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I’m not sure there is any reason for an American network to run the whole “Osama” tape, as FOX did last night. Remember those horrific al Qaeda training tapes CNN got hold of and ran a few months back? That made sense, to see how demented and brutal the terrorists we face are. I’m not enthusiastic about CBS having aired the Daniel Pearl tape, but even that made a certain amount of sense, along similar lines. But airing the Osama bin Laden tape just seems to be a breaking-from-the-pack move that does nothing more than gets you some print news coverage for breaking with the pack. And, maybe, through the unedited, unfiltered message getting out to more people than it would have otherwise, it does damage.


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