Friday, October 14, 2005

Dear Mainstream Media

Dear Mainstream Media. . . (from Daily Kos)

Yes, this video-conference was fake. Please consider this in the context of the following:

The WMD justification for the Iraq War was fake.

The claim that Iraq had ties to 9/11 was fake.

The Thanksgiving turkey to the troops was fake.

The photo-op on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln was fake.

The Jessica Lynch story was fake.

The Pat Tillman story was fake.

The "compassionate conservative" claim was fake.

The "restoring honor and dignity to the White House" claim was fake.

The proposed cost of the prescription drug bill was fake.

The "ranch" in Crawford is fake.

Jeff Gannon was fake

The town-hall "meetings" on Social Security were fake.

The town-hall campaign "meetings" of 2004 with "real Americans" asking "real questions" were fake.

The domestic terror warnings of 2004 -- particularly the ones immediately following the nomination of John Kerry -- were fake.

The Swift Boat Veterans for "Truth" were fake.

The Niger uranium documents were fake.

Bush's National Guard "service" in Alabama is fake.

White House propaganda masquerading as "news reports" was fake.

The claim that no one in the White House had anything to do with the outing of Valerie Plame was fake.

The claim that Bush wanted to "get to the bottom" of the Plame matter was fake.

Perhaps you now see a pattern and wish to consider this pattern in your future reporting.


The Reality-Based Community


j4r3d said...

Saw an entry of yours about Project Runway, so I thought you might be interested!

Tsymyn said...

What, then, is real? Also, I didn't see the "National Guard Memos" on your list. Those were actually proven to be fake. Not trying to start a flame war, just wondering what your point of view is. Also, looks like you get the same comment spam I do, so I thought you might like a real comment, even if it's from a member of the VWRC.

PJ McIlvaine said...

Ah, but where the National Guard memos really faked? While they may have been reproductions of the actual memos, the information in them were correct. That fact seems to have been lost in the hoopla.

Tsymyn said...

Well, the problem with that is there's no evidence for the content of the memos other than their existence... since the memos themselves can't be authenticated, that leaves the content argument high and dry. I don't buy the "fake but true" argument. Also, most of the media, Kos, and DU ignored the content analysis that was going on in the blogosphere, too. Consistently misused military acronyms, references to getting instructions from offices who had retired more than a year before, etc.

PJ McIlvaine said...

If I remember correctly, a secretary to the officer involved said that to the best of her ability the memos reflected her boss' opinions....

Anonymous said...

Q: What's the difference between Viet-Name and Iraq?

A: Bush had an exit strategy for Viet-Nam.

"Texans For Truth" offered a $50,000 dollar reward to anyone "proving whether George W. Bush performed duties in the Air National Guard between May 1972 and May 1973 at Dannelly Air National Guard Base in Alabama". Sort of curious that none of those hundreds and hundreds of people he would have come in contact with stepped forward to set the record straight.

The saddest thing about that list is the immense harm it has done to the country; there is no outrage at such egregious lies and people come to expect it as de'rigeur. People don't bat an eye when Condi Rice and Colin Powell claim Irag isn't a serious threat one day, then cook evidence and hype lies about mushroom clouds the next. Entrenched cynicism, bald-faced lying and divisive arrogance is Bush's well-earned legacy.

--Ravin'Dave ...