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  •  I was watching ABC news tonight and... (4.00)
    ...they blamed the riots on the the Newsweek story.

    Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita blamed Newsweek's report for the unrest in Muslim countries. "People are dying. They are burning American flags. Our forces are in danger."

    They can stick this comment up their irony deficient asses.  Saying that reporting on this, and other forms of torture, are the cause of the riots while ignoring the fact that there would be no story to report if they weren't torturing people.

    "When your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil." -- James Carville

    by sgilman on Sun May 15, 2005 at 07:20:12 PM PDT

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    •  So what's the REAL issue here? (4.00)
      Putting aside the rioting and the upcoming global day of Islamic protest against the U.S. (BTW, I feel SO much safer now after we took out Saddam, though)...

      When CBS took on the tainted TANG documents, they shelved a much more important feature regarding the Niger uranium story.  That story could have done real damage to the election if it had been shown instead of the manipulated TANG documents.  

      What is it that Newsweek had in their possession that got them clobbered like this?  What's the REAL issue besides the desecrations that had already been made public?  Did they have something on the Downing Street Memo they were going to publish and soon?

      Nothing is ever what it seems, people.  We're beyond Orwellian.  It's all Rovian.

      •  And just how many subscribers (4.00)
        does Newsweek have in Afganistan?  This story has been too quick and organized with the "read it in Newsweek" talking point from the moment the news of riots broke out.  

        Newsweek is being punished for something and not this article of regurgitated news.  

        They all hate America because of Newsweek?  Will people really buy that?

        •  Spot on (4.00)
          As if the other citations mentioned never happened, as word never got back to any member of Islamic faith about the treatment of prisoners of the faith in Gitmo...it's all about Newsweek.

          Just like it was all about CBS and not about any of the other possessors of document copies that gave evidence to Dubya's inadequacies as a member of the Armed Forces...

          Something smells here.  Absolutely reeks.

      •  beyond Orwellian - it's all Rovian. (none)
        That is profound - can I steal it?

        It's not hypocrisy - it's unadulterated evil.

        by wabegg on Sun May 15, 2005 at 09:53:17 PM PDT

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      •  In possession - Damaging Report on Rumsfield (4.00)
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/15/AR2005051500872.html

        Is Pentagon relationship with Newseek under fire?  It almost looks like there's a insider purge going on to crush those trying to provide information to the news organizations.

        On May 9th, Newsweek reported on the Overseas Basing Commission which faulted Rumsfield on his desire to redeploy 70,000 troops rapidly.  

        The commission report was briefly available via the web and then, oh golly the utter surprise, retracted for a security review.  This led to a situation where cleaning news services file/database servers of the report became an issue.  Commission Chair Al Cornella (Republican) defended the report as only having information verifiable from public sources. Didn't believe that it would require clearance.

        "I'd rather be ruled by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian." -Martin Luther.

        by antirove on Mon May 16, 2005 at 01:32:45 PM PDT

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    •  'irony deficient?" good line n/t (none)

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