Friday, September 10, 2004

Rather Desperate

(see Updates below)

Remember Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, aka Baghdad Bob, Iraqi Minister of Information back in Spring 2003? If not, maybe these quotes will refresh your memory:

"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"

"Be assured. Baghdad is safe, protected."

"I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad."

"They are trapped in Umm Qasr. They are trapped near Basra. They are trapped near Nasiriyah. They are trapped near Najaf. They are trapped everywhere."

"They are nowhere near the airport ..they are lost in the desert...they can not read a compass...they are retarded."

"They are not in Baghdad. They are not in control of any airport. I tell you this. It is all a lie. They lie. It is a hollywood movie. You do not believe them."

And my favorite, spoken to NY Times reporter John Burns (a fine reporter, by the way; a gem in the rough, to be sure) on April 9, 2003, was the last quote we heard from Baghdad Bob as the Minister of Information:

"I NOW INFORM YOU THAT YOU ARE TOO FAR FROM REALITY!"

Pretty funny, huh? Now read it again, but this time think of Dan Rather as Baghdad Bob, bloggers as the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division and Old Media as Baghdad.

Even funnier, huh? The truth is Dan Rather is really not much better than Baghdad Bob. Neither are most of his comrades at CBS and the other networks (Fox and C-SPAN excepted).

They long ago cast aside journalistic integrity in favor of promoting their liberal view of the world. At times their propaganda is so blatant it would make even Baghdad Bob blush. Visit the Media Research Center if you think I'm being too harsh. MRC has spent years documenting Old Media's twisting of the facts, slanting of the stories and outright fabrications.

In the latest example of Old Media dishonesty, Dan Rather and CBS were so desperate to do a hit piece (see here and here) on President Bush that they used forged documents as their evidence -- forged documents that were easily verfied as fakes.

The Blogosphere, led by the shock troops at Power Line, discredited CBS's story in less time than it took the Iraqi people to topple Saddam's statue.

That flushing sound you hear is the credibility of CBS going down the toilet -- not that there was much to flush, mind you.

That rumbling sound you hear is the approach of New Media's army of liberation, armored with truth and integrity. The cause is just. The advance, unstoppable.

As Faith Hill so beautifully sings, "There will come a day".

When that day comes I wonder if we'll hear Dan Rather say:
"I NOW INFORM YOU THAT YOU ARE TOO FAR FROM REALITY!"

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UPDATE 4:

This is just too good. Thanks go to Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner of National Review. (Click on photo to Enlarge)


It was bound to happen

UPDATE 3:

CBS News has issued the following statement:

This report was not based solely on recovered documents, but rather on a preponderance of evidence, including documents that were provided by unimpeachable sources, interviews with former Texas National Guard officials and individuals who worked closely back in the early 1970s with Colonel Jerry Killian and were well acquainted with his procedures, his character and his thinking.

In addition, the documents are backed up not only by independent handwriting and forensic document experts but by sources familiar with their content. Contrary to some rumors, no internal investigation is underway at CBS News nor is one planned.


[MerryMadMonk comment: "Be assured. Baghdad is safe, protected."]

UPDATE 2:

Dan Rather on CNN: I know that this story is true. I believe that the witnesses and the documents are authentic. We wouldn't have gone to air if they would not have been. There isn't going to be -- there's no -- what you're saying apology?

CNN QUESTION: Apology or any kind of retraction or...

RATHER: Not even discussed, nor should it be. I want to make clear to you, I want to make clear to you if I have not made clear to you, that this story is true, and that more important questions than how we got the story, which is where those who don't like the story like to put the emphasis, the more important question is what are the answers to the questions raised in the story, which I just gave you earlier.

[MerryMadMonk comment: "They are nowhere near the airport ..they are lost in the desert...they can not read a compass...they are retarded."]

UPDATE 1:

Below is a perfect demonstration of not only how outdated Old Media are, but how biased and dishonest they are.

The first image is from today's print edition of the Washington Post in which the discredited CBS story is run on the front page, above the fold.

The second image is from a screen shot of the Washington Post website. The headline on their website is so ambiguous as to be misleading .. and dishonest.


Washington Post Front Page (Print Edition)

Click on Photos to enlarge


washingtonpost.com Website

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