On April 10th, David Kirkpatrick wrote a MEMO FROM TRIPOLI for the New York Times, informing Times readers of the Qaddafi regime's lack of credibility due to absurd and laughable public relations stunts and efforts to influence foreign reporting on the situation in Libya. This brief excerpt caught my attention, and really highlights the nature of journalism in this country (bold and underline mine):
For the more than 100 international journalists cloistered here at the invitation of the Qaddafi government, its management - or, rather, staging - of public relations provided a singular inside view of how this autocracy functions in a crisis.
As the incident of the faked blood shows, the Qaddafi government's most honest trait might be its lack of pretense to credibility or legitimacy. It lies, but it does not try to be convincing or even consistent.I literally laughed out loud after reading the above excerpt. I don't know why-- this type of hypocrisy and double standard is what the Times is best at, but it still made me laugh. We're still waiting for the Times to apply these same critical standards to the government of this country, and the Israeli government I might add. I have a feeling we'll be waiting for a while, as the very interests that own and control the U.S. and Israeli government own and control leading establishment media outlets like the New York Times.