May 7, 2004

"...we felt the image was disturbing."

Jonah Goldberg writes;

...Within 48 hours of the 9/11 attacks, the major news networks and leading newspapers were settling on a policy to stop showing images of victims leaping to their death from the World Trade Center. NBC ran one clip of a man plunging to his death, and then admitted it was a mistake. An NBC News V.P. told The New York Times, "Once it was on, we decided not to use it again. It's stunning photography, I understand that, but we felt the image was disturbing."

In fact, post-9/11 coverage illuminates an interesting cultural cleavage in the media. When shocking images might stir Americans to favor war, the Serious Journalists show great restraint. When those images have the opposite effect, the Ted Koppels let it fly... (via Betsy's Page)

The number-one priority for Ultras, both here and across the water, is to keep ordinary people asleep. Especially people of the English-speaking countries, who have some mysterious deep-rooted reluctance to being saddled and ridden.

There's no conspiracy; they don't need one because they are all on the same wavelength. Go anywhere in the developed, Western world, and you will find the same sort of people in favor of high taxes, government schools, gun-control, government TV and radio stations, and heavily regulated economies. And against Christianity and George W Bush. And in perfect agreement that ordinary people are a dangerous beast best kept placated and asleep.

And they all instinctively understood that the Global War on Terror was a catastrophe for them. Something to be downplayed, denied, hidden, fudged-over. Derided as nasty and primitive and illegal. And that the United States of America and its allies must be hindered!

Twenty tons of chemical weapons were recently seized in Jordan from Al Qaeda agents with many Iraq connections. That's not news! No "investigative reporters" are asking where that stuff might have come from. Don't arouse the beast. Play up Abu Ghraib for all it's worth, to make people feel humbled and doubtful about the War.

From an interview on the subject:

...But there's no doubt these guys confessed on Jordanian television that they received the training for this mission in Iraq. . . And from the description it appears this is the form of nerve gas known as VX. It's very rare, and very tough to manufacture . . . one of the most destructive chemical mass-production weapons that you can use. . . They wanted to build three clouds, a mile across, of toxic gas. A whole witch's brew of nasty chemicals that were going to go into this poison cloud, and this would have gone over shopping malls, hospitals . . . .
That's not news! Pay no attention. There is no war. I'm going to count to three and snap my fingers. You will awake. Television will be over for the night, and it will be time to go to bed. One...Two...

Posted by John Weidner at May 7, 2004 11:19 AM
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