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Asking the Hard Questions

By lex, on October 22nd, 2009

The president’s staff is attempting to marginalize Fox News, apparently because “real” outlets don’t have a point of view. Or if they do, it is a point of view at least congenial to the president’s staff. But it’s supposed to be a reporter’s job to ask hard questions. You know, comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable?

That sort of thing.

It can result in remarkable things:

 

When his fellow Communist leaders decided on new travel regulations, (East German Politburo member Günter) Schabowski was out of the room. Later that evening he skim-read the executive order, stuffed it in his briefcase, and headed off to meet the world’s media.

Pressed on the meaning of the new travel policy — When did it come into force? Did it apply to West Berlin? Did people need a passport? — the flustered apparatchik rustled his papers and gave confusing answers that led the news media to believe the border was open, with immediate effect.

The result, once East Berliners had seen that night’s news on West German television, was chaos at border crossings across the city.

At Bornholmer Strasse, one of the main checkpoints in central Berlin, confused border guards couldn’t get clear orders on how to deal with the crush, and debated whether to open fire. Instead, they opened the barrier, and the Berlin Wall was history.

True story.

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Page 19 news

Posted by Lex, on November 8, 2007

 

Sour news today in for the New York Times **:

American forces have routed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi militant network, from every neighborhood of Baghdad, a top American general said today, allowing American troops involved in the “surge” to depart as planned.

There, there, fellahs – try to focus on something positive *.

* 09-18-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.

** 09-18-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

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“MSM” pooches it again

June 9th, 2007 by lex

I was reading this BBC news story about Sony Entertainment’s questionable decision to use the Manchester Cathedral as the backdrop for one of their first-person-shoot’em-up video games – after all, being part of the Anglican Communion (at least for now) I do have a certain fraternal, albeit casual interest in the goings on of the mother church – when I ran across this absurd justification for a potential C of E lawsuit against Sony:

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Wide-eyed innocence

Posted by lex, on June 24, 2007

 

Below a grotesque picture of shroud-wrapped corpses – one of which someone has gratuitously unwrapped to better display a gory rictus – the New York Times reveals a “talking points” memo formulated by four Marine officers in answer to questions posed by the Time magazine reporter who “blew open” the Haditha case.

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Tasteless

By lex, on September 4th, 2009

Defying the wishes of a dead Marine’s father and the Secretary of Defense, the AP published photographs of the young man’s last moments:

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Cost Drivers

By lex, on August 14th, 2009

The NYT helpfully ensures that you don’t miss the point on the whole “death panel” meme:

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“Carrier”

By lex, on May 1st, 2008

Watching the PBS special “Carrier” makes me feel like I’m back on the boat. Hungry, tired and horny in other words. All at the same time. They could have merely called it “Work” and saved me the effort of watching. It’s a good thing I TiVo’d it, because that allows me to hit “Stop” and answer questions from the Hobbit every so often. Which is pretty much continuously. For the life of me, I cannot imagine how someone could spend a quarter century married to a naval aviator and not understand how the holdback bar differs from the launch bar, or the distinction between the Air Boss and the Air Ops Officer.

I can only blame myself.

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