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Mainstream Media Mendacity

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Pajama Hadin documents both faces of the mainstream [socialist] media.


29/08: Advice on Saddam by the MSM in 1997

Posted by: pajamahadin

How the Press felt about Saddam back in 1997 when Clinton was in office:

? “Conventional Wisdom,” Newsweek, Nov. 17: “Take him down.” (next to a photo of Hussein and a downward-plunging arrow)

? Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist, New York Times, Nov. 6: “Saddam Hussein is the reason God created cruise missiles. ...So if and when Saddam pushes beyond the brink, and we get that one good shot, let’s make sure it’s a head shot.”

? George Stephanopolous, former Clintonite and current ABC News analyst, on ABC’S “This Week,” Nov. 9: “This is probably one of those rare cases where assassination is the more moral course…we should kill him.”

? Sam Donaldson, co-host of “This Week,” Nov. 9: We should kill Saddam “under cover of law…. We can do business with his successor.”

? Bill Kristol, ABC News analyst, “This Week,” Nov. 9: “It sounds good to me.”

? Cokie Roberts, co-host of “This Week,” Nov. 9: “Well, now that we’ve come out for murder on this broadcast, let us move on to fast-track…”

? Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, Nov. 17: “It won’t be easy to take him out. ...But we need to try, because the only language Saddam has ever understood is force.”

? Newsweek, Dec. 1: “Why We Should Kill Saddam.”

These citations were compiled by Eric Umansky at on November 25, 1997.

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