AP Wins The Duranty Prize

or what's a few dead Iraqis if you get a mongo journalism prize?

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I’ve been of the opinion for some three years now that large portions of the US media are intent upon creating a US defeat in Iraq outright or in spinning the history of the war so that when we do win it will appear to have been conducted incompetently and won by good fortune rather than by the dint of hard work, devotion to duty, and self sacrifice.

While sympathy for Islamofascists was particularly evident in the recent Israeli punitive expedition in Lebanon with photographs being consciously manipulated to support the war effort of Hezbollah my particular concern has long been with the reportage of the Associated Press from Iraq.

(H/T to PowerLine and The Pulitzer Prize for Felony Murder, Part II)

Read on.

In 2005 the AP scored a Pulitzer Prize in “breaking news photography” largely on the efforts of a handful of Iraqi stringers.

The most striking, that of the murder of three Iraqi elections workers on Haifa Street, has long raised suspicions among everyone except the media. Belmont Club’s Wretcherd masterfully covered the story in Haifa Street and in The Odds Against.

Today the AP runs a story:

The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, accusing him of being a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing.

The military said Hussein was captured with two insurgents, including Hamid Hamad Motib, an alleged leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. "He has close relationships with persons known to be responsible for kidnappings, smuggling, improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and other attacks on coalition forces," according to a May 7 e-mail from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jack Gardner, who oversees all coalition detainees in Iraq.

"The information available establishes that he has relationships with insurgents and is afforded access to insurgent activities outside the normal scope afforded to journalists conducting legitimate activities," Gardner wrote to AP International Editor John Daniszewski.

One of Hussein's photos was part of a package of 20 photographs that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography last year. His contribution was an image of four insurgents in Fallujah firing a mortar and small arms during the U.S.-led offensive in the city in November 2004.

Of course, now AP is spinning the fact that they had an embedded photographer with the forces carrying out murders and kidnappings of Iraqi civilians as well as attacks on US forces as some kind of “freedom of the press” issue.

AP executives in New York and Baghdad have sought to persuade U.S. officials to provide additional information about allegations against Hussein and to have his case transferred to the Iraqi criminal justice system. The AP contacted military leaders in Iraq and the Pentagon, and later the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad.

The AP has worked quietly until now, believing that would be the best approach. But with the U.S. military giving no indication it would change its stance, the news cooperative has decided to make public Hussein's imprisonment, hoping the spotlight will bring attention to his case and that of thousands of others now held in Iraq, Curley said.

I hope the AP gets their wish because the Iraqis have been prolific in hanging terrorists.

The New York Times has been under criticism for years for the Pulitzer Prize it won for the reportage of Soviet lickspittle Walter Duranty. At least in Duranty’s defense we can say he didn’t kill anyone, didn’t kidnap anyone, and didn’t hang out on a street corner waiting for three harmless men, men helping to carry out one of the first free and fair elections in any Arab nation, to be gunned down in, to borrow a phrase from John Murtha, cold blood.

We can’t say that about AP and their Iraqi stringers.

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And make no mistake we are in the middle of WWIII. Gingrich was right. I noticed a little story this week that came flying by on Yahoo news that said that al Qaeda has just declared war on France. They are backing an Algerian terrorist group.

The AP and their propaganda is just part of the war effort here. It will only get worse.

Soldiers' Angels

"If they attack us, it means we're winning." - Rush Limbaugh

biased.

The neutral journalist in reality is a myth.

This is one reason it would be nice to know more about the sources of photos, and to be honest I would rather see a media where the bias is known and admitted upfront.

I think this is one reason I like reading blogs, because when I go to a certain link I know I am going to get a mostly conservative, liberal, centrist or libertarian viewpoint. The owners of the blogs are up front and honest about where their bias sits, and I can measure their words against that bias.

When the media plays the "neutral" game, we don't know what the bias is, and the more the "neutral" media relies on various stringers and accept what they photograph or write about as fact without any admission of bias or fact checking, they become an arm of our enemies.

I remember when the original photo was shown a while back and called into question, and the sad thing here is that the AP appears to be more interested in protecting the photographer and I assume their awards.

Actually the B side to this story seems to be just how meaningless the various journalistic awards really are.

But with a few comments. Yes, reporters should quit the fiction that they either have no opinions or that they don't influence their work. However, the fact that they won't admit same and that they allege that that they just report "the facts" and that their is no debate concerning what the facts are and which are relevant is an open joke to most people and also reveals the most dangerous aspect of liberalism.

The underlying problem is the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of modern day liberalism. It can't stand the light of day due to its proven policy failures and rejection of its world view by most Americans.

One of things that had a great influence on me that led to my conservative epiphany, was the years I listened to Rush in the 90s and noticed how he would cover an event or issue differently than the MSM. I would watch an event and then see how Rush never his the other side's arguments and claims but that much of what Rush would talk about would be things I agreed were relevant but that the MSM did not even mention.

I came to see that conservatives want the whole truth so they can fashion policies to deal with the world as it is. To actually achieve results.

"If they attack us, it means we're winning." - Rush Limbaugh

They say they are "neutral", and they believe it.

The problem is that it isn't so.

The result is that they report what happened, then get a "right-wing" view and a "left-wing" view. The right-winger says somthing like "It looks like XYZ" and the left-winger says "It's unthinkable to say XYZ. The moon is made of donuts. Everyone is good, if you just give them money. George Bush causes cancer. Therefore, it isn't XYZ."

And the mediot is right there in the middle, obviously neutral, just giving equal time to both sides.

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The Presidency is a position more easily critiqued than attained.

...of their fellow (conservative or religious) citizens; when they hate their President, and hate the “stupid half” of America that voted for him in 2004, then it's safe to say that they're not patriotic. You can't hate half of your fellow Americans and be patriotic. That was also true 50 years ago in the segregated State of Mississippi. No matter what some white racists said in 1956 Mississippi, for example, you could never be a “good citizen” of Mississippi, and still hate the black citizens of Mississippi. That’s hating yourself. Or, if someone said, "I expect my wife to steal all my money and run away with my best friend any day now ... but I still respect her very much," I'd say your "high respect” doesn't go very deep, and in truth it doesn’t exist.

but with a vengeance, at least as far the media's coverage goes. Two wars, thirty years apart, and a nations media doing the same thing, only more so, the second time around. This is slanting almost to the point of outright advocacy and you have to wonder at the not so sublimated destrutive urges at work.

What kind of grim satisfaction is to be gained by observing, magnifying, and contributing to your country's troubles in wartime? The sick little minds that center on death rather than the challenge, the effort and the hope that exists and is neccessary to carry us through this, belong in a jar of alcohol at a medical school. There at least some good would come of their condition.

"a man's admiration for absolute government is proportinate to the contempt he feels for those around him". Tocqueville

Let the Iraqi's take control ... and send him to Abu Gharib for a little polite questioning.

 
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