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I know, I know ... it’s my fault
Posted by: McQ on Monday, January 07, 2008

Damn bloggers:
Not everyone is thrilled about how new technology has changed the way news is reported. Long-time White House Press Corp member and columnist for Hearst newspapers Helen Thomas is one of those unhappy. She blames bloggers for contributing to the “deterioration” of journalism that led to the Iraq war.

“What I really worry about is that I think the bloggers and everyone, everyone with a laptop thinks they’re journalists,” Thomas said. “And, they certainly don’t have our standards. They don’t have our ethics, and so forth.
Thank goodness.

And, since the left usually is irony impaired, Ms. Thomas is kind enough to prove she's no exception:
There’s a deterioration,” she continued. “Reporters laid down on the job in the run up to this [the Iraq] war.”


“I think they did a lousy job and we’re making for it now because the questions that should have been asked were not asked and because of 9/11 and the fear of being called unpatriotic, un-American and so forth. We let the country down,” Thomas added.
So much for those vaunted standards and ethics, huh Helen?

And so forth ...
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Previous Comments to this Post 

I know! The solution is to impose standards!

These people really can’t accept the decline of their profession. They’re just incapable of looking their own limitations in the face, even those that have been with journalists as long as I’ve been alive.

And of course, I’d bet Helen Thomas doesn’t think she’s a bit biased, despite her clear cut case of BDS.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Helen isn’t biased. She is simply right, and those who oppose her views are wrong.
Written By: Don
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Of course, while a minority bloggers try to create an alternative reality about Iraq that somehow paints things as rosey and worth the effort (though the public isn’t buying it), reality paints a different picture.
Written By: Scott Erb
Yeah, Doc...just because this last two months have been the lowest death rate since the invasion...and I might add that it was ANTICIPATED that the loss rate would increase as a result of the surge...

So, the surge results in very low casualties since its completion...and it’s a failure.
Had the surge operated as conventional wisdom expected, casualties would have increased and would be a failure.

Man as I say, this Progressive thing is matter what happens, we lose and it’s BUSH’S FAULT!

I might note, also that after June TOTAL casualties, Iraqi civilian and US military have fallen dramatically, but let’s don’t look at that...of course this is "fun with stat’s" isn’t it Doc? Average values versus MEDIAN or MODAL values... also what will you and the Independent do next year, I mean after we have to figure in these low figures in then if there’s a spike well then it gets lost in the statistics...OH THAT"S RIGHT, we’ll just ignore the last half of ’07 because it doesn’t support our theses.
Written By: Joe
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That’s right Scotty. Iraq is falling apart.......that’s why we have the sudden deafening silence about it, in the midst of a presidential campaign to boot.

Written By: shark
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I note that Erb has to cite a foreign source to get the spin he desires. Evidently the American main stream press is still doing as lousy a job as Helen Thomas says.
Written By: timactual
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The surge in troop numbers began well before June. In fact, the increase in force levels ended in June, most of the deaths occured during the surge. After that, there was a drastic change in policy when the commanders starting using the ’clear and hold’ strategy’; but that doesn’t change the fact that the surge itself failed. Nothing they did after that can make it seem like a success.
Written By: Ted
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Damn, McQ broke truth, justice, and the American Way.

I bet Henke and Franks put him up to it.
Written By: Terry
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On a more upbeat note:

Now that ya’ll know you have the power to destroy an entire industry with just your stern disapproval, what next? Or shoukd that be who’s next?
Written By: Terry
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After that, there was a drastic change in policy when the commanders starting using the ’clear and hold’ strategy’;
That was part of the Surge plan. It wasn’t just add soldiers, but a complete change in strategy...

Written By: Harun
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Erb ONCE AGAIN proves that he is only interested in his narrative rather than the facts.

From his citation:
The research comes from Iraq Body Count (IBC)
Here’s the actual data that Erb doesn’t bother to look at himself.

In reality, the civilian death rate outside of Bagdad is doing EXACTLY THE SAME THING as inside of Bagdad. It is going down month by month.

The first statement from the citation:
...figures that appear to contradict American claims that the troop "surge" has dramatically reduced the level of violence across the country.
is a lie.

The violence in Bagdad has dropped faster then the violence outside of Bagdad, so Erb is forced to spin and link to distortions.

Typically pathetic.
Written By: JWG
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Yes, things are not rosy. But then, nobody is claiming that. What is being claimed is that things are improving.

In fact, the deaths have been going down since May for soldiers, and since July for civilians. And they are both below historic monthly averages since September.

And might I add, that deaths are going down when people keep saying they historically go up (ie during the cooler winter months.)

I’ve put these in a chart in this post...
Written By: Keith_Indy
I’m well aware of that. I was just trying to test for myself Joe’s claim that this form of being "progressive" is easy. Between holding down my breakfast while ignoring simple facts and restraining myself from using logic; I would have to disagree with Joe and say it was difficult to leave that post as is without adding too much sarcasm. Maybe it becomes easier over time, I don’t want to find out.
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