Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Tale of Two Tales

US Special Forces, supposedly confined to operations in Afghanistan, have attacked on Pakistani territory, killing civilians. A British account in the Guardian mentions civilian losses in a summation and in the first two paragraphs. The New York Times account buries such reports and even then only mentions "conflicting reports about civilian casualties". The Times and other American media organizations routinely cite "American officials" or "Israeli officials" or similar 'official' sources in cases like this. How these officials 'know' what they do is anybody's guess.

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