Sunday, March 19, 2006

Whatever happened to American journalism?

This administration, this Republican Party, and now I fear, the American press have so damaged the American psyche, that even I am succumbing to a near-mortal ennui.

After nearly four years of lies and cover-ups and despite the certified exposure of the real reasons for our going into Iraq – the American press lies flat on the floor like a doormat for this government.

In scanning a recent story in the Los Angeles Times ("In a Battle of Wits, Iraq's Insurgency Mastermind Stays a Step Ahead of US"), Robert Fisk notes the sources quoted by the paper’s reporters in a front page story:


Here are the sources - on pages one and 10 for the yarn spun by reporters Josh Meyer and Mark Mazzetti: "US officials said", "said one US Justice Department counter-terrorism official", "Officials ... said", "those officials said", "the officials confirmed", "American officials complained", "the US officials stressed", "US authorities believe", "said one senior US intelligence official", "US officials said", "Jordanian officials ... said" - here, at least is some light relief - "several US officials said", "the US officials said", "American officials said", "officials say", "say US officials", "US officials said", "one US counter-terrorism official said".


“Journalism?” I doubt it. And bloggers are the ones being called amateurs.

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