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January 10, 2010

Good Manners

Let's take another look at this stuff about Roger Ailes:

...the 9/11 attacks had a profound effect on Mr. Ailes. They convinced him that he and his network could be terrorist targets.

On the day of the attacks, Mr. Ailes asked his chief engineer the minimum number of workers needed to keep the channel on the air. The answer: 42. “I am one of them,” he said. “I’ve got a bad leg, I’m a little overweight, so I can’t run fast, but I will fight."

The Ailes article was written by New York Times reporters David Carr and Tim Arango. When Ailes told them this, the blindingly obvious question any normal person would have asked him was how he felt about U.S. and Israeli targeting of media outlets. For instance:

In 1999, the U.S. bombed Serbia TV, killing at least five people.

In 2004, George Bush told Tony Blair he wanted to bomb Al Jazeera's headquarters in Qatar. Whether intentionally or not, the U.S. also has attacked Al Jazeera's offices in Kabul and Baghdad. (In addition, former British David Blunkett has said that he advised Blair to bomb Al Jazeera.)

In 2006, Israel bombed Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, Future TV and the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, killing at least one person.

Fortunately, New York Times reporters have good manners, and never ask the blindingly obvious questions any normal person would ask. That's how they get to be New York Times reporters in the first place.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at January 10, 2010 02:08 PM

Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

Posted by: Leon Benjamin at January 10, 2010 02:38 PM

The Upton Sinclair quote explains our current President's actions very well.

As well as the situation regarding the wonderful
network and media outlets in this nation.

Posted by: Elise Mattu at January 10, 2010 05:39 PM

'former British David Blunkett', you little tease Jon, last I had heard of him was when he was attacked by a cow(s), so you can understand why he's paranoid.

Incidently, "nobel peace of the dead prize" is only 68 results less than "david blunkett cow attack", a good target to aim for this year!

Posted by: Euripides at January 10, 2010 06:43 PM

In 1999, the U.S. bombed Serbia TV, killing at least five people.

16. And liberals cheered.

Posted by: John Caruso at January 11, 2010 02:36 AM

the latest from William Blum...on topic.-Tony

Posted by: tony at January 11, 2010 11:25 AM


That's an excellent article by William Blum, who consistently pushes against orthodoxy in eye-opening ways. I had forgotten that fabulous remark by Hiss about prison having been an excellent corrective for three years at Harvard.

Those people who don't think we have an active intelligence bureaucracy that is regularly "working" the media (and blogs and internet) probably won't appreciate the humor of one of the (phony) Osama videotapes praising Blum's book Killing Hope. To me, that just showed that some of those intel guys have a sense of humor, even if some of them are also psychopaths. (It may be the same ones.)

Posted by: N E at January 11, 2010 10:56 PM