Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Blogging from The Beach: What about Those Army Prison Abuses, Anyway? Or, Did Anyone Cover This Story?

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I am too busy reading Nicholas Nickleby and practicing my boogie-boarding to follow the news very closely, but I have a sneaking suspicion this story did not get much play in the elite news media.  It looks like the Army investigation of prisoner "abuses" turned up . . . essentially nothing.  A month from now I wonder how many people will still think U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq committed widespread atrocities and even torture?  Some myths die very hard, especially after months of the news media pounding home the same biased (and often outright inaccurate) reports.  Just last evening I happened to catch Howard Dean insisting that the 9/11 Commission found no connection between al-Quaeda and Iraq, and that GWB told the country that Irad was involved in 9/11.  Governor Dean does not read the newspapers, it seems; or maybe he doesn't care much about the truth.

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