Thursday, December 04, 2003

how to censor a news organization (iraq style)

1. get authority (it helps if a foreign invasion force crushes the old govt for you & props you up with power)

2. use your authority to censor the news organization (this is the easy part)

3. take advantage of your pull in the US to get an op ed in the washington post

4. say you aren't censoring but are actually "protecting the fledgling democracy". when challenged about this hypocrisy, say something like

We are not acting against legitimate and objective journalistic activities. We are taking steps to prevent psychological warfare and, more serious, incitement to murder. No country would do less.

or more succintly,

That is not journalism; that is aiding, abetting and encouraging criminal terrorist activity.

good stuff, yeah? ashcroft would be proud.

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