Sunday, May 22, 2005

Our military are the real targets

The President of the Newspaper Guide, Linda Foley and her comment at National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis on May 13:
…Journalists, by the way, are just being targeted, ah, verbally or, ah, or, ah, politically. They're also being targeted for real. Um…in places like Iraq. Ahn and, ah, what outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. I think it's just a scandal. And it's not just US journalists, either, by the way. They target and kill, ah, journalists from other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al -, like Arab news services like Al-Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios, ah, with impunity … and, ah, this is all part of a culture that it's okay to blame the individual journalists and it just takes the heat off these media, ah, conglomerates who are actually at the heart of the problem…[The name of the conference is Media Reform. Ironic, isn’t it?]
I submits that the targets are the military who our media love to hate - and there is a pattern of abuse. Peter Arnett famously quoted a US Armed Forces Major saying, “We had to destroy the village in order to save it." The context of the quote is in reference to the Battle for Ben Tre during the 1968 Tet Offensive. No one ever found the source of the quote. More likely than not, Peter Arnett fabricated it. In fact the Ben Tre was destroyed, not by the US but the Communist Forces during their retreat.

Peter then went on to fabricate other news, including the CNN scandal in which he claims that the US forces was using chemical weapons during an operation known as Tailwind. Tailwind did happen, it was a Special Force operation in Lao, but there was no chemical weapon. CNN retracted the statement. (More on the operation can be found in “SOG: The Secret Wars of America’s Commandos in Vietnam” by John Plaster – highly recommended.) Peter career was full of lies which ultimately resulting in him being fired by NBC.

What disturbs me the most is not what Foley said, but what is being said about her in the media. What is the media saying about the Linda Foley? Nothing! Zero coverage. Since Friday, May 13th, 2005, not a single major media source mentioned the event. Trust me it happened. Jackson Junction even has the actual footage, a whole 3 minutes 22 second of it, in full context. Dusty Attic has the full transcription. No doubt they know about it, Foley holds important position within the media establishment. Why is the silence?


Blogger Dusty said...

For the most part, MD, the MSM is quiet because this is not the change they entered the profession to make.

Nice post. Thanks for reminding me of Arnett's follies.

And thanks for the link.

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