Friday, May 20, 2005

NYT- All the News That's Already Been Printed

Right on cue, the New York Times features a 6,000 word demonstration of snake-oil journalism. Tim Golden is reporting on the deaths of two Afghan detainees held by our forces in Afghanistan.

I must take this opportunity to apologize to my readers; I haven't read all 6,000 words and have no intention of doing so. The peddlers of snake-oil journalism have worn me down this week and I just can't stomach any more of their bitter sugar-water.

The other reason I'm not going to waste my time reading all 6,000 words is that this is not news. First, it is a dissemination of a report resulting from a military investigation, which means the military discovered the problem and took at least some corrective action. Second, it was widely reported late last year and earlier this year. Finally, I read the first full page of the New York Times story and saw no indication that 6,000 more words would add any value whatsoever to the information I already have about the years-old prisoner abuse in Afghanistan.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the point of your blog to sound as ignorant and non-chalant about human rights abuses as possible? If so, you succeed. I wonder how it becomes possible to sublimate evil so easily that one senses only mild annoyance in your decision not to read (or care) about how a fellow human being might be intensely tortured by others just like you. Get a real life you two-bit facist hack.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Dannytoro said...

It's quite amusing to hear the press rehashing and repackaging issues already given to inspection. One can also find great pause for those professing to be lamenting the humanity involved. After all the spectre of people demonstrating in newly liberated lands, and billions given for tsunami relief speaks volumes for the humanity of this country. among a vast number of other great things we do as a country.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Anonymous,

Is it your point to only pay attention to human rights abuses committed by the United States? When Nick Berg was beheaded, were you equally as outraged, or did you blame the United States government for that too? I suspect it was probably the latter.

12:12 PM  

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