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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Your Daily Newspaper Outrages

First up, Aznar in the Journal:

Some think the solution is to sue for peace, to negotiate with terrorists so that they might go and kill elsewhere. ... ETA or al Qaeda--the difference is important, to be sure, but the response to what has happened should be the same ... we must not send out confusing messages, messages that induce people to believe that we have to make concessions to those demanding that we kneel before bombs. This is not the moment to think about withdrawals of troops.

Hmm, suggesting that his political opponents are soft on terror when they're not, foolishly claiming that ETA and Al Qaeda should have the same response, conflating Iraq with actual terrorists... You get the idea.

Also, Alterman quotes from NYT's Elisabeth Bumiller on the White House presser held on the eve of the Iraqi invasion:

I think we were very deferential because ... it's live, it's very intense, it's frightening to stand up there. Think about it, you're standing up on prime-time live TV asking the president of the United States a question when the country's about to go to war. There was a very serious, somber tone that evening, and no one wanted to get into an argument with the president at this very serious time.

Alterman notes that, "it would nice if Times editors would take a position on whether its reporters should refrain from questioning the president because 'it's scary.'"