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July 11, 2003
Arms to Iran

I checked most of the usual suspects there on the left yesterday, and didn't see anyone talking about the government's investigation of 18 USofA corporations for potentially having sold arms to Iran.

Okay, it's not the investigation into arms-selling in Iraq that we all wanted, and maybe it's just a red-herring, designed to distract us from the question of who sold Hussein the Weapons of Mysterious Disappearance, but at least there's an investigation into some kind of misbehavior. With Bush and most of the rest of the Administration stonewalling the 9/11 Commission, this may be all we get.

We haven't heard this one in a while. Randeep Ramesh says that not only was Iraq All About The Oil, but Bush's newly discovered compassion for Africa has the same roots. (His point seems to be that we're going to end our dependence on foreign oil by, well, by making it our oil.)

I'm sure that demands that we mortgage Iraq's oil output for the foreseeable future in order to "use its oil revenue 100 percent for the benefit of the Iraqi people" by paying Bush and Cheney's corporate cronies to reconstruct Iraq isn't in any way connected to the All About Oil theory, though.

Woollacott has his own thoughts on why we were bombarded with threats about WMD as a rationale for our illegal, pre-emptive war.

For those who like to keep reference sites bookmarked, you might want to check out Kevin's May 1 comparison graph of terrorist attacks around the world. (Heck, it's worth looking at anyhow, just to see how serious the problem of international terrorism has been.)

Brent Cunningham says it isn't biased journalism that's at fault, it's the wrong kind of objectivity.

Still, most reporters' real biases are not what political ideologues tend to think. "Politically I'm a reporter," says Eric Nalder, an investigative reporter at the San Jose Mercury News. Reporters are biased toward conflict because it is more interesting than stories without conflict; we are biased toward sticking with the pack because it is safe; we are biased toward event-driven coverage because it is easier; we are biased toward existing narratives because they are safe and easy.
Interesting ideas. Maybe the way the news is covered does need to be re-examined. (Certainly many of us who have been howling about lousy or inconsistent coverage of events would agree.)


And, speaking of the media, today's salute got to Capitol Hill Blue who, having gotten their fingers burned, have made a public pledge to use no more unnamed sources in their coverage.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:19 AM