The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Blood on the media's hands

Jul 14, 2003

"Iraqi, Possibly Tied to 9/11, Is Captured" – so said a headline in the New York Times of July 9. The Times story repeated a rumor the Bush administration had floated months before – that a Ba'ath Party official recently picked up in Iraq "might" have met with one of the 9/11 hijackers in Prague, five months before the attack on the World Trade Center.

Yes, and the cow might have jumped over the moon too. In fact, this wild story – fabricated by the Bush administration as justification for its war on Iraq – had been discredited even before the war started by both the FBI and the CIA.

The Bush administration is particularly adept at floating such stories: troops "might" have found anthrax – but didn't; investigators "might" have located botulinum – but didn't; mobile labs "might" have been located – but weren't. And the famous uranium "might" have been purchased by Iraq – but wasn't.

The Times had to have known that the story was fabricated, that it was part of a lying propaganda campaign aimed at justifying a war fought over oil. No problem for the serious old New York Times, which brags that it publishes "all the news that's fit to print."

Apparently for the New York Times, lies told to justify a filthy war qualify as "news fit to print."