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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Back to Work

It's Tuesday morning and I'm back at work after a lovely three-day weekend. I don't have too much to report, since I have to keep my top-secret journalistic research product under wraps for now. Just a few items to note:

Newsweek is not responsible for the deaths of rioters in Afghanistan. The people who were looking for an excuse to get violent are responsible. Nor is Newsweek anti-military or anti-American. And please note that Newsweek writer Michael Isikoff is the dude who hounded Clinton relentlessly over Monica Lewinsky, so he's certainly no shill for the left.

Newsweek reported their story to the same standards that any respectable publication would do, doing their best to vet their information with a second and even a third government source. In retrospect, an unnamed Pentagon source turned out to be unreliable and the others chose not to challenge the Koran account at that time, but we still don't know the whole truth here.

It's the government itself that refuses to say anything on the record ("for attribution" is the term we journalists use) and when they do, it speaks in lies ("Saddam sought Uranium from Africa" and so on), half-truths ("intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy"), obfuscation, and cliche. So as I see it, readers have a choice between government propaganda (Fox News, NY Post), no news, and our best attempt at real news that, unfortunately, must occasionally rely on unnamed sources who rightly fear retribution from the government (Valerie Plame) if their identities are known. It's a sad state of affairs, and the saddest part now is that once again the focus will be on the bias of the "liberal media" rather than what is really going on at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and elsewhere.

Here is a good link on the subject.

The Yankees have won nine games in a row, and are back above .500. Go Yankees!

The weather is very nice today. Go Weather!

That's it for now. If I can't say anything nice . . .

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