Friday, June 01, 2007

Who am us, anyway?

A fine Glenn Greenwald column today, as usual. I rarely read the reader comments but did this morning, and ... yikes:
It's too bad that the state of our country isn't as bad as you want it to be. If it was I could happily reflect on you staying in a secret prison having your flesh burned and your eyes poked out.

The U.S. public has been continually subjected to complimentary coverage of Al Qa'ida by the U.S. mainstream media. Where is the TV news program that would dare describe Al Qa'ida as "terrorists", or the movie which portrays Al Qa'ida members as anything less noble than human rights observers in benighted African nations?

It's time to break the positive PR spin on Al Qa'ida which fills U.S. mainstream discussion.

I'm curious what media that person is watching. Perhaps his tin-foil hat is picking up signals, because I watch/read a lot of news and I don't recall a single "Al Qa'ida is nifty!" story. Also missed the Al Qa'ida movie that cast the group as human-rights observers. Was Brad Pitt in that? I'll have to check Netflix.

These are, of course, the audience that the Republican presidential hopefuls are pitching to.

Hold me. I'm frightened.


God Is My Codependent said...

The pyramid is opening!

Jim Donahue said...

Which one?

God Is My Codependent said...

The one with the ever-widening hole in it!

fermicat said...

These are the same idiots who use the term 'enhanced interrogation techniques' with a straight face. They claim we (the US) don't torture, but are against any kind of legislation outlawing it.

God Is My Codependent said...

'cat, did you see the George Tenet interview on 60 Minutes? It had smoke coming out of my ears. The semantic games he was playing!

punkinsmom said...

You have to remember that aside from being completely disconnected from reality, these people also think that the terms "muslim" and "al Qa'ida" are interchangable. So when the [evil] mainstream media [not including FauxNews] has a story about Muslims or Isalm that is handled with, what reality-based people would call "fairness," these guys -and gals- scream about coddling terrorists.