Monday, March 14, 2005


Oh, Never Mind

After complaining yesterday (see Propaganda at the SAEN) that news from the Pentagon was propaganda, the SAEN goes on to cite the Pentagon as the source for news several times in today's paper. Maybe Sig Christenson was just kidding? First in the "News Briefs" section on page 6A the SAEN reports that two Marines were wounded on patrol in Afghanistan "the military said Sunday." Next, on page 10A ("Kurds say deal near...") the SAEN reports that US and Iraqi troops killed five terrorists. How does the SAEN know this? Well, "the military said" so. I am confused and don't know what to make of this. Either news from the Pentagon is propaganda or it isn't. In fact, since the SAEN is freely quoting military sources today I have to assume that the editors over at the SAEN don't agree with the conclusions drawn in Christenson's article yesterday.
Interestingly, Sig seems to have ripped off this New York Times feature for his locally-colored article.

Funny that he left out this part (hat tip to Instapundit):

The practice, which also occurred in the Clinton administration, is continuing despite President Bush's recent call for a clearer demarcation between journalism and government publicity efforts.
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