December 9, 2008

New York Times Complicit

Did you hear that White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley disputed the accuracy Monday morning of an editorial that ran in the Sunday New York Times?

The Times had written,

The truth is that Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had been chafing to attack Iraq before Sept. 11, 2001... They justified that unnecessary war using intelligence reports that they knew or should have known to be faulty. And it was pressure from the White House and a highly politicized Pentagon that compelled people like Secretary of State Colin Powell and George Tenet, the Central Intelligence director, to ignore the counter-evidence and squander their good names on hyped claims of weapons of mass destruction.

The White House response should have been, "We were simply stating what the The New York Times was reporting. In fact, Mr. Cheney regularly quoted the New York Times reporters Judith Miller and Michael Gordon on Sunday talk shows."

The establishment media is as rotten as the establishment financial system. We can only hope it collapses along with the corrupt speculators.

Update: No longer had the words left my keyboard and DemocracyNow reported the following headline news.

Tribune Company Declares Bankruptcy

In media news, Monday was a turbulent day for the newspaper industry. The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy. The company’s holdings include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, twenty-three television stations and the Chicago Cubs. Meanwhile, the McClatchy Company has put the Miami Herald up for sale, and the New York Times Company has announced plans to borrow up to $225 million against its mid-Manhattan headquarters building to ease a potential cash flow squeeze.


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4 comments:

The Future Was Yesterday said...

"The truth is that Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had been chafing to attack Iraq before Sept. 11, 2001..."
That was pretty common knowledge among political junkies. That they sold their "Campaign" and agenda so easily, was my first clue Bush was going to do what he wanted to, and the hell with America.

"The establishment media is as rotten as the establishment financial system."
Worse, imo, for even if the media barons went bust, after we bailed them out (and we would, make no mistake!), they would simply rebuild another pile of shit just like the first one.

GDAEman said...

And we might just get a test of your hypothesis. See "Update".

Dusty said...

The NYT is ripe for a takeover. where is the real media? It's been awol for decades. Oh yeah..big business bought it up. My bad.

The same big business that fucked it up and is going bankrupt. Everything they touch turns to shit.

sigh..

libhom said...

It's reassuring to see people going after the corporate media, one of my favorite targets for critique. The alternative media are more important than ever.