Journalism

Create your own reality

Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, self-described “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani compared the Bush record against terrorism:

We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.


Remember Joe Biden’s line during his presidential campaign:

Rudy Giuliani — there’s only three things he mentions in a sentence. A noun and a verb and 9/11.


George Stephanopoulos failed to challenge Giuliani’s false statement or ask any follow-up question. He admitted on a subsequent blog entry:

All of you who have pointed out that I should have pressed him on that misstatement in the moment are right. My mistake, my responsibility.

Despite that dutiful admission, did Stephanopoulos err or merely follow a convention that has developed throughout the corporate media? It now seems fashionable for politicians to revise history and to do so publicly, with little or no challenge from the carriers of disinformation.

The ABC blog entry referenced above seems unequivocal yet another entry minimizes, almost excuses, Guiliani’s distortion as a mere slip of memory. Stephanopoulos’ blog readers are less forgiving and remind him of domestic attacks during the Bush regime, which include:

  • The 9/11 hijackings and attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon;
  • “The anthrax attacks”of late 2001;
  • The JDL effort to blowup a California Mosque in 2001;
  • The 2001 shoe bomber attack by Richard Reid;
  • Hesham Mohamed Hadayet’s shooting attack at LAX in 2002;
  • The 2002 DC sniper attacks by Malvo and Muhammad;
  • The 2006 attack at UNC-Chapel Hill by Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar;
  • The 2006 gun assault on the Seattle Jewish Federation;
  • Numerous attacks associated with anti-abortion and animal rights causes.

The Canadian Press says:

[Giuliani’s statement] echoed a recent claim by former Bush press secretary Dana Perino. Republican strategist Mary Matalin also recently said the Bush administration “inherited the most tragic attack on our soil in our nation’s history,” implying that the 9/11 attacks resulted from mistakes by the Clinton administration.

Bush replaced Clinton in the White House on Jan. 20, 2001, or almost eight months before the al-Qaida sponsored attacks.

In the USA, Faux News and others invent their own versions of reality but even the “respectable” media are willing partners to spreading lies, large and small.

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