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Friday, February 15, 2008
Help! Help! He's Being Repressed!
Topic: Newsmax

Ronald Kessler's idea of censorship: that his claims didn't get played with his spin.

From Kessler's Feb. 13 Newsmax column:

When FBI agent George Piro recently described debriefing Saddam Hussein for seven months after his capture, he disclosed that the Iraqi dictator admitted his intention to re-start his weapons of mass destruction program within a year.

That plan included developing nuclear weapons capability, according to Saddam.

The revelation should have hit Page One of every newspaper.

Why? Kessler answers: "It would have further justified President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, a key issue in the coming presidential election. But many in the mainstream media could not bear to hear that Bush may have done something right." 

Plus, since this little revelation first appeared in Kessler's recently published book, he would have benefitted from the sales bump. 

What's missing here is any mention of whether Saddam had the capability to do what he intended. Intent is amorphous; everyone intends to do things. But did Saddam have the capability to do anything about his intentions? Kessler doesn't say.

Instead, Kessler whines that his little scoop didn't get blanket coverage in all media. He finally concludes:

Today, we have press censorship similar to what existed in the old Soviet Union, except the censors are journalists themselves, and it’s in reverse: News favorable to the government is suppressed.

Ironically, a day later, a Newsmax article trumpeted how " has soared in Web traffic."

How, exactly, is Kessler being "suppressed" and censored? Indeed, Kessler has engaged in a bit of self-censorship of his own by reporting only flattering news about the Bush administration. (He probably should have engaged in a little self-censorship, though, when he was creepily fawning over Mitt Romney's wife).

And we can lay pretty good odds that if a Democrat wins the presidency later this year, Kessler will be whining shortly thereafter that "news unfavorable to the government is suppressed."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:49 AM EST

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