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MSM Joins ACLU In Abu Ghraib Lawsuit

Cliff Kincaid reports that The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, CBS Broadcasting, NBC Universal, The Hearst Corporation, The New York Times Co., the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Advance Publications, the E.W. Scripps Company, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Newspaper Guild and the Tribune Company have joined the ACLU in its lawsuit against the Pentagon over the remaining photos and videos from the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal. Apparently the MSM wants Abu Ghraib back in the news so badly they have devoted legal resources to getting new photos from the Pentagon, despite Pentagon arguments that the release of those photos would endanger American lives and serve as propaganda for al-Qaeda.
Of course, the fact that the NY Times is involved is notable given the embarassing correction it was forced to run after a Times reporter falsely accused the Pentagon of lawlessly defying a court order to turn over the photos — a court order that never existed.
And we all remember Newspaper Guild president Linda Foley, who accused the U.S. military of targeting journalists for death but who, unlike CNN’s Eason Jordan, managed to keep her job. How? Easy: She was re-elected.
All this brings to mind something Michael Barone said on FNC a few days ago. He was speaking about the media’s obsession with Cindy Sheehan:

I think part of this is the question of the press corps. I mean, I asked the question if a World War II era Cindy Sheehan had gone to Hyde Park and Warm Springs and camped out and demanded a meeting with President Roosevelt, would she have received coverage from the press in the World War II era? And I’ve studied this era, and I think the answer is clearly no. She would just been thought to have been a person who was the victim of a personal tragedy and who had gone over the bend as a result of it, and they would have mercifully given her no publicity. We’ve got a different kind of press. In World War II, the press almost unanimously wanted us to win the war. Today we have many in the press — not most I think, but some at least — who do not want us to win this war and think that we don’t deserve to win this war. It’s a more critical press.

Now we see it’s not just the reporting. It’s the maneuvering behind the scenes as well.

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