Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fox' Initial Report Of Bin Laden's Death: He Died A Week Ago

The video linked below is notable for three reasons.

As soon as the host announces the death, his guest, a general (or whatever rank) reveals that Bin Laden wasn't the operational head of al Qaeda anymore. How does he know? What everybody else from the government has been saying is that they hadn't known where OBL was, nor had they intercepted any communications from him in years. If true, on what basis could anyone say what OBL's role was? Or was this utterance an obviation to stifle calls for the end to the war on terror? Give Obama his election-year day in the sun, but keep the pretext for endless war alive.

Rivera announces that Bin Laden died a week before from a missile strike. He brings on a Fox correspondent who claims that she's spoken with people in the intelligence world and they have confirmed it. The media lie all the time and this may just be another disgraceful example, but if she did get that information from her "sources," they either didn't know and claimed they did, or the government made a script change between this broadcast and Obama's address. In any case, somebody lied, government or broadcaster or both.

Most disingenuously, it is claimed that the information was withheld for a week to check the DNA. This is an obvious lie, as it only takes a day or two. Is it possible that the missile story was the original fabrication, and that it was abandoned in favor of the raid vignette?

Again it would be easy to attribute these conundrums to Fox' corruption and/or incompetence, but it is unlikely that the war on terror's biggest media cheerleader would broadcast anything on such an important topic without authorization from the Pentagon. This broadcast was carefully staged: propitiously, they have a general on set; their information comes from Gene (somebody or other) whom Rivera calls "one of the best in the business" and then, as luck would have it, within minutes they are able to reach this guy by phone; then on comes their correspondent with her "sourced" confirmation, albeit erroneous.

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