The MSM Military Smear Du Jour
With the Haditha story unraveling, it's time for the media's next drive-by smear of the Marines: "Hadji Girl". (Soon to be dubbed HadjiGate?)
Charles Johnson has both the video, and the story behind it:
We’ve been watching this develop, as earlier today the Council on American Islamic Relations sent out one of their infamous email alerts about an amateur music video of a song about a Marine lured into an ambush by a “Hadji girl.” At this point there’s no verification that the singer is a Marine, although it looks authentic.Don't miss it. It's no great shakes as a song or performance (Lennon and McCartney's reps as master tunesmiths won't be diminished). But without the Blogosphere, this would be somewhat similar to how the legacy media treated the Swift Vets in August of 2004--with the media reporting their opinion of the story, but without providing links to readers to access to the underlying details; in this case the song's video and lyrics.
Lorie Byrd writes that for the elite media, assertion has essentially replaced truth--and it's safe to assert that that remains true with this story.
Writing about bias being inserted into a Washington Post story about President Bush's surprise trip to Iraq today, Ed Morrissey notes:
This war has afforded the American media with a number of opportunities to demonstrate their firm conviction that they are an objective system designed to discover and report the truth. Instead, they have repeatedly shown in ways small and large that they allow their personal biases to flow into their news reporting, underscoring the widespread knowledge that they ceased being objective decades ago.And fortunately, for America--and Iraq--it's no longer 1972.
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