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The New York Times occasionally admits to their biased reporting, buried deep in the paper, in an article by their “Public Editor” Clark Hoyt. In this article, Hoyt points out that NYT journalists are bolstering the president’s claim that Al Qaeda is behind all the violence against our troops in Iraq. An absurd claim, according to reality. Here’s an excerpt:
“… [The New York Times] has slipped into a routine of quoting the president and the military uncritically about Al Qaeda’s role in Iraq — and sometimes citing the group itself without attribution.
“And in using the language of the administration, the newspaper has also failed at times to distinguish between Al Qaeda, the group that attacked the United States on Sept. 11, and Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, an Iraqi group that didn’t even exist until after the American invasion.
“For the president, an emphasis on Al Qaeda has political advantages at a time when powerful former allies, like Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are starting to back away from his war policy. Al Qaeda is an enemy Americans understand, in contrast to the messy reality of an Iraq where U.S. troops must also deal with Sunni nationalists, Shiite militias and even criminal gangs.”
For the full article, click here.
Bravo, Clark Hoyt!
Conservative Bruce Fein and liberal John Nichols agree.
“… the iPhone only works if you are an AT&T customer. If your mobile phone service is with any other provider — T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint — you’re out of luck. You can’t have it. To get one, you’ll have to break your contract with your service and change to AT&T. That will cost you a few hundred dollars in early termination fees. And if you are on a family plan, you may have to pay a separate fee to terminate all of your family’s phones. Only then will you have the privilege of dropping $600 on an iPhone and signing up for a two-year contract with AT&T.
“Oh, and if you live in one of more than a dozen states where AT&T doesn’t offer close to full coverage? Too bad. No iPhone for you.
“Why is the iPhone shackled to AT&T? Why won’t it work on any network? It turns out that there aren’t any technical reasons why it can’t. It’s just a business deal: Apple has agreed to give AT&T the exclusive rights to provide service.
“But it gets worse: phone companies don’t just hold the iPhone captive; they also routinely cripple features on handsets (like Wi-Fi, games, audio and video) so that you can only access their “preferred” content. They also limit access to the network, despite marketing “unlimited access”. And they reserve the right to boot you off the network if you do almost anything they don’t like.”
by Ben Scott, in the Guardian
To read the full article, click here.
Even if you already saw this, it’s worth repeating.