Skip to comments.John Leo: "They's Infected My Journalism!"
Posted on 08/04/2006 5:27:20 AM PDT by hocndoc
John Leo Wed Jul 26, 12:14 PM ET
Washinton Post reporter Anthony Shadid is at it again. Shadid is the world's foremost practitioner of "They Killed My Baby!" journalism.
His technique is to appear at a war scene after a bombing and conduct an emotionally loaded interview with someone who has just lost a child or a spouse. The despair of the grieving civilian comes to represent the amazing brutality of war, almost always the brutality of Israel or the United States. The Post headline writers cooperate by placing an over-the-top headline on his piece, which therefore takes on the trappings of propaganda..
Good examples of Shadidism are "He Kept Bleeding" and "Father, Son Died, Family Wonders Why" (2002 accounts of Palestinian casualties), "The Whole World Cries" (2003, an errant U.S. missile lands in Baghdad, thus becoming a symbol of American heedlessness) and "God Stop the Bombs" (this morning's story of suffering civilians in Lebanon).
Shadid writes today that "anger, fear and abandonment poured forth" from Tibnin General Hospital. Someone says "They were destroying the houses over our heads. Fine, let soldier fight soldier, but we're civilians." This would have been an excellent time for Shadid to mention Hezbollah's strategy of placing military sites in heavily civilian areas, presumably to guarantee Shadid-type coverage.
Shadid calls the hospital a "Guernica-like tableau of suffering, desperation and anguish." Guernica-like? That means the Israelis are Nazis. Aren't big-time editors supposed to delete wretched excesses like this? Or is the Shadid virus spreading at the Post? "They've Infected My Journalism!," anguished staffers aver as "The Whole Newsroom Cries!"
The ultimate example of Ann Coulter's description of victims that we're not allowed to argue against.
Just a ping.
Do you remember how the pampered journalists pretended they could cover the invasion of Afghanistan without going there? That was until Geraldo showed them up for the softies that they are. This emphasis on civilian death shows up their own fears and reluctance to get hurt. They would rather cover prisons than battles. They talk about it all of the time when they say how hard it is to cover Iraq. They stay in their hotels, but show pictures of traffic jams when IED's explode. Obviously, Iraqis have things to do. Our so-called journalists are way overpaid hot-house plants. We need some hungry young turks.
I've never heard of Anthony Shadid - and I read and watch a LOT of news. He must be another nobody reporter wanting to take the easy way.
John Leo, on the other hand, is syndicated in many newspapers, including my rinky-dink little paper in St. Joseph, MO. I read him a lot.
Thanks for confirming my opinion!
Thanks so much!
We get John Leo's articles here at Lake of the Ozarks.
Washinton Post reporter Anthony Shadid is at it again.
Washington Post= Liberal Bias.
Washington Times= accuracy
NY Times= crap
NY Post= better than NY Times.
AP= leftist Hezbollah puppets.
Thank you, John Leo.
Thank you, John Leo.
Unless it is the Zapruder film of JFK's exploding head or some surveillance tape from a convenience store robbery.
Hey! My husband's from St. Joseph!
Thanks for the ping!
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