Media spins Zarqawi killing into a negative
…. surprise! Visit Newsbusters and just keep scrolling for some of the absurdity our ‘unbiased’ MSM put forth in response to the killing of Zarqawi.
This one was particularly interesting. Matt Lauer questioned the timing:
Matt Lauer: “And Mik, let me just talk about the timing of this. The, the U.S. military has been rocked over the last couple of weeks by headlines suggesting an alleged massacre in Haditha. So clearly this comes at a very important time for the Pentagon.”
Jim Miklaszewski: “Well it comes at an important time for the Pentagon, the Bush administration but also for the Iraqis to sort of regain some confidence in their own security forces, Matt. And it was no mistake that the U.S. sat on this information for about 18 hours and allowed the information to be conveyed to the Iraqis and the world by Prime Minister Maliki.”
When/if OBL is captured or his remains are found, I wonder how they’ll spin THAT?
Did you hear what Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) had to say in response to today’s good news?:
“This is just to cover Bush’s [rear] so he doesn’t have to answer” for Iraqi civilians being killed by the U.S. military and his own sagging poll numbers, said Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat. “Iraq is still a mess — get out.”
If he’s your rep, contact him and let him know how you feel about his comments.
(Hat tip: Allahpundit)
More negativity: Scott Thill at HuffPo:
Ah, the more things change, the more they remain the same. If there are any Americans left who believe that the death of Zarqawi is anything other than an orchestrated photo-op, then it’s time to start scouting out apartments in Vancouver.
Dr. Sanity points to other frowning anti-war liberals in the blogoshere here.
Confederate Yankee has a screencap of the CNN website where they posted a photo of a neighboring home that was bombed in the hit on Zarqawi. I guess CNN’s angle was ‘were civilians killed?’
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer wonders about “collateral damage” (via Democracy Project):
Journalist: Wolf Blitzer (Situation Room)
In an otherwise good interview of the venerable Zalmay Khalilzad live from Baghdad, Wolf wrapped up with the final Question:
“Collateral Damage, Mr. Ambassador. Do you know if there were any innocent civilians killed as collateral damage in the double-bombing?”
All things considered, this may be the first time CNN has shown concern about the possibility of innocent Iraqis being killed.
On a much more upbeat note, Chris Hitchens provides a breath of fresh air:
If we had withdrawn from Iraq already, as the “peace” movement has been demanding, then one of the most revolting criminals of all time would have been able to claim that he forced us to do it. That would have catapulted Iraq into Stone Age collapse and instated a psychopathic killer as the greatest Muslim soldier since Saladin. As it is, the man is ignominiously dead and his dirty connections a lot closer to being fully exposed. This seems like a good day’s work to me.
Check out AllahPundit’s Zarqawi airstrike remix video. COOL! (Hat tip: Kevin/blogagog)