Monday, July 14, 2008

Jim Muer, on the job to nowhere

Jim Muir of the BBC just knows he's got a story. He's got less than he thinks and less than he reveals at the top. Puppet of the occupation Nouri al-Maliki was misquoted! He never said "withdrawal"! BBC listened to the tape! Muir then runs the statement of what al-Maliki reportedly said against what the BBC says he actually said (we didn't quote the statement in real time, we're not quoting it now -- as the Times of London's James Hider pointed out when the story was breaking, the idea was being floated). So as Muir settles down, you find out about the differnt wording . . . "Withdrawal" was added . . . By al-Maliki's office. Translation, he wasn't misquoted. If his office added "withdrawal" to the statement they released -- and he hasn't fired his office -- they were acting on his instructions. As Muir admits in a sentence in the tenth paragraph: "An official suggested the written version remained the authoritative one, although it is not what Mr Maliki said." Yes, that is how it works. The notion was still floated by al-Maliki. Muir goes on to note the country's NSA but strangely seems unaware of other's in al-Maliki's cabinet who made statements.

Nothing the White House's refusal to allow flag draped coffins to be photographed (in order to keep the dead out of sight), the New York Times offers an editorial entitled "Witnessing the War Dead, From Afar:"

The muting of bad war news, which started at the Pentagon, is now an issue as well at Arlington National Cemetery. A public affairs director at the cemetery was recently fired after complaining that rules were tightened to isolate the media 50 yards away — well beyond the point at which news organizations could hear, never mind photograph or videotape, burial ceremonies.
The Pentagon says it is only following the wishes of families and that it has not changed its procedures. But there are serious reasons to doubt both protestations.

For more on the topic, you can see Dana Milbank's "Putting Her Foot Down and Getting the Boot" (Washington Post) which Lloyd noted here on Friday.

In US presidential campaign news, Rachel notes this from Team Nader:

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