Posts from November 2003

Covering the Bush Thanksgiving mission

Covering the Bush Thanksgiving mission
: The Independent put this headline on it: “The Turkey Has Landed.”

: The Guardian seems to have ignored it on their home page.

: The BBC tried to find a dark lining to this silver cloud, below.

: The Ranting Profs say this regarding media coverage:

when the subject comes up (and it will) as to whether this was a PR stunt, consider that it was an awful lot of trouble to go to for a stunt that would be covered by the B, C, or D team on every network, when one cable network isn’t even staffed, on what has to be the worst watched news night in American family life of the year with the exceptions of Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Years Eve. And then look at the tears welling up in the man’s eyes and tell me you think this was a cynical ploy, even if you think everything else he has done in Iraq has been a terrible mistake.

” The Profs also predict that some will try to stir up a stink about the White House telling the press a lie to make this event happen. Tough noogies, I say. Security was everything. The press was on the trip. Wack that gopher.

: And in the San Francisco Chronic, Mark Morford wrote this turkey before the President’s trip:

Be thankful that you do not have to suffer Dubya’s massive crushing karmic burden, as wrought by inflicting heaps of environmental disaster and vicious unnecessary war and a stunning string of lies lies lies like a firehose of giblet gravy splattered all over the planet.

For it really is all too plain: G.W. Bush is one of the most reviled and openly disrespected major world leaders in modern history. America has never been so embarrassed and reluctant to send a president abroad. We cringe when the man takes the stage.

My, what bad timing you have, you twit.


: George Bush’s words thanking our troops in Iraq:

I bring a message on behalf of America: we thank you for your service, we’re proud of you, and America stands solidly behind you. (Applause.) Together, you and I have taken an oath to defend our country. You’re honoring that oath. The United States military is doing a fantastic job. (Applause.) You are defeating the terrorists here in Iraq, so that we don’t have to face them in our own country. You’re defeating Saddam’s henchmen, so that the people of Iraq can live in peace and freedom.

By helping the Iraqi people become free, you’re helping change a troubled and violent part of the world. By helping to build a peaceful and democratic country in the heart of the Middle East, you are defending the American people from danger and we are grateful. (Applause.)

You’re engaged in a difficult mission. Those who attack our coalition forces and kill innocent Iraqis are testing our will. They hope we will run. We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter cost in casualties, defeat a brutal dictator and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins. (Applause.)

We will prevail. We will win because our cause is just. We will win because we will stay on the offensive. And we will win because you’re part of the finest military ever assembled. (Applause.) And we will prevail because the Iraqis want their freedom. (Applause.) …


: He’s not the only person who’s thankful today. On the occasion of the Muslim holiday Eid (aka Id), he also has words of thanks:

This is the first id after Saddam’s gone. I

The electric revolution

The electric revolution
: Winds of Change says that tomrrow it will Hungarian Ambassador Andras Simonyi’s speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland (“Rocking for the Free World: How Rock Music Helped to Bring Down the Iron Curtain”) as a guest post.

Supporting free speech

Supporting free speech
: I’ve received separate notes from blog readers who are each trying to send cameras or other support to Iraqi bloggers. I like this: We with free speech and resources supporting those who are trying to create their own.

: See the post below and please continue to share suggestions on how to send material and support to Iraq.

British Bias Corporation

British Bias Corporation
: The BBC gives an instant analysis of the Bush trip to Baghdad:

President Bush’s visit to Iraq was a morale-booster for troops far from home on the most important family day of the year for Americans.

But the need for secrecy also emphasised the difficulties of the US-led occupation of Iraq.

It was notable, too, that Mr Bush chose the “war on terror” as a major theme of his visit, linking Iraq to that worldwide war.

He is already making it the highlight of his gathering campaign to win next November’s presidential election.


Of course, the trip was executed in secrecy. There are still dangerous people — I’d call them terrorists — there trying to shoot down cargo jets, and kill Iraqi children, and murder Red Cross workers, let alone Presidents. (Hey, read your own service and see that there are terrorists being arrested even in Britain today. Guess that indicates you’re losing a war at home, eh?)

And, of course, the “war on terror” (why is that in quotes?) is a theme of what he said because (a) he has been saying that consistently and (b) it is a war on terror.

: Uh, Mr. Dyke, head of the BBC, is this what you were talking about when you said U.S. TV is not giving balanced coverage and you are? Your own “journalists” are making a liar of you. But then, you did a pretty good job of that yourself.