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5/22/2005

Here's your evidence, LaShawn

In St. Louis recently, Linda Foley, the head of the Newspaper Guild, a 35,000-member union, made the following remarks:
Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or politically. They are also being targeted for real, in places like Iraq. What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. They target and kill journalists from other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al -, like Arab news services like al-Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity.

Predictable wingnut outrage quickly followed. LaShawn Barber asked: 'Linda Foley, where's the evidence?' But Barber may not want to turn over that particular rock. The pattern of attacks on journalists is documented here and here.

That link comes via Steve Gilliard, who doesn't believe that journalists are being targeted--he believes that the US military in Iraq is engaging in indiscriminate killing:
What I think no one wants to come to grips with is that the US has a shoot first, ask no questions later. They don't just shoot reporters, they shoot everyone this way, store owners, drivers, kids who look at them funny, families.

There is a great deal of individual discretion, but the crime comes in when commanders want to cover their asses and never investigate incidents which need honest investigation. In a zero-defect military, it can kill careers to admit American soldiers are shooting at anything they can. So they do these perfunctory investigations, maybe charge a few EM's and NCO's, and move on. Because no one is going to risk their career by admitting error.

The fact is that Americans kill with impunity in Iraq. The US doesn't investigate anything where the US will be found at fault. And the commanders clearly have an anti-press message they give to the troops. But what people do not want to believe, even on the left, is that the US military is incredibly sloppy. Giuliana Sgrena wasn't shot in a conspiracy, but by a lone National Guard patrol. Which happens every day. When the US kills the wrong people, they hand out some money and that's the end of it.

Feel liberated yet, Iraq?

Yes, Linda Foley is clearly the problem here. Go get her, wingnuts!

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