Thursday, April 15, 2004

yaledailynews.com - 'Operation' to save presidency fails at launch: "Of course, no proof exists as to the actual involvement of the Bush administration in this 'operation' [the NBC movie about 9/11] except that Republicans tend to have exceptional stealth-like technique when it comes to influencing the media. After all, CBS decided not to air the supposedly biased movie about Reagan's life last year or the MoveOn.org ads during the Super Bowl after an uproar from the right.

Furthermore, there are other small indicators that call into question their involvement in this 'covert operation.' First of all, the timing to air the movie could not have been more perfect with the barrage of controversy surrounding pre-Sept. 11 intelligence. Perfect timing has become a trademark of the Bush administration. Remember the secret trip to Baghdad that was perfectly timed to coincide with Thanksgiving? Moreover, when one of the characters claims the government knew about the possibility of hijackings, but not the use of planes as missiles, he echoes the testimony of National Security Advisor Rice and previous responses from administration officials who have stated the exact same thing. But wait, there is more. The movie's focus on the search for Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan attempts to act as a distraction from the reality of the crisis in Iraq. Finally, big business and the media have become synonymous with five corporations dominating the industry, and we all know that big business overwhelming contributes to Bush."


I feel an overwhelming need to write a letter to the editor in response to this column, and I will do so just as soon as I finish the paper I'm working on.
Here are some of my initial thoughts:

  • What?? She really thinks that NBC broadcast a movie about 9/11 because Bush wanted it to happen? Come off it.
  • Why would the YDN (which at least likes to pretend to be a legitimate news source) agree to publish such conspiracy theory nonsense?
  • Perhaps the reason one of the characters talks about the administration knowing that hijackings were possible, but not thinking of planes as missiles, and the reason this ties in with Condi's testimony is that it's true? Has she bothered to read the PDB? It mentions hijackings. NOTHING in the government mentions kamikazes.
  • One of my favorites: "The movie's focus on the search for Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan attempts to act as a distraction from the reality of the crisis in Iraq." Oh really? Maybe it's because it's a movie about 9/11, and as you all on the left love to point out, Iraq has nothing to do with that, whereas searching for Bin Laden does? (disclaimer: I acknowledge that Iraq and Saddam Hussein likely had nothing to do with 9/11. I still maintain that we are in Iraq precisely to do everything we can to prevent future 9/11s.)
  • And the one that takes the cake: "Finally, big business and the media have become synonymous with five corporations dominating the industry, and we all know that big business overwhelming contributes to Bush." I really love people who think that all big business acts as a unit, and that the networks are controlled entirely by their parent companies--it just shows their ignorance of the way a corporation works.
I'm really ashamed that the YDN published this, and sincerely hope that they'll publish my response. If I get around to writing it...

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