Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Burying and ignoring the news

Britain's information commissioner has ordered the government to release the minutes of two cabinet meetings held in March 2003 under Tony Blair, then the prime minister, to discuss the legality of the allied invasion of Iraq that began later that month.

The above is from John F. Burns' "British Government Ordered to Release Notes on Iraq" and that's the opening paragraph of the story buried on A12 of this morning's New York Times, the six, tiny paragraph story. Not that Panhandle Media has shown any more interest in the story. Amy Goodman can promote a "Vote Democrats in 2008!" group as an "anti-war" group, she can lie like that, but she's made no time for the above story that's been a major story in England all month long.

In the real world, DoD handled another "announcement" that M-NF avoided so the number of US service members announced dead in Iraq since the start of the illegal war now stands at 3973 with 29 for the month. The to-date figure means the total is now 27 away from the 4,000 mark.

For nonsense, check out Julian E. Barnes and Noam N. Levey nonsense in the Los Angeles Times this morning. Someone gave them the talking point for yesterday's hearing so they run with that (and only mangle it somewhat) while ignoring the fact that Senator Jim Webb either caught General George Casey outright lying or caught Casey publicly exhibiting the signs of dementia. Either way, Casey's claim that UCMJ had been applied to contractors (for the Defense Department) in Iraq whilce Casey was the top commander in Iraq was news. It's just not news you can read about in the Los Angeles Times today.

In other usual nonsense passing themselves off as a functiong press, Mark Silva (Baltimore Sun) and any other reporter whining about the topic of health care being intricate should just turn in their press badges. If a political campaign is just too damn hard for them anytime they have to turn to something other than polls and a sound byte, they should just retire already. Health care is an issue that's important to millions of Americans. It's too bad that the likes of Silva don't believe it's their job to follow the issue and to report on it instead of whining that it's a tough topic for them to follow.

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