Friday, April 04, 2003
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Leslie Cheung commits suicide
Actor Michael Jeter found dead
Michael Jeter was 50 years old.posted by Musashi | 10:41 AM --> link
Monday, March 31, 2003
Meda censorship and the War on Iraq
This is a clear demonstration of the US media's reluctance, nay, refusal, to be critical of the administration's handling of the war.
NBC was well within their rights to let Arnett go, but the reasoning behind their severance of his contract smacks of the same kind of corporate censorship that lost Bill Maher his job shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Their actions don't seem like journalistic integrity, so much as damage control. Is the US Military's strategy of 'embedded journalists' backfiring? Though Arnett isn't an 'embedded journalist' like so many of his colleagues, anyone who has been watching the news coverage can parse the reality of this conflict; that things aren't going quite as planned. Yes, we were told that there would be casualties. Yes, we were told there would be some resistance. However, the administration's take on this conflict was loaded with the implicit presumption that the Iraqi people would welcome us with open arms, not with small-arms. Arnett's comments to the Iraqi media simply made clear what we all know to be true, that the Pentagon's war plans have stalled, and that a 're-orientation' (to use the Pentagon's own parlance) is now in order.
Note to the administration: I can accept war as a grisly, dehumanizing affair. That's why its called war. But the more your disinfo-machinery attempts to clamp down on the effects of this enterprise, the less I am willing to support you. Tell the truth...that's all we ask.posted by Musashi | 10:29 AM --> link