Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Don't interrupt the photo op

"Over the weekend."

When exactly is that?

Most likely, in this case, it's not "over the long weekend" meaning Monday.

But, after Memorial Day, and all of the government photo ops, it's announced that "over the weekend" a US troop was injured in Iraq (and one in Syria).

Guess revealing it "over the weekend" might have harmed the photo ops and canned speeches.

So they sat on it.

Even though you had government employees Tweeting "over the weekend."  Including the State Dept's John Kirby on Monday.

So REUTERS notes it was "indirect fire" but rightly quotes Secretary of Defense Ash Carter noting this was "combat."

Like CNN's Barbara Starr, they note that the incident was near Erbil.

AFP repeats here.

Call it all 'repeating,' but don't call it reporting.


A US service member injured in Kurdistan.

Dropping back to Sunday:

While Haider al-Abadi turns the Shi'ite militias loose on Iraq (and Saudi Arabia objects), the US forces appear on the frontlines of an assault on Mosul.  Isabel Coles (REUTERS) reports:

Servicemen from the U.S.-led coalition were seen near the front line of a new offensive in northern Iraq launched on Sunday by Kurdish peshmerga forces that aims to retake a handful of villages from Islamic State east of their Mosul stronghold.

A Reuters correspondent saw the soldiers loading armored vehicles outside the village of Hassan Shami, a few miles east of the frontline. They told people present not to take photographs.

A SpecOp mercenary (with Kurdistan flag patch) fights with Peshmerga terror militia in Khazar..

Don't interrupt the photo op, the apparent mantra of so-called 'news outlets.'

Reality must not intrude.

But reality is all about intruding.

Case in point:

A human catastrophe is unfolding in Fallujah. Families are caught in the crossfire with no safe way out.

And UNICEF's issued a statement on the 20,000 or so children trapped in Falluja.  You've also got numerous people rewriting history.  We'll take on the revisionary in today's snapshot.  (Yes, there will be a snapshot.)

It's amazing with what's going on in Falluja, that they've got time to rewrite history.

But maybe they're rewriting precisely because of what's going on in Falluja?

  1. Shia Militias crimes افضحوهم صور مسربه الجنرال الايراني بابكور وسليماني يقودان معارك الفلوجه لقتل سنه العراق

  2. Iranian Soleimani & Bakpor near Giving Advice for Shia militias against Iraqi sunni civilians

  3. Shia Militia crimes افضحوهم الحشد الشيعي الارهابي يعذب نساء عراقيات سنيات ويعتقل ازواجهن ويصور اعراضهن والنساء تبكي
  4. Iraqi Sunnis women said our men arrested & tortured by Shia militias without guilt or charge

The press would rather rewrite history than focus on the suffering of those trapped in Falluja.

Again, there will be a snapshot tonight.

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