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Friday, December 05, 2003
Trampled Shopper Story False?

I've seen the original story in my Belgian newspaper (Woman Trampled by Shoppers Eager to get to Cheap DVD-players Somewhere in the U.S.A., Capitalism Blamed). I wonder if they now will run this story, which has more detail...: 'Trampled' Wal-Mart Shopper Has History Of Injury Claims - Lawyers Blamed?

Thursday, December 04, 2003
One Down, Several Dozen to Go...

I bet dof will find this amusing news: Seattle IndyMedia, the one where it all started, is shutting down due to financial problems: Seattle Weekly: Endymedia. The funny thing is, nowhere on their site is there any mention of this. I saw some vague references to it in the open publishing newswire, but I won't link to them: if they censor as bad as on the Belgian version, the links are unlikely to work for a very long time.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003
File This Under 'Obvious'...

Instapundit already mentioned it, but I'll repeat it here. Even the BBC has now noticed that Iraqis 'welcome Saddam's fall'. Another link that'll guarantee you a censored post on IndyMedia...

Monday, December 01, 2003
Talk Radio

Have been listening to KRLA, an American talk radio station, while doing the dishes... The discussion is about the CBS miniseries 'The Reagans'. Well, discussion... the host doesn't seem to like it much, and judging by the excerpts they're playing I probably wouldn't like it either if it was ever shown here...

However: the observation I wanted to make was not about the discussions but about the commercials... Damn! It seems like every other product they're hawking is 'all natural' and enhanced to 'work naturally' to restore a 'natural balace'. Wow, guys, how about some 'all natural' fruit and vegetables?


You can look at it this way:

U.S. Troops Kill 54 People In Iraq Bloodbath

Or you can look at it this way:

U.S. forces repulse coordinated rebel attack; 54 Iraqis reported killed

Note that the second article also speaks of civilian casualties, and also quotes a local as saying that ''American forces opened fire randomly on passersby and on (people) in the marketplace". Another local is quoted :''Many Iraqis were killed and the Americans sustained big losses in lives and equipment.'' This despite U.S. army claims that only 5 Americans were injured and none killed, and no reports of lost equipment.

I leave it up to you to decide which article is the better example of balanced journalism.