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April 21, 2008

The Editorial Staff Protests

Sacre Bleu!

We are outraged! In fact, after an entire weekend, during which the Editorial Staff spent studiously avoiding having our attention raped by oxygen thieves, the terminally clue-impaired, and sociopaths in training we have come to the conclusion that it is time to declare a news blackout.

We do this in solemn solidarity with our suffering brethren at the New York Times. After many moons, laboring in the Stygian fields of print journalism, they have uncovered a plot so foul, so noisome, 'twill harrow your bones to the very marrow, dear friends:

Hold the front page! Heck, on second thought, hold three full inside pages as well. Notify the Pulitzer jurors. The New York Times has a blockbuster scoop. Its ace reporter, David Barstow, has uncovered shocking evidence that . . . the Pentagon tries to get out its side of the story about Iraq to the news media. Are you surprised? Outraged? Furious? Apparently the Times is: it’s found a new wrinkle in what it views as an insidious military propaganda campaign. You see, the Defense Department isn’t content to try to present its views simply to full-time reporters who are paid employees of organizations like the New York Times. It actually has the temerity to brief retired military officers directly, who then opine on TV and in print about matters such as the Iraq War.

Yes -- you may well gasp in horror at the very thought. As we all know, such delicate matters should be left to "professional" journalists like Thom Ricks and their unnamed, "Anonymous Sources", who illegally leak classified documents like that juicy report that (Thank God! for small favors!) told America just in the nick of time that Anbar province was "irretrievably lost" a few summers ago.

And then there was the New York Times and their ground breaking work with the SWIFT terrorist tracking program. It's a good thing they stopped that illegal program dead in its tracks by bypassing the designated Congressional oversight committees and leaking sensitive information directly on the front pages of the New York Times! Because after all, when the American people are threatened by elected leaders who may be unilaterally declassifying national secrets, bypassing Congress, and violating the law in the interest of keeping the nation safe, nothing reassures them faster than unelected newspaper editors who unilaterally declassify national secrets, bypass Congress, and break the law in the interests of keeping the nation safe!

They don't call it Accountability Journalism for nothing!

Feel free to let us know which breaking news stories you could gladly do without an update on in the comments section.

Posted by Cassandra at April 21, 2008 07:28 AM

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I... I can't get over the exposure of SWIFT just when we were so close... so close to exposing


for the terrorists hugging, dictator enabling, don't you know who I am, thoroughbred socialists jackarses that they are...

But then again, I do so wish that I never had to see either in the news again.

Whoops! Is my contempt showing?

Posted by: bthun at April 21, 2008 09:55 AM

I think I'm ready to do without the stories about polls in the Democratic race (Clinton lead expanding! No, wait: Obama closing fast! No, wait...)

Posted by: Grim at April 21, 2008 10:37 AM

Anything with Jack Murtha in it unless he is wearing stilletto heels, a ball gag and fishnet stockings.

Nothing like context to flesh out the spin, ya know?

Posted by: Cricket at April 21, 2008 11:30 AM


What got into you??!! :)

Yeah, I saw they were debating this on "Winds of Change" the other day, and some of the comments were just.....cute. And Marc Danziger is just....precious too. (PS - to be fair, his son enlisted in the Army.) I thought about posting a comment but....why?

My analysis is that these people think that the electricity will always come out of the socket, ya know? Because it always has.

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was......

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at April 21, 2008 11:50 AM

Do I have a list.

1. Any story about anyone at either Harvard or Yale. I already know what it will be about.

2. Any story about anyone who hates Bush. Yes we already know you hate him.

3. Any story about Obama fans. Yes we know you adore him, and it's a little creepy.

4. Any story about Obama being just a regular guy. Please media, do even you buy that one?

5. Any story on Rosie O'Donnell with pictures. Pretty please, it frightens the horses.

6. Any story on the military. Please media your ineptitude about, and hatred of, the military is really embarrassing.

7. The economy, just drop it. It's really quite good by any metric we've used in the past. Saying it is in bad shape just shows your ignorance.

8. Any story on Israel. Please media just drop it, your starting to look just a touch anti-semitic.

Well that's for starters.

Posted by: Allen at April 21, 2008 12:04 PM

In the May 2008 issue of American Rifleman (published by the NRA), there is an article about the Studies and Observations Group (SOG), a group of interservice special forces operating in Laos, North Vietnam and Cambodia. While executing covert operations, these troops were uncovering tons of ammunition in base camps and caches. Being small groups, they didn't have the resources to dispose of these large quantities of ammmo (rifle cartridges, machine gun rounds, and mortars. Couldn't burn it (no assurance it would all be destroyed), couldn't blow it up (just scatter it), and couldn't haul it away (had to call in transport and give away their operations). So they initiated Project Eldest Son, which consisted of taking thousands of rounds of 7.62 x 39mm rounds (for the AK-47 rifle), and hundreds of rounds of 12.7mm (for the Communist Bloc's heavy machine gun) to Okinawa. These rounds were reworked by pulling the bullets from the cases, removing the powder and replacing it with high explosive, then replacing the bullets. The new, improved cartridges for the AK-47 increased chamber pressure to 250,000 psi, while the rifle chamber could handle a max of 45,000 psi. So anyone firing one of these cartridges would have the rifle blow up in his face, which was usually a fatal event. The article describes how the ammo swaps were made, the care that was taken to endure that if a rifle or machine gun blew up there was no other sabotaged ammo to be found nearby. They later expanded the operation to include mortar rounds. They also planted and leaked info in intel reports about defective ammo coming from China, and included in those leaks fake letters from top chinese officials downplaying the effects, saying there were only a few thousand defective rounds, and that quality control problems were being worked out. Of course Hanoi knew that it would take years for any new ammo to make it thru the supply pipeline.
So here was a very successful secret program that was killing VC and NVA, pissing off Hanoi, and spreading distrust among their troops.
The money quote in the article, "By mid-1969, word about Eldest Son began leaking out, with articles in the New York Times and Time..."

Posted by: Billmax at April 21, 2008 12:11 PM

Of course, when the "message" is not presented as a "press release" or by an acknowledged spokespersyn, it's really becomes propaganda or media manipulation by Big Brother's Ministry of Truth.

Posted by: George Oh Well at April 21, 2008 12:40 PM

My bad is showing ever since I discovered I had a Dark Side. Of course, exploring it is supposed to be 'heathly' and 'good for Gaia.' I blame the college psych class I am taking...which I am acing, which surprised the helk out of me.


In the meantime, we are fostering a friend's Chee hooahhooah dog. Poor little thing was left in her house with nothing but the idiot box for company and fed twice a day. She is in the hospital with: Emphysema. Renal failure. Congestive heart failure. She is on oxygen and dialysis.

So, the little doggy biscuit came home with us.
He has been the best little buddy. Even the cats like him, which is kind of cute. My friend is glad we have him...doesn't look good for her.
We also go over and take care of her lawn and
her daughter does the housework.

I have also been working on our 72 hour kits,
which entails no small amount of research.
Water being the most critical thing you need, I found some sport water bottle filters made by Berkey. I think hauling boxes of water around is rather silly and the filters on these puppies are expedition grade.

So, into the back packs they went.

Next up: Dried and long term food.

We have the shelter and sanitation issues worked out.

Posted by: Cricket at April 21, 2008 02:20 PM

I blame the college psych class I am taking...

Rather than dropping it like a deceased mouse at Cassie's feet.

...which I am acing

To no one's surprise (save yours) and to everyone's delight!

Posted by: BillT at April 21, 2008 02:58 PM

I'm still cracking up that Cricket actually used "ball gag" in a comment...

Dark side, indeed my friend...

Posted by: Carrie at April 21, 2008 03:44 PM

In the late 1960s, while the crew of the Pueblo was held in a North Korean Prison an incident occurred that would have lasting significance. A guard hit a young seaman who angrily responded by "flipping the" bird at the guard. When questioned what the sign meant, an older member of the crew stepped in and told the guard it was "The Hawaiian Peace Sign."

This began a long period of silent protest between the crew of the Pueblo and the guards. Until visiting journalists from Eastern Europe arrived for some propoganda pictures. In one of the pictures, a crewman sat posed and with both hands held down in front of his, flipped the bird. His intent - to show the world the pictures were staged and the crewmen were unwilling participants.

The NY Times got a copy of the picture and in an OpEd complained about the vulgar nature of the symbol and how it was unfitting for an American soldier to act. Word got back to North Korea and the crew endured months of beatings for their effrontery.

Don't you just love MSM!

Posted by: SShiell at April 21, 2008 03:56 PM

La Femme Crickita is the gift that just keeps on giving :p

Posted by: Cassandra at April 21, 2008 03:57 PM

And, what BillT said.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 21, 2008 03:58 PM

The ball gag gets you into the Dark Side? Damn, wish I had known that earlier...

Posted by: HomefrontSix at April 21, 2008 06:54 PM

I had a cranky response: Too many tests and not enough sleep.

I really really don't want to see or hear about Britney Spears, the FLDS Fashion News From The Nineteenth Century and who would look better on the Today Show: Kathie Lee Gifford or Katie Couric.

I need a nap.

Posted by: Cricket at April 21, 2008 11:09 PM

Accountability Journalism?

In reference to the "mainstream" media, I'd call such a term an oxymoron...

Posted by: camojack at April 22, 2008 03:44 AM

I had just read “The Patriotism of Black folk” by Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. I was surprised to find that Reverend Jeremiah Write and myself were both in the United States Marine Corp during the same time period. I was good honest Marine infantry man and Reverend right was a hard working, dedicated Marine cardiopulmonary technician which is strange because the Marine Corp does not have any such job as a cardiopulmonary technician.
All of the medical people from corpsman to surgeon, and everyone in between, is part of the US Navy.
So what is going on here? Did Wright enlist in the USMC and went into the Navy after his tour of duty? Did his PR person give out the wrong information? Do we have another person who exaggerated just a teeny bit about his military service record? Was Wright actually ever in the Marine Corp, the Navy or any other branch of the US Military? Did Cynthia Tucker get it wrong?
Will the Main Stream Media get the real story before it appears on the Drudge Report? Are we witness to the birth of a news?
Wow! I can’t wait to get the answer. I for one, think that it will be a very interesting story. I can’t wait to read about it in my preferred news paper, the St. Pete Times.

Phil Bruzzichesi
1860 Massachusetts Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33703


Posted by: Jigsaw1695 at April 29, 2008 02:31 PM

You're correct on the corpsman thing.

Wright transferred to the Navy after his first few years of service with the Marines and became a corpsman. As much as I'd love to nail him on this one, it appears he attended school at Great Lakes.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 29, 2008 03:11 PM