Rick, I'm sorry, but did you notice these simple facts:
1) This crusade against "false information in Iraq" is being lead by Ministry of Interior, which essentially says that nothing is true until it confirmed that it's true.
2) The former Minister of Interior (now Minister of Finance) had been caught running death squads and secret prisons. At the regular Iraq blog you can read about women being harassed by MOI members for not wearing veils and other "non-Muslim" behavior.
3) The current Minister of Interior is a former Sadrist.
4) Al-Maliki had recently said that "Al-Sadr is not a problem".
Do you really have such strong a belief in the lack of corruption in the Iraqi government (which consists mostly of Islamic extremists), that it's OK with you if the representative of it's most notorious branch says "nothing is news unless we say it's news"?
Forget about AP, just think about this: Al-Maliki says that Al-Sadr is not a problem; there are wide "rumors" about ethnic cleansing in Baghdad (you know, just as there were "highly improbable rumors" about Holocaust at WWII times); Al-Sadr's ally says that all the news about violence should be checked with him; it's a general agreement among most of the Iraqi bloggers that all the Al-Maliki's talks about unity are shallow and he's just an Iran's puppet; Al-Maliki ran a cell of Jihadists Insurgents in 80-ies sponsored by Iran, and there are good grounds to suspect that he was in the game when his organization bombed American Embassy in Kuwait and when Hezbollah, which was just a branch of his organization, did all the bombings in Lebanon in.
And you are ready to forget about all those factors, all because it gives you pleasure when somebody bashes AP?Comment Posted By Nikolay On 30.11.2006 @ 17:43
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And remember, it worked.Comment Posted By Nikolay On 30.11.2006 @ 12:06
And yet they werenâ€™t so organized to make a propaganda effort before the election when it could have made a difference.
They don't care who is elected. Their goal is to make people in America hate each other, to undermine democracy, to incite fear etc. So far Fox serves as a very willing accomplice, even running the film full of terrorist propaganda several times before elections.Comment Posted By Nikolay On 12.11.2006 @ 18:13
Guys, since you talk about reaction to the Democrat's win abroad, I just wanted to say that in Russia, where, as you probably know, in the last six years we've lost half of the civil liberties we had in 90-es, all the leading politicians are universally unhappy.Comment Posted By Nikolay On 12.11.2006 @ 18:01
Their point: Republicans are pragmatic and don't really care about human rights, democracy, freedom of speech etc., while Democrats are much more principled, and thus will probably make a lot of troubles for Putin's Russia.
This is not propaganda, this is what they really think.