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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The attempt to marginalize blogs has begun

When the FEC announced (on Monday) that they were giving blogs the same exemption from regulation that the MSM got, I said to a friend "This will not sit well with the media - watch them lash out!"

Yesterday the NYTimes printed this article.

"But now, an unusual experiment in public access is giving anyone with a computer a chance to play intelligence analyst and second-guess the government. "

Well gee....hasn't the Times (and the rest of the media) been doing that for 3 years now??? I mean come on!

"Under pressure from Congressional Republicans, the director of national intelligence has begun a yearlong process of posting on the Web 48,000 boxes of Arabic-language Iraqi documents captured by American troops. "

Congressional Republicans were not the ones pressuring to get the documents released. Journalist Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard has been the one man dervise behind the release. It was Mr. Hayes that filed the Freedom of Information Act requests to get the documents released. It was Mr. Hayes that lobbied said Congressional Republicans. It was Mr. Hayes who did all of the heavy lifting to allow us to read these documents. Oh and did I mention that Mr. Hayes was a journalist????

"Intelligence officials had serious concerns about turning loose an army of amateurs on a warehouse full of raw documents that include hearsay, disinformation and forgery. Mr. Negroponte's office attached a disclaimer to the documents, only a few of which have been translated into English, saying the government did not vouch for their authenticity. "

Now I will admit that I am an amateur when it comes to things like this. However, because I am an admitted amateur, I rely on what people in fields that do have that expertise.

"No offense, but the mainstream media tells people what they want them to know," said Mr. Robison (a blogger), who worked in Qatar for the Iraq Survey Group, which did an exhaustive search for weapons in Iraq."

Those people seem to think that there was something in those documents to indicate that the President was straight with the American people on the reasons for war - in spite of what the media would have us believe.


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