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Wednesday, May 26, 2004 1:01 p.m. EDT
Media Yawn as Saddam's Torture Victims Thank Bush

American journalists fascinated with U.S. mistreatment of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison gave a collective yawn yesterday when President Bush played host to seven victims of genuine torture perpetrated by Saddam's Fedahyeen at Abu Ghraib.

The dearth of media interest came despite some fairly expansive quotes from Bush himself on the matter, delivered in the Oval Office:

"I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein," said Bush with the Iraqi victims by his side. "I'm with six other Iraqi citizens, as well, who suffered the same fate. They are examples of the brutality of the tyrant."

After weeks of front page photos depicting Iraqi prisoners forced to wear underwear on their heads, and anguished accounts of detainees being pelted with Nerf footballs, scenes of genuine torture victims thanking an American president for ending the true horrors of Abu Ghraib should have prompted major coverage.

But the New York Times, which has offered perhaps the most hysterical coverage of the prison scandal, mentioned not a word in Wednesday editions of the seven torture victims.

That other elite media cheerleader for the U.S. prison scandal, the Washington Post, was nearly as bored as the Times by the Abu Ghraib seven, offering only a few scant references to the Oval Office event in its Wednesday editions.

After introducing the Iraqi torture victims, Bush went on to thank the Texas businessman and surgeon who made their rehabilitation possible and offered to take questions from the reporters on hand.

But the only "torture" journalists wanted to discuss was that allegedly perpetrated by U.S. troops.

"Mr. President, can you say why General Sanchez is being replaced as the top commander in Iraq? Is that in any way related to the prisoner abuse scandal?" asked the first questioner.

Likewise, the second reporter's question had nothing to do with the genuine torture victims sitting in front of him.

After two more off-topic questions, the president thanked the reporters and ended the session.
 

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:rolleyes:

It did get some play in some places, but not quite like our 'torture.'

Since, as Mr. Kennedy put it, the prison is just under new management!

Give me a break:
Getting a limb torn off (or your tongue cut out, or being bathed in acid, or, literally, being branded, or, well never mind...) is just the same as being scared by a growling dog and having underwear on your head! That's right, Teddy! No partisanship there!

Now for the necessary note so I don't get scolded:

I am not happy about what our soldiers did. It was bad and they should be punished severely, no matter how high it goes. I just am suggesting that a little perspective would be nice.

Half a million dead under Hussein, a couple dozen humiliated under Bush. Same thing, definitely. What about one drowned under Kennedy? (Not so fair on my part, but so be it. Mr. Kennedy's not exactly a beacon of fairness, himself.)

It's time for Teddy's medication...
 

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BWSmith201 said:
:...Half a million dead under Hussein, a couple dozen humiliated under Bush. Same thing, definitely. What about one drowned under Kennedy? (Not so fair on my part, but so be it. Mr. Kennedy's not exactly a beacon of fairness, himself.)

It's time for Teddy's medication...

Who listens to what Teddy says anyway? His agenda, and beliefs have been so ignored for decades, I thought he had retired, or died by now... talk about Mr. Irrelevant...
 

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This kind of crud is why I get my news from only two sources any more -- Paul Harvey and Fox News Channel. All the rest are cut from some extreme-left-leaning cloth, 'cause they all say the same blah-blah-blah.

BTW, I still have a "Chappaquiddick" bumper sticker, just in case Sen. Kennedy ever decides that he's presidential material!
 
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