Archive for May 14th, 2005

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True to form, the media is getting as much mileage as possible over the desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo.
Thousands of Muslims, from Gaza to Pakistan to Indonesia, emerged from prayer services on Friday to join Afghans in rapidly spreading protests over the reported desecration of a Koran by American interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
How is this new news? I’ve seen pictures of the flag burned by irate Muslims in the middle east since I was a kid. Note how they had just emerged from religious services.
This is the media playing right into the hands of trolls, to borrow a netiquette term. All this says is that liberal editors wish to deflect the agenda of discussion from important matters right into the hands of the far left who are obsessed with self hate. Bill O’Reilly said it eloquently yesterday. In the run up to the 2004 election, the Times ran 48 Abu Ghraib stories on the front page. The next highest total for an American paper was 28. They weren’t reporting the news, they were trying to influence it.

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