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Iraqi Official to American Press: Report More Good
DoD-AFPS ^ | June 20, 2004 | Kathleen T. Rhem

Posted on 06/20/2004 5:01:38 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl

American Forces Press Service


Iraqi Official to American Press: Report More Good

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 20, 2004 – Iraq's deputy prime minister implored the American press to provide more balanced coverage of operations in Iraq.

Barham Salih, a prominent leader from Kurdish northern Iraq, made his plea June 19 to American reporters traveling in Iraq with Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

"I hope you from the American press will be able to tell people back home … that (through) this mission you are giving an entire nation an opportunity to be rid of their challenges," he said.

"These soldiers are helping renovate schools and so on, and very, very little of that is reported," Salih continued. "We have to be grateful to those young men and women who have come from afar, sacrificing their lives to defend our security and our freedom."

He said context is important, and many American papers don't put things in the proper context. For instance, he said, "Many of the op-ed writers before the war predicted that Kirkuk would become the scene of the most vicious civil war," he said, referring to the northern Iraqi city that has been the site of problems between Kurds and Arabs.

"There are tensions in Kirkuk," he said, "but no civil war."

New Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer explained his belief that 90 percent of what's happening in Iraq is good news, and 10 percent in bad. "The media is magnifying the 10 percent, ignoring the 90 percent," Yawer said.

He said the scandal surrounding detainee abuses at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison is a perfect example. The issue is clearer to people like him who have lived in the United States and understand American values, he said.

"I know this is outrageous to the American public (and) to the American administration as much as it is outrageous to the Iraqis," Yawer said.

But, he added, regular Iraqis "have been breastfed hatred to the United States and Great Britain for 45 years."

Yawer said he and other Iraqi leaders are working to acquaint the Iraqi people "with the real values of the American Bill of Rights and other great things you have in your constitution."

Related Article:
New Iraqi President Calls Saddam 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: freedom; gnfi; iraq; iraqization; mediabias
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1 posted on 06/20/2004 5:01:39 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: TEXOKIE; xzins; Alamo-Girl; blackie; SandRat; Calpernia; SAMWolf; prairiebreeze; MEG33; ...
Ping.

Hoo ah!

2 posted on 06/20/2004 5:05:21 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Hey Cowgirl....>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The alphabet networks are really getting spat on today!!! HUZZAH!
3 posted on 06/20/2004 5:09:06 PM PDT by EggsAckley (........"John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute".........)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

I wonder when Ratherbiased will interview Barham Salih on 60 minutes? I'll not hold my breath.


4 posted on 06/20/2004 5:10:58 PM PDT by AZamericonnie ("America is too great for small dreams" President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Iraq's deputy prime minister implored the American press to provide more balanced coverage of operations in Iraq

Not a chance, unless of course the was a president Kerry. Then things would turn around in Iraq.(bigtime sarcasm ON)

5 posted on 06/20/2004 5:13:38 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

Steve Harrigan of FOX from Iraq gave it to FOX and the people who talked to him today, He said what is the point showing the beheading all the time. He said it does not help. Tell them of the incident and be done.


6 posted on 06/20/2004 5:15:59 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

"Iraq's deputy prime minister implored the American press to provide more balanced coverage of operations in Iraq. "

Thanks for the post and ping.

I am glad that the Iraqi deputy PM is actually saying this.

This just shows how anti-US the American Media is, refusing to provide balanced coverage. Blow bad news out of proportion and refuse reporting the good news.


7 posted on 06/20/2004 5:24:51 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: Howlin; Peach

Look, more snow in hell.


8 posted on 06/20/2004 5:34:37 PM PDT by txhurl (~)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
"Hello, .....Ted Koppel?"

"I'm sorry, he's taking another nap. He doesn't want to be disturbed."

9 posted on 06/20/2004 5:42:37 PM PDT by cookcounty (LBJ sent him to VN. Nixon expressed him home. And JfK's too dumb to tell them apart!)
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To: Brimack34

Kind of like 9/11?


10 posted on 06/20/2004 5:46:14 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 ("Proud to be a Reagan American")
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I expect to see this on CBS Evening News Spews tomorrow night! :^D

11 posted on 06/20/2004 6:02:17 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Call me the Will Rogers voter: I never met a Democrat I didn't like - to vote OUT OF POWER !)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
American Press to Iraqi Official: Sorry we're in the middle of an election and John Kerry needs all the help he can get.
12 posted on 06/20/2004 6:05:33 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: txflake

The other day a leftist acquaintance wanted to know if there was ANY good news from Iraq.

It tooks me just a few minutes digging on FR to find it, one of the few web sites in the WORLD I'll bet that collects the good news in Iraq.


13 posted on 06/20/2004 6:10:16 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: jwalsh07

You nailed it. They aren't even subtle anymore. They are a wholly-controlled subsidiary of the 'Rats.


14 posted on 06/20/2004 6:21:38 PM PDT by You Dirty Rats (WE WILL WIN WITH W - Isara)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

Dan Rather would love to help, but he has been too busy "servicing" Bill Clinton.


15 posted on 06/20/2004 6:21:57 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (HAVOC be upon them!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

The Defense Department had to report this, because the press won't.


16 posted on 06/20/2004 6:41:14 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
But, he added, regular Iraqis "have been breastfed hatred to the United States and Great Britain for 45 years."

What this well meaning Iraqi official doesn't understand is that under the guidance of the NEA, our kids have been subjected to the same kind of "hate America" propaganda as their kids.

Given the diet of "moral relativisim" out kids have been fed for more than a generation, it's really no wonder that our press can't tell the moral difference between lowering people into wood chippers and making them wear panties on their heads and stand in the hall.

17 posted on 06/20/2004 7:42:31 PM PDT by John Valentine ("The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

Paging Rush Limbaugh. Paging Hugh Hewitt. Paging John & Ken. Paging Michael Reagan. Paging Michael Savage.

Hello? Anyone reading this???


18 posted on 06/20/2004 8:02:04 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (God Bless America)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

Bump!


19 posted on 06/20/2004 8:16:12 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: ValerieUSA

pingin' you, pingin' me

New Iraqi President Calls Saddam 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1157029/posts

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1156979/posts


20 posted on 06/20/2004 9:03:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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