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All Hail The Liberal Media!

Buried deep in the bipartisan Iraq Study Group’s report is a quite incredible assertion.

“U.S. military and intelligence officials have systematically underreported the violence in Iraq in order to suit the Bush Administration’s goals.”

"Systematically underreported" means "lied about". And remember, there were prominent conservative Republicans on the panel.

Why was this not covered more thoroughly? (In fact, more to the point, why was it virtually covered up?) Another example of the liberal media?

Maybe it's just old news.

Maybe the flaming commies at the Washington Post buried it in paragraph four of an article on page three because proof that Bush and his cronies were lying to the country was really a non-story.

Maybe Bob Woodward was on vacation that day.

(At least the San Francisco Gate bothered to report the story, thereby undoubtedly shocking the seven Republicans in the Bay Area.)

To my great surprise, Fox News didn't make mention of this fact, either.

How did the panel arrive at such a damning conclusion? They illustrated their point by referring to one day last July when U.S. officials reported 93 attacks or significant acts of violence. "Yet a careful review of the reports for that single day brought to light 1,100 acts of violence," it said.

Perhaps that estimate by Johns Hopkins of 650,000 dead that was 'not credible' according to the White House was, in fact, a hell of a lot more credible that their own numbers.

And perhaps if our country was made aware of that remarkable figure, we would be pulling out of Iraq right now.

All hail the Liberal Media!

Posted by Jon Rice at April 11, 2007 10:55 AM
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Comment #216025
Maybe it’s just old news.

From early December, 2006. Yep. Old news.

And perhaps if our country was made aware of that remarkable figure, we would be pulling out of Iraq right now.

Jon, the majority of Americans believe the mission was accomplished long ago and now support a withdrawal. President Bush is the only thing obstructing the will of the American people.

Posted by: American Pundit at April 11, 2007 11:32 AM
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Jon
Is it possible that the liberal media mainly reports incidents that involve American soldiers?
Maybe they didn’t report much about this “cover up” because they have found out that our deaths sell better than the enemies?

Posted by: kctim at April 11, 2007 11:36 AM
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Lee - just because the news is old, doesn’t mean it’s not relevant. Dozens of quotes from the Iraq Study Group continue to be analyzed, recommendations speculated upon, conclusions argued about. But still, after all this time, nobody has really picked up on this story. That’s what shocks and dismays me.

Posted by: Jon Rice at April 11, 2007 11:47 AM
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“they have found out that our deaths sell better than the enemies?”

kctim,

So, ALL Iraqi’s are our enemies?

Then our goal all along was to emaciate Iraq rather than emancipation from the rule of Saddam? Given the results that must have been it! Silly me.

Posted by: KansasDem at April 11, 2007 12:13 PM
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The Neocons have been beating the media for years with the claim that they are the dreaded “L” word. The media has been intemidated by these blow hards and are scared to do their jobs, that is reporting the real news not apeing the White House Communication Office. It does bother me that the reporting of the “Truth Optional” Administration has been lacking to say the least. Therefore I will not watch the “Fox Noise Channel” but will enjoy “The Daily Show” and “Countdown” on MSNBC. It is now less than 18 months till we can set a new course for America.

Posted by: C.T.Rich at April 11, 2007 12:16 PM
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Jon,

Good article. While somewhat off-topic I simply must say that the news must be wrong about this:

“Al Qaeda claims deadly Algiers bombings”
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/070411/3/3060x.html

It simply can’t be true! After all we have Al Qaeda bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan so they can’t possibly be operating elsewhere!

Like Lebanon:

“Leader of Lebanon’s al-Qaeda cell pledges to strike America again”
http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=462132007

I mean Al Qaeda can’t be operating in either of those places, because we’re fighting them in Iraq so they can’t follow us home. At any rate I’m sure glad our military isn’t stretched thin, just in case!

Posted by: KansasDem at April 11, 2007 12:25 PM
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KDem
They are too me.
If you would have preferred, I could have said “sells better than the death of Iraqi’s.” But the question is still valid: maybe Americans just don’t care as much when “Iraqis” kill each other or die fighting against us as they do when an American soldier is killed.

“Therefore I will not watch the “Fox Noise Channel” but will enjoy “The Daily Show” and “Countdown” on MSNBC”

The only difference being that 2 slant “your” way and the other doesn’t.
Oh, and just so you know, countdown and the daily show are opinionated commentary shows and other than which way they slant, they are no different than some of the FOX commentary shows.
Surely you weren’t saying you get “real news” from those guys?

Posted by: kctim at April 11, 2007 12:34 PM
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Is it possible that the liberal media mainly reports incidents that involve American soldiers? Maybe they didn’t report much about this “cover up” because they have found out that our deaths sell better than the enemies? Posted by: kctim at April 11, 2007 11:36 AM
A real question: Do you actually believe this statement or is it rhetorical? I mean this would show an absolute lack of understanding of even the most basic ideas of liberalism. Posted by: Dave1-20-2009 at April 11, 2007 3:01 PM
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For an administration that continually says it has nothing to hide, this one sure tries to HIDE near everything.

Posted by: David R. Remer at April 11, 2007 3:15 PM
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So how surprised is anyone to hear this latest news??? Also the “appointment” in DC of a “war czar” ?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070411/ts_nm/iraq_usa_troops_dc_1

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at April 11, 2007 3:29 PM
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070411/pl_nm/iraq_afghan_usczar_dc_3

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at April 11, 2007 3:36 PM
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Dave1
As with dealing with any other business, I think the bottom-line is worth considering as a reason for certain actions.

Posted by: kctim at April 11, 2007 3:39 PM
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You know what a war czar is, right? Compensation for a short noodle in the Commander in Chief.

Posted by: David R. Remer at April 11, 2007 6:02 PM
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War Czar? Bush, Hadley, Gates and now yet another to be Czar… What next Cheney.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 11, 2007 9:21 PM
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We certainly regret we are unable to stop the bad guys from killing so many of their fellow citizens in Iraq. They no doubt will kill even more if we leave too soon.

Your link to “John Hopkins” doesn’t work. I thought it was Lancet that made that estimate.

Posted by: Jack at April 11, 2007 9:51 PM
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Jack, when America can halt the murder, rape, and maiming of 100’s of thousands of men, women, and little boys and girls in its own country each year, America may have a moral high ground for entering other nations and telling them to stop the violence.

Until then, we have a huge amount of moral obligation right here at home which should take precedence over what Iraqis do to each other.

Posted by: David R. Remer at April 11, 2007 11:03 PM
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You know what a war czar is, right? Compensation for a short noodle in the Commander in Chief.

LOL! I think this is actually a good idea. It’s obvious nobody in he administration has any idea what they’re doing in Iraq.

This is a tacit admission that our Iraq policy — four years into the war — is still up in the air. The new War Czar is going to have to come up with an Iraq policy where none exists right now — and he’s going to have administration factions fighting him tooth and nail whatever he (or she?) decides.

Posted by: American Pundit at April 12, 2007 1:22 AM
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David,
Amen.
In addition to what you wrote, may I add,

I’ve been serving with the Red Cross recently,and returned about 3 weeks ago from Americus, Ga. and Enterprise, Ala. These areas were almost destroyed when tornadoes stroke both towns. 18 students were killed in Enterprise, and the entire hospital in Americus was all but destroyed. Two deaths were blamed on the storms there.

The conditions I witnessed from the after affects of the tornadoes did not prepare me for the conditions I saw for the homes that WERE NOT damaged.

To see good decent American Citizens living in such total poverty weighs heavily on my mind. I saw much the same when I was in Southeast Texas after flooding there. I am referring to people who work both day and night,care for their families and neighbors, keep their ‘homes’ clean, and frankly are people who attend church. These people don’t live in houses that look anywhere near what my house looks like, and I imagine most of you.

These ‘houses’ looked like boxes. They were formed by standing four plywood boards, and placing a couple on top. Nails into the ends of the ‘alls help hold the boards on top. The richer ones had a shorter plywood wall inside, with additional boards on top, and a little bit was the old fashion ‘white - wash paint on them. Please understand - the plywood boards on top served as the roofs, the ones on the side serve as both inside and outside walls, and other than rugs, there is no floor. Unless one counts dirt. A small opening is cut into the front wall and serves as a door. It is ‘locked’ by replacing the cut-out piece back in it’s place and sealed with duct tape.

To say that I almost wished more ‘homes’ were damaged by the weather would be an understatement.
At least then the Federal government would have gotten involved - or the state. Or even us, the Red Cross. As it was there was nothing anyone could do to help these people help themselves.

I know if we spent 80 billion dollars in our own country there would still be people living in these same conditions, but not as many.

Like the story of the starfish: A boy walking on the beach early one morning quietly threw all the starfish he saw back into the ocean. His father told him that no matter how many starfish he threw back into the water it would make no difference in the long run. His son picked up one more starfish, threw into the water, and told him father, “Maybe not, but it makes a difference to this one.”

Before we start trying to tell other countries how to live, maybe we should take a long look in the mirrors of our own country.

Posted by: Linda H. at April 12, 2007 1:42 AM
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I would like the media to cover kctims death.

Posted by: the libertine at April 13, 2007 5:31 PM
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It is odd that someone like kctim thinks, there is a liberal media.He looks at the glass as half-full,it is empty like his soul.

Posted by: the libertine at April 13, 2007 6:09 PM
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