CNN Hypes Purported al Qaeda Tape
Anyone watching the CNN report on the latest audio tape released from Baghdad would not be surprised to think that the terrorist threat from Bush's debacle had gone up in response to the Democratic win. However, that would be wrong. Newspaper reports discuss the tape (which by the way has not been verified) as from the leader of al Qaeda who has issued threats against Americans and want to blowup the White House.
A purported audio recording by the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq vows to step up the group's fight against the United States, saying, "We haven't had enough of your blood yet."
The recording was posted Friday on an Islamist Web site and the speaker is identified as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Al-Muhajer is also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri.
"Come down to the battlefield, you coward," the speaker says on the recording, which CNN cannot independently confirm as the voice of al-Muhajer.
But how CNN is reporting the story on TV is by interspersing pictures of al-Masri with Nancy Pelosi, thus building the visual picture that reinforces Bush's statements before the election that if the Democrats win, the terrorists win.
Once more the media is doing a horrible job of providing context and nuance to report on a story. The pictures are terribly deceptive and are designed to make sure Americans can't understand what's going on.
The newspaper accounts are bad because they continue to make the story one about the terrorists against the Americans. Only one report I've read gets to the point that if this tape is real (no one has confirmed the tape yet), it is clear that the words are by one of the Sunnis who blames Bush for the terrible mess he's created in Iraq and the middle East.
The speaker blasted Bush as "the most stupid leader that America, the country of slaves and narcotics, has ever known".
He said Bush's policies had allowed Iran to spread its influence in Afghanistan and Iraq after Washington toppled their Sunni rulers, and expanded Iran's reach into Syria and Lebanon.
One thing that we absolutely need to do is to get the media and people to talk with more preciseness on these issues. The Sunnis do make up a great part of the insurgents, but that does not make them terrorists. They are in a bitter civil war and they are angry with Bush and the Shiites for the situation they find themselves in. And it confuses the issues to conflate what's happening in Iraq as part of Bush's War on Terror.