“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden’s Death? – NYTimes.com http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/magazine/what-do-we-really-know-about-osama-bin-ladens-death.html?_r=1&referer=
Anyone, anywhere, who reads news or watches it on tv, or online should have a reasonable expectation that what they read are ” stories of an unbiased nature, written with facts, ethical bases, and with moral obligations to lend voice to the voiceless,” right?
Wrong, if we examine the history of journalism; or the history of journalism in America.
A BLAST FROM THE CIA ARCHIVE- who needs idealism, anyways? A Look Back … Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father of Covert Action
From the NYT article above:
“It’s hard to overstate the degree to which the killing of Osama bin Laden transformed American politics. From a purely practical standpoint, it enabled Obama to recast himself as a bold leader, as opposed to an overly cautious one, in advance of his 2012 re-election campaign. This had an undeniable impact on the outcome of that election. (‘‘Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,’’ Joe Biden was fond of boasting on the campaign trail.) Strategically, the death of bin Laden allowed Obama to declare victory over Al Qaeda, giving him the cover he needed to begin phasing U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. And it almost single-handedly redeemed the C.I.A., turning a decade-long failure of intelligence into one of the greatest triumphs in the history of the agency.”
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Afternotes: At its most incestuous, reporters and CIA officers are blood relatives. At one point, The New York Times correspondent in Vietnam, James Lemoyne, just happened to be the brother of the CIA’s counter-terror team chief in the Delta, Navy Commander Charles Lemoyne.
Another attempt to say it plain, which is, even then not simple.