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[Powderworks] NMOC - mural

Kate Parker Adams kate@dnki.net
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 21:47:46 -0500

Don't fifteen different organizations immediately claim credit for a 
successful hit on their common enemy every time someone scores big?  This 
reeks of that peculiar bandwagon celebration phenomenon.

I'd also keep highly tuned antennae for propaganda, hyperbole, bombast and 
embellishment in all media from both the Western and Arab perspectives.  I 
was cringing my way through the NPR press conference with a general 
yesterday, given her "he's an evil man and he doesn't play fair and wage 
war by the rules we think wars should be waged by when we invade his 
country" lines pouring forth from the canned quote machine.  Yes m'am, like 
fuel air bombs we used against conscripts in '91 aren't weapons of mass 
destruction or something.  And what about Toelle and Umatilla and Los 
Alamos and Fort Detrick?  Lots of spinning and weaving everywhere, but 
little whole cloth to be found.

I have to admit that CNN was reliable enough during the last Gulf war to be 
on every TV in every common space all over the base I was on.  I don't know 
it that is still true or not.

Alex Beam's column in the Boston Globe from Tuesday might be of some 
guidance in sorting out all the media feeds on your own terms: 

At 12:30 PM 3/27/03 -0500, LeftyZ@aol.com wrote:

>In a message dated 3/27/03 9:17:37 AM, ninajill73@hotmail.com writes:
><< for those of you who think sadam has no connection to 9/11 (let's not be so
>naive, folks!):
>http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/26/sprj.irq.mural/index.html >>
>Um....Nina, there is nothing in that CNN story that even remotely suggests
>that Hussein had anything to do with 9-11.
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