Newspaper Guild, made some comments at a National Conference for Media Reform that put her on the tribal hit list. At the conference in St. Louis, Foley said of U.S. forces in Iraq:
Journalists are not just being targeted verbally or politically. They are also being targeted for real in places like Iraq. And what outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. I think it's just a scandal.
 
It's not just U.S. journalists either, by the way. They target and kill journalists from other countries, particularly Arab countries, at news services like Al Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios, with impunity. This is all part of the culture that it is OK to blame the individual journalists, and it just takes the heat off of these media conglomerates that are part of the problem.
Like it or not, Ms. Foley is not pulling these charges out of her butt. Jeanne d'Arc has documented incidents that look suspiciously like journalist targeting. Please follow the link and read what she says. It is clear that either these journalists were deliberately targeted, or the troops involved were being unusually careless even by war zone standards. Certainly, it bears outrage. Investigation also seems in order. And proper investigation was what Ms. Foley requested; last month Ms. Foley sent a letter to President Bush critical of the "investigation" into these incidents so far.
 
Of course, the outside possibility that these charges might be true and want looking into is not an issue to the Right. The issue is that a person representing the news media said something they didn't want to hear. Writes Joe Strupp of Editor & Publisher
It's not just U.S. journalists either, by the way. They target and kill journalists from other countries, particularly Arab countries, at news services like Al Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios, with impunity. This is all part of the culture that it is OK to blame the individual journalists, and it just takes the heat off of these media conglomerates that are part of the problem.
Like it or not, Ms. Foley is not pulling these charges out of her butt. Jeanne d'Arc has documented incidents that look suspiciously like journalist targeting. Please follow the link and read what she says. It is clear that either these journalists were deliberately targeted, or the troops involved were being unusually careless even by war zone standards. Certainly, it bears outrage. Investigation also seems in order. And proper investigation was what Ms. Foley requested; last month Ms. Foley sent a letter to President Bush critical of the "investigation" into these incidents so far.
Of course, the outside possibility that these charges might be true and want looking into is not an issue to the Right. The issue is that a person representing the news media said something they didn't want to hear. Writes Joe Strupp of Editor & Publisher: Read on...
 
 
The LA Times *Hearts* Priscilla                          Liberal Oasis
All of us committed to saving our judiciary from corporate stooges and fringe fundamentalists should look at Thursday’s LA Times profile of Priscilla Owen, written by David Savage.

Because it shows how hard it is to get the facts out.

The wet kiss headline is “Judge Seen as Conservative, Fair”.

And it just gets worse from there.

Savage uses the GOP talking points early in the piece, telling his readers that Owen “comes across as a mainstream conservative.”

He quotes a total of four people that he interviewed. All the quotes are pro-Owen. Read on...

 

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