March 13, 2003

Warmongering at the WaPo Gosh,

Warmongering at the WaPo

Gosh, I've been so busy beating up on Howell Raines for Hamlet-like indecision over whether to go to war in Iraq (Digression: Is it just me or have the seemingly interminable series of NYT mastheads had a tortured, neurotic tone to them? We need an Upper West Side shrink to analyze the fervent scribblings and report back) that I've been ignoring Kay Graham's newly timarchic progeny.

Quote: "It's too late for nuanced evasions, too late for the Post to reposition its divisions to the rear. It sold this war, and now if America becomes the author of massive violence in a war of choice, not necessity, the Post will be implicated in the bloody consequences. The antiwar movement will not go away once the bombing starts, but all of its objections to this war will become vividly relevant to the news coverage. Reporters and editors can still ask the hard questions and need not pretend to be shocked if the US colonial governor decides to stall on the promise of Iraqi democracy. Americans at large, I fear, are about to lose their sense of injured innocence. Maybe the news media can lose some of their "patriotic" deference to the warriors in charge."

You tell them! But Iet's be sure to "implicate" (whatever that means when used so ominously in the pages of The Nation) the NYT when a major chemical or bio attack occurs, too, O.K?

Posted by Gregory at March 13, 2003 07:14 PM
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