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Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Kill the Messenger

That's a terrific song by John Wesley Harding, and it also seems to be one of the primary stocks in trade of right wing pundits. This time, it's Tony Blankley, editorial page editor for the Washington Times talking about Haditha:

The point it that this is going to be used, and is already being used by the opponents of the president, domestically and abroad, as a blood libel not just against these young -- these young men but against the military service and against the country. I've always been on one show -- I've already been on one show this week where they were tarring the entire honor of the American men in uniform -- of women in uniform. It's going to be -- Pat's correct -- it's going to be a propaganda catastrophe for the Unites States. And the over-reporting of it by a gleeful media is more damaging to the country than any other single fact.

No, Tony, the commission of the crime is more damaging to the country than any other single fact. And it would be nice if all these people who claim to be worried about America's image in the world would work on getting the policymakers to stop doing things that hurt America's image instead of trying to keep the reporting of it under wraps and/or pretending that the reporters are the ones doing the damage.

And, of course, these things never appear in just one place. Noted drug fiend Rush Limbaugh chimes in:

This Haditha story, this Haditha incident, whatever, this is it folks, this is the final big push on behalf of the Democratic Party, the American left, and the Drive-By Media to destroy our effort to win the war in Iraq. That's what Haditha represents -- and they are going about it gleefully. They are ecstatic about it... Folks, let me just put it in graphic terms. It is going to be a gang rape. There is going to be a gang rape by the Democratic Party, the American left and the Drive-By Media, to finally take us out in the war against Iraq. Make no bones about it.

No outrage about the killing of innocent people, no. Just about the reporting of the killing. Disgusting.

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