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The Weblog at The View from the Core - Mon. 05/15/06 08:43:04 PM

Rosenthal Calls Mainstream Media a Pack of Liars

Well, not exactly.

A. M. Rosenthal, sometime reporter and editor for the New York Times, died May 10. Terry Mattingly, over at GetReligion, directs us to an NYT editorial, May 12, in which Rosenthal is quoted:

When A. M. Rosenthal's years as executive editor of this newspaper were over, he wrote fondly of his first day on the job here as a 21-year-old cub reporter. He rushed off on an assignment — a hotel homicide — and after he had proudly flashed his press card and asked to see the corpse, he was told by a detective, "Beat it." That rebuff was a perfect starting point for Abe Rosenthal. He died on Wednesday at the age of 84 after a remarkable six-decade career that included numerous newspaper achievements but none more of a personal memorial than his fierce defense of press freedom — his bristling refusal to accept "Beat it" from government.
This toughness culminated momentously in The Times's battle with the Nixon administration to publish the Pentagon Papers, the government's own classified history of the grievous missteps that mired the nation in the Vietnam War. He put it this way: "When something important is going on, silence is a lie." In the newsroom, where he led the paper through 17 years of unparalleled journalistic and economic growth, Abe Rosenthal could be a fearsome presence, punishing editors and reporters for perceived shortcomings. But he was just as unapologetic in rebuffing outside critics. In both cases, he envisioned The Times as a precious institution that had to be protected daily — "a world of land, sea and mind in which to roam," he once exulted....

When something important is going on, silence is a lie.

Recently, a memo was obtained and translated by the American military, in which al Qaeda in Iraq lamented their increasing failures and inadequacies:

.... At the same time, the Americans and the Government were able to absorb our painful blows, sustain them, compensate their losses with new replacements, and follow strategic plans which allowed them in the past few years to take control of Baghdad as well as other areas one after the other. That is why every year is worse than the previous year as far as the Mujahidin’s control and influence over Baghdad....

Both Mark Tapscott and Jack Kelly have found that mainstream media has reported absolutely nothing about the memo.

When something important is going on, silence is a lie.

Thanks, Abe. You hit that nail right on the head.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Mon. 05/15/06 08:43:04 PM
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