Why would these mainstream news outlets obscure who was responsible for the mass killing of doctors and patients?
The Intercept has a perspective that could bias them with a story like this. But when a Liberal news site congratulates the Wall Street Journal on printing the plain truth and points out that two major liberal sources are trying to hide it, I think we should take notice. The Intercept contends that the New York Times and CNN both tried to hide from readers the perpetrator of a mass killing. I don’t mean a mass shooting in another gun free zone. I refer to the bombing of a hospital, roasting to death doctors and patients, in Afghanistan.
Glenn Greenwald writes, “CNN and the NYT Are Deliberately Obscuring Who Perpetrated the Afghan Hospital Attack.”
Much of the world spent the last 48 hours expressing revulsion at the U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. It was quite clear early on that the perpetrator of the attack was the U.S., and many media outlets and other organizations around the world have been stating this without any difficulties.
“U.S. Airstrike Kills 19 at Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan,” states the straightforward Wall Street Journal headline, under which appears this equally clear lede: “A U.S. airstrike in the Afghan city of Kunduz killed at least 19 people at a hospital run by international medical-aid organization Doctors Without Borders early Saturday, prompting condemnation from humanitarian groups and the United Nations.”
But while the whole world, from seemingly many different ideological perspectives, was condemning the mass killing perpetrated by the United States government, two “news” sources couldn’t stomach allowing their readers to have doubts about the sanctity of the organization headed by our Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Greenwald points out that, for at least thirty-six hours, CNN ran an opening paragraph that brazenly asserted that an attack on the hospital occurred at “about the time of a U.S. airstrike.” They deliberately tried to make readers think this was a separate attack that was not perpetrated by U.S. forces.
This lie deserved to be mocked and it was:
As the blogger Billmon wrote: “London 1940: Civilians throughout the city were killed at about the same time as a German air strike, CNN reports.”
Would that be considered acceptable news coverage?
The only action assigned to the United States government was the investigation after the slaughter. Readers are supposed to believe that we “the good guys” are out there trying to decipher who carried out the deadly attack.
The New York Times also tried to avoid saying what happened and who did it by relying on passive voice in their headline. The next day we got what Greenwald calls a “modest improvement” in the headline: “U.S. Is Blamed After Bombs Hit Afghan Hospital.” But why not save the ink and print the real truth? As one twitterer suggested: “U.S. Is Blamed After Bombs Hit Afghan Hospital.”
And what are we to say now about assurances that we are so careful when we use drones or conventional bombs and missiles to “target” terrorists? If these doctors had not been part of an international aid organization, and had merely been Afghan civilians, including women and children, would we be hearing about their deaths in the news?
If one of your parents or children was burned to death in his or her hospital bed by U.S. airstrikes would you be more likely or less likely to support anti-American terrorism? Is it any wonder that, after years of drone attacks, we are in more danger from terrorism than ever before? We are basically accelerating our debt slavery by billions and trillions of dollars to make the world a less safe place for Americans.
Mass killing is not a strategy that will bring peace or even victory to our nation.