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Monday, December 15, 2003

Flurries of factoids

"Fake beard," "basement," "stumbling," "picking lice from his hair," "obviously collecting DNA samples," "this will give Bush support and return the focus to (bringing democracy to Iraq, capturing bin Laden, defeating the foreign insurgents)," etc. These are but a few examples of the utter bullshit these so-called "reporters" are simply making up and broadcasting as "facts"! Talk about dumbing down the already dumb!

A Google News search for "fake beard" comes up with this article in the Boston Globe. The Google search results page says:
American forces capture Saddam in Tikrit, US announces
Boston Globe, MA - 16 hours ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Saddam Hussein, wearing a fake beard and burying himself in a cellar to hide from US troops, was captured alive near his hometown of Tikrit. ... [Emphasis mine]
The actual page says:
American forces capture Saddam in Tikrit, U.S. announces
By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press, 12/14/2003 07:45

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) American forces captured a bearded Saddam Hussein as he hid in the cellar of a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts in history. The arrest, eight months after the fall of Baghdad, was carried out without a shot fired and was a huge victory for U.S. forces. [Emphasis mine]
There's no indication of a "correction," etc. This next one still has the "fake beard" quote:
'100 percent sure' that Saddam captured: INC
Sunday, 14 December , 2003, 19:11

Iraq After Saddam: Full Coverage

Doha: The spokesman for the Iraqi National Congress (INC) on Sunday said that Saddam Hussein has been captured, wearing a fake beard to disguise himself, the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera reported. [Emphasis mine]
And the rats... The rats!!!:
Charles Gibson, co-anchor, ABC's Good Morning America: "(Saddam) was caught in a dirt hole filled with rats and mice. It couldn't have been any more humiliating for him." [Emphasis mine]
Then, there's this from NewsMax:
"Saddam was caught with a stained blue dress over his head while his shriveled penis twitched impotently. Results of DNA testing have shown the stain's source to be Bill Clinton."
I'm just jiving about that one, but I did hear somebody* use the word "impotent" on CNN a short time ago in describing Saddam's appearance.

An unlikely ApplegateOregonNews.com editorial takes some of this sensationalist reporting to task:
I know that a number of printrag editors in Northern Oregon and Southern Oregon spout stupids about national and international issues that are beyond the scope of their books. I find such air-headed opinions to normally be biased politicalthink or psychothink...so I don't pay them much attention. Most Oregonians, and most of the rest of the Nation, don't pay these airheads any attention, at all... [Ellipses in original]
While written in a humorous tone, that editorial sounds more like the voice of reason shouting at a blizzard of lies. This is "the news."

* I'm pretty sure it was a John Burns, a British guy who works for the New York Times speaking to Aaron Brown. Read that article and "go figure."
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