Monday, January 27, 2003
While reading [this transcript] of an interview with Janeane Garofalo on CNN (regarding her anti-war stance), I ran into this bit concerning the lack of media coverage on former UNSCOM inspector Scott Ritter's two-year-old arrest in NY state as part of an internet sex sting operation.
Here's Howard Kurtz of CNN's "Reliable Sources" program talking with Daniel Klaidman, the Washington Bureau Chief for Newsweek
KLAIDMAN: ... every week, we make tough judgments about what stories to do or not to do.
KURTZ: You did a page this week on the sweet potato queen. No room for Scott Ritter?
KLAIDMAN: Look, the issue here is we do stories that we think are important, we do stories that we think are compelling. We do stories that we think serve our readers, and we do stories that we think are entertaining. And not every story gets in. If the reporters in my bureau could get all their stories in, they would be very happy. That just can't happen.
Apparently, the mainstream media thinks that the sweet potatoe queen is far more important than stories that relate to the integrity of their sources. Ritter has often been quoted in the past two years regarding Iraq and US policy towards proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. His stance on any given issue changes with popular opinion - in 1998, for instance, he was very much for military action in Iraq, while today he is dead set against it.
In the intelligence business, the integrity of your sources is paramount. Apparently in the world of journalism it is not.
As far as Janeane Garofalo's interview, it was humorous at best. Her line "You have anchors saying all the time, well, we know Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. No, we don't. We do not. We do not know that. So..." only serves to make her come off like a kook. Perhaps she is equating WMD with only atomic and nuclear weapons, not the chemical weapons that Iraq used during the 1980s and 1990s against it's own people, Iran, and Syria. Maybe she missed Iraq's previous weapons declarations of stocks of Anthrax, Botulinum toxin, ricin, and alfatoxin.
Of course, another entertainer that is against the war, Barbara Streisand, [thinks] that the logging industry is pushing for war with Iraq.
Really. I should hire myself out as a foreign policy tutor in Brentwood, I'd make bank.
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