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WaPo editor rebukes reporter for stating obvious

Reporters can no longer repeat what's already been widely disseminated by military analysts - provided it's not favorable to you know who.
The executive editor of the Washington Post, Leonard Downie Jr., has rebuked one of his Pulitzer-Prize winning reporters for suggesting on television that Israel was purposely leaving Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon "because as long as they're being rocketed, they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations."

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The reporter in question, Thomas Ricks, is the author of a new book, "Fiasco," sharply critical of the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq.

On the August 6 episode of CNN's Reliable Sources, Mr. Ricks said that "one of the things that is going on, according to some U.S. military analysts, is that Israel purposely has left pockets of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, because as long as they're being rocketed, they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon."

When CNN's Howard Kurtz asked if Mr. Ricks was "suggesting that Israel has deliberately allowed Hezbollah to retain some of its firepower, essentially for PR purposes, because having Israeli civilians killed helps them in the public relations war here," Mr. Ricks agreed that he had heard that from "military analysts."

"I have made clear to Tom Ricks that he should not have made those statements," Mr. Downie wrote to Mr. Koch.

Mr. Koch compared Mr. Ricks's statements to the "the age-old blood libel."

Mr. Ricks told The New York Sun, "The comments were accurate: that I said I had been told this by people. I wish I hadn't said them, and I intend from now on to keep my mouth shut about it."
Reporters can't think for themselves. They can't speak for themselves. They can't act for themselves. Exactly what kind of freedom is this?

6 Comments:

At Friday, August 18, 2006, Blogger Mike said...

It's going to be a long ride down.

 
At Friday, August 18, 2006, Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Freedom of the corporate press! Truth should never stand in the way of propaganda or ratings. I think it's rule number seven.

 
At Saturday, August 19, 2006, Blogger tomtom said...

Freedom only occurs when you are loaded with money. Without money no freedom. Anything is up for sale , integrety, dignety, your soul.

TomTom, Fearless Navigator

 
At Saturday, August 19, 2006, Blogger Whitewraithe said...

Duh - it isn't freedom, it is censorship and damage control avant-garde.

 
At Saturday, August 19, 2006, Blogger John Brown said...

Beyond the obvious censorship, Ricks's statement is simply another manifestation of racist 'Western' orientalism. Apartheid Israel has proven itself utterly incapable of inflicting the sort of damage on Hizbullah that Ricks implies.

 
At Sunday, August 20, 2006, Blogger lesliemai said...

so this is the ' freedom ' the great satan is trying to impose in my part of the world. i for one do not want this democratic dog eat dog style of gov't based on fear and mass consumption. fact is hizbullah won, like they have won before and are able to win in the future. zionist make it easy for hizbullah to win, when they bomb schools, use banned weapons,and unknown chemical weapons. i feel bad for the people return to ther home because maybe 20-30% of banned cluster bombs used by the zionist dont explode, and perhaps some are made to look like childs toy, or bury in ruble, waiting to take a life, surly God will punish those that dont tread lightly on the earth

 

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