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Monday, May 03, 2004
"Images of torture do little to win hearts and minds" is the curious title of an article by Tim Ripley that appears in today's edition of The Scotsman.
You don't say.
That, however, is nothing compared to the CBS News report I saw last night on the Uncle Sam's torture scandal (the word "scandal" hardly seems grave enough) that ended with the reporter saying, "it may be the image of the U.S. soldier that is suffering the most."
Some professional complainers will no doubt find something to complain about in this title, but a look through the last 10 years of CBS' reports will turn up as examples that show there is nothing out of the ordinary about this comment. Some examples:
-Nothing has suffered more as a result of last week's bombing in Oklahoma City more than the public's perception of white supremacist militia types." (April 26, 1995)The moral of this search is that CBS News can always be trusted to not in any way put forward the message that the lives of non-Americans are worth less than those of Americans.
I love how this is so often said to be "alleged" abuse. The news media would of course do the same thing if the images were of Iraqis abusing U.S. soldiers. "Well it looks bad but the Iraqis might have had a good reason for doing what they did."