Thursday, July 05, 2007

Al-Pazeera Watch

Watchers of Al-Pazeera (aka the Associated Press) are going crazy and for good reason.

Essentially, Al-Pazeera recently published a story on the reported beheadings of people in what looked like to be a sectarian fight. Well, it seems that story is not true and Al-Pazeera can not quite provide substantiation of the story.

Now, we have Michael Yon providing names, locations, photographs, and video of the aftermath of the Al-Qaida massacre. We are talking normal people in a village. So, what sort of coverage does this get? Next to none. In fact, Michael Yon is offering his work to media outlets for free (only asking for attribution and notice ). The media can get witnesses both Iraqi and American.

What interest does that offer seem to generate?

Glenn Reynolds provides the obvious answer and backup on that answer from (yes, I see some irony here) an anonymous (claimed) widely reporter.

It is quite fashionable to idealize the press. Give it up, there is no such thing as objective media. The journalism of the late 1800s and early 1900s is the same as it is today, advocating not reporting. Al-Pazeera and its press cronies have a definite agenda and that agenda is served by ignoring such stories.

We heard incessantly how bad we were for a couple of sadistic guards making Iraqi prisoners wear lingerie, posing in pornographic manner, next to dogs, and the such. However, when there are real atrocities perpetrated by the enemy the remain remarkably quiet.

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