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skippy the bush kangaroo

Monday, July 04, 2005

too bad, so sad

after reading al neuharth's
crocadile tear-stained editorial "what iraq needs is a walter cronkite," we sent a letter to the editor (actually to mr. neuharth himself) at usatoady:

dear mr. neuharth:

we read your op-ed piece of june 30 titled "what iraq needs is a walter cronkite," in which you bemoan the lack of a national figure that america trusts to tell the truth about that war.

we can only assume you were writing with irony, mr. neuharth. it's certainly too bad you don't know anybody who runs a national newspaper that all of america reads, because then you could get them to publish the truth about the iraq war.

you could get your friend to continually run stories about the downing street memos, which the international press has been writing about for over two months, and which prove that the british government knew that george bush had plans as early as july of 2002 to invade iraq , but wanted to frame the reasons for the war in a way that the american public would accept (in other words, lies about weapons of mass destruction).

you could get your friend to plaster the front page of his newspaper with the unfolding story of the special prosecutor investigating the leak of cia operative valerie plame's name to the press, and how more than one source has identified top presidential aide karl rove as the man who committed this treasonous act of "outing" an undercover intelligence agent simply to silence her husband, an outspoken critic of the war.

you could get your friend to keep a running tally of american dead on the front page, next to the results of public opinion polls which consistently show that a growing majority of americans think the war in iraq was a mistake. or get him to point out that a large plurality of americans (43%) think lying about going to war with iraq is an impeachable offence. you could get your friend keep the website addresses for the senate (
www.senate.gov) and house (www.house.gov) in his editorial page boilerplate, so people could easily contact their representatives to let them know how they feel.

it's really quite a shame that you don't know anybody who actually has the power to reach the american people. because then you wouldn't have time to write editorials, you would be busy helping get the truth out into the open.


posted by skippy at 12:05 PM |


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