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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Canadian Paper: US Press is Like Pravda

I heard a joke on Prarie Home Companion last night. Someone talking with a flat American accent was calling himself Tony Blair, with the punchline that Great Britian was the only friend the US had left.

Well, it was funny when those folks said it.

From The Toronto Star:

"If clear evidence emerged showing George W. Bush had written in his diary that he had lied to the American people to justify his invasion of Iraq, would the U.S. media even consider that a story?I'm not sure any more. To an astonishing extent, the U.S. media have avoided scrutinizing this U.S. president, even after it became clear he'd launched a war in the name of disarming Iraq of weapons that didn't exist...
"I saw no mention in the TV coverage of what the British memos reveal: that those with inside knowledge knew Saddam's arsenal posed no danger, that the intelligence was being "fixed" and that the U.S. dropped bombs to try to provoke a war — while insisting it was doing everything it could to avoid one.Instead, the media kept their focus on what the president said in his speech. Pravda, covering a Soviet leader's speech, would have been similarly respectful.