Al Qaeda Under Your Bed

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!

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