Yet again, we find the Mainstream Media (MSM) - heretofore referred to as 'Old Busted Media' - up to their old tricks. Again the OBM is manufacturing stories in accordance with extreme liberal bias camouflaged in the presumption of objectivity, designed to unseat a sitting President in favor of their preferred ABB puppet, whose name is irrelevant so long as its Anything But Bush – a presumption proving to be increasingly remiss every time Mr. ABB opens his mouth and inserts both feet. Journalistic integrity be damned! Efficacious domestic policy and National security are equally subordinate to Leftist establishmentarianism and the sophomoric obsession to replay the last game of the previous season to their favor. In a free market, concepts are as liquid as currency often consumed and traded with less care. A new media has joined the trade, competing truth to prestige in a tightly controlled market of loyal, yet increasingly disgruntled customers. It’s a tough market. But, facts are proving to be a popular, if rare, commodity. The OBM is overloaded with Enron's and they're all pushing one feckless, bloviating, incompetent, 'Ken Lay’ executive officer on the American electorate in the form of John Forbes Kerry. Increasingly it is apparent; the OBM is willing to prostrate themselves in any manner imaginable to subordinate the truth to their delusional preference.
CNN has been forced to report, NBC's rebuke of the New York Times attempt to manufacture another story against the President of the United States. (See: Lost in Translation)
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 380 tons of powerful explosives from a storage depot in Iraq has taken a new twist, after a network embedded with the U.S. military during the invasion of Iraq reported that the material had already vanished by the time American troops arrived.
Jim G. at KerrySpot makes the point,
If Jill Abramson, managing editor of the New York Times, had a shred of concern over her paper's reputation for getting the facts right never mind objectivity or fairness, she would be running the correction - or at least this blatantly contradictory information - in the giant headline font and above-the-fold location that today's story got.
Ed at Captain's Quarter's points out that CBS was at it again. Not only did they too run with this bogus story, but they were producing another 60 minutes hit piece based on it.
Unnoticed in all of the attention given to the NY Times was CBS's broadcast of essentially the same story, based on its own reporting, which turned out to be just as incomplete as the NYT.Added 12:05pm... Wretchard posts a transcript of the original Nighly News story about Al Qaqaa along with his usual profound insight at Belmont Club. Read the comments as well...
Although it is both desirable and necessary to criticize the mistakes attendant to OIF, much of the really "criminal" neglect may be laid on the diplomatic failure which gave the wily enemy this invaluable opportunity. The price of passing the "Global Test" was very high; and having been gypped once, there are some who are still eager to be taken to the cleaners again.
The legends at Powerline have weighed in, in their nuanced way, to suggest complicity on the part of the New York Times to not only whitewash character flaws of their chosen candidate, but indeed to capitalize on those foibles - namely his lack of integrity and propensity to spin delusion, sadly to his own mother's terminal dismay.
And Cap'n Ed weighs in again, with a sterling analysis of what it would take to 'loot' 380 tons of munitions.
Bottom line this operation would take the resources of AN ENTIRE COMPANY (approx. 100 men) OVER TWO WEEKS, good Intel to know exactly where the"right" explosives were hidden and a means of breaching huge steel doors and concrete of an ASP.
... In my words, 'Kelly's Heroes,' insurgent style with flatbed trucks instead of Donald Sutherland's beatnik tank troup.
Finally, do let's take a renewed look at John Kerry's public charges against the President on Monday, based on this 'fake' story.
"This is one of the great blunders of Iraq; one of the great blunders of this administration," Kerry continued. "And the incredible incompetence of this president and this administration has put our troops at risk and put this country at greater risk than we ought to be."Let me say this as directly as I can - that the unbelievable blindness, stubbornness, arrogance of this administration to do the basics has now allowed this president to once again fail the test of being the commander in chief." (CNS)Will he apologize? ... to the President? ...to the troops in Iraq doing their job?
... and to this Nation whose security has been further weakened by the Senator's endless undermining of her efforts in the War on Terror?