- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2003

Reuters outed

What do you think Reuters “news” agency would say about the Pfc. Jessica Lynch story? My bet is that you wouldn’t be too surprised to read a report last week by one Deanna Wren, mocking the entire episode: “Jessica Lynch, the wounded Army private whose ordeal in Iraq was hyped into a media fiction of U.S. heroism, was set for an emotional homecoming on Tuesday … Media critics say the TV cameras will not show the return of an injured soldier so much as a reality-TV drama co-produced by U.S. governmentpropaganda and credulous reporters.” No big surprise there — but the reporter whose name appears on the piece actually filed a far more honest report, detailing the support Lynch received from her home town neighbors. The filed copy began: “In this small county seat with just 995 residents, the girl everyone calls Jessi is a true heroine — even if reports vary about Pfc. Jessica Lynch and her ordeal in Iraq.” By the time the news story had been edited, re-edited and had a whole bunch of new material added, not a single piece of the original reporting was left. The reporter wrote in the Charleston Daily Mail yesterday:

“I understand that news wire services often edit, add, remove or write new leads for stories. What amazed me was that a story could have my byline on it when I contributed only a few sentences at the end — and in later versions I didn’t contribute anything at all.

“The stories contained apparently fresh material attributed to sources I did not interview.

“Maybe that’s the way that wire service works.”

Actually, the way that Reuters seems to work is the imposition of anti-Western and anti-American propaganda instead of the data compiled by honest and largely unbiased reporters. But then, you knew that already, dear reader, didn’t you?

Leftist minds

It was fascinating to read some far-left crackpots respond to the deaths of two of the most heinous monsters in Ba’athist Iraq, Uday and Qusai Hussein. On the Democratic Underground Web site, where some of the most foam-flecked party activists meet to vent and argue, there were the following comments:

“Doesn’t a part of you wish that Queasy and Duh-day were alive?

I’ll admit they’re scum and rightfully so, but anything that lands as even more humiliation on W’s grotesque shrivelled face is that much the better.

It’s sad, really, that as despicable as they are, Saddam’s family seems to be the lesser of two evils when you compare them to the wretched little bastard occupying the White House and destroying America in the process…”

To be fair, this guy was upbraided by other posters. But he wasn’t alone. Here are two others:

“What I really hate about the way our government has been taken over is that I’m at the point where I almost DON”T want anything good to happen in Iraq, I WANT them to screw up, I WANT them to fail.”

“Bush and his ilk are far, far worse than Saddam and his two degenerate brats, and that’s saying a LOT.”

Now, imagine being a Democratic candidate and having to find a way to appeal to these people.

Not from the BBC

I keep getting e-mails from soldiers and their families spelling out a very different perspective on what’s happening in Iraq than you read in The New York Times. Here’s one that’s typically upbeat from the proud mother of a Marine in Iraq:

“My favorite story is about an amusement park that the coalition forces refurbished for the kids in the region. Like children anywhere, the kids were eager to try the rides, so the PTB decided to put one Marine in each car with the kids.My son told me that he had his M-16 locked and loaded between his legs and then about a dozen little kids climbed in the car. No problem, short ride? Not quite. The ride started and the operators couldn’t shut it off.Twenty minutes later, the wheel was still going around and around and around. Moving on to the merry-go round, my son was ordered to ride guard on a horse. They filled up the carousel with eager kids … and couldn’t get the ride started.Rather than disappoint the kids, the Marines hooked up chains to the ride and ran around in circles pulling the merry-go-round. The kids were delighted and the Marines, wearing full body armor in 130-degree heat, got quite a workout.

Every package I send has, at my son’s request, candy for the kids. He plays soccer with them and teases them like he would his own brother and sister. In the process, he’s building some very positive relationships. The kids love the Marines. And most of their parents do too. The mainstream press seems to focus on negativity.Thereismuchpositive progress.”

Yes, there is. But the media is uninterested in letting you know.

Quote of the week

“We should be pulling for America on this. We should be pulling for the people of Iraq. We can have honest disagreements about where we go from here, and we have space now to discuss that in what I hope will be a nonpartisan and open way. But [in] this State of the Union deal, they decided to use the British intelligence. The president said it was British intelligence. Then they said on balance they shouldn’t have done it. You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president. I mean, you can’t make as many calls as you have to make without messing up once in awhile. The thing we ought to be focused on is what is the right thing to do now. That’s what I think.” — Bill Clinton, Larry King Live.

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