"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Journo "Terror"

From The Drudge Report:

News of missing explosives in Iraq -- first reported in April 2003 -- was being resurrected for a 60 MINUTES election eve broadcast designed to knock the Bush administration into a crisis mode.

Jeff Fager, executive producer of the Sunday edition of 60 MINUTES, said in a statement that "our plan was to run the story on October 31, but it became clear that it wouldn't hold..."

The story instead debuted in the NYT. The paper slugged the story about missing explosives from April 2003 as "exclusive."

An NBCNEWS crew embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq.

According to NBCNEWS, the explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived.

Thus, this story is (i) not news, because it had previously been reported in April 2003; and (ii) not indicative of Bush administration "incompetence" because, after all, how can the administration be blamed for explosives that went missing before the invasion?

The story was being worked on feverishly by the discredited liberal news organizations CBS News and The New York Times in order to damage Bush at the last moment, however, the effort fell flat.

Kerry has taken this deflated ball and attempted to run with it, featuring the missing explosives story prominently today in his final major speech before the election. It's only the latest example of the sort of reprehensible conduct that demonstrates Kerry's unfitness to be president.

This episode brings to mind the Madrid train bombings. In this case, however, liberal journalists with a spurious story were attempting, through non-violent but mendacious means, to do what the terrorists in Spain accomplished with their bombs: influence an election.