Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Times misses - again...

The big news story from Iraq yesterday was the suicide bombing in Mahmudiya which killed 31 people. The Washington Post story makes it clear what the "insurgents" are really doing:
A suicide attacker steered a car packed with explosives toward U.S. soldiers giving away toys to children outside a hospital in central Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 31 people. Almost all of the victims were women and children, police said.

They killed women and children, innocent muslim Iraqis, who happened to be receiving gifts from US military personnel. The AP story said that:
American soldiers were there inspecting the facility and handing out candy to children.

But somehow, the New York Times, purveyors of "all the news that's fit to print," missed the context of the attack.
A suicide car bomb exploded Thursday near an American convoy at the entrance to the main hospital in the volatile town of Mahmudiya, killing at least 30 Iraqis and wounding dozens of others in a burst of fire and shrapnel.
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The bombing Thursday in Mahmudiya took place in the morning, as an American convoy was parked at or pulling up to the entrance of the hospital, witnesses said.

No mention of American soldiers handing out candy or toys. No mention that the victims were primarily women and children. No, because to the NY Times (which just this past week had an editorial claiming that "Dick Cheney is still trying to legalize torture" and "how much easier this would all be if it were not for America's tarnished reputation when it comes to torture" [for which the Times, and other media outlets, should certainly claim credit] and closed with "We're happy the administration pressed for a full accounting of abuse of Iraqis by Iraqis. Now, about the abuse of Iraqis by Americans ...") still thinks that Americans are the problem. We're the bad guys, we don't do good things. The NY Times belongs to the Michael Moore ("The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘The Enemy.’ They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow—and they will win.”) wing of the American left. So the facts that our soldiers are giving out toys and candy, and their bombers are blowing up women and children, are just too inconvenient to actually include in the news story.

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