Is anyone else confused? More vaguery from corporate media.

An AP news report interviewing CIA director Michael Hayden brings up a possible succession crisis concerning al-Qaida leadership.  The piece itself, however, lends itself to some questions, as the reporter did not reference any other sources except for director Hayden.

“The organization is a lot more networked than it is ruthlessly hierarchical,” Hayden said of the group behind the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.

So Hayden says that there isn’t much of a managerial structure to the organization.  But the very next paragraph would suggest that there is:

A number of Egyptians are now part of al-Qaida’s top echelon and may struggle for power among themselves. Bin Laden’s current No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is an Egyptian. (Boldface is mine)

Then, further down the page:

“There’s an awful lot of senior leadership killed or captured including even in the last several months,” he said.”

For an organization that “isn’t ruthlessly hierarchical,” they sure have a lot of upper management!  If an “awful lot” of senior leadership has been killed, can we still count on a succession crisis?  Maybe there won’t be all that many leaders left.

Speaking on the subject of Guantanamo Bay inmates, the reporter writes:

The CIA is still holding prisoners but for less time. It recently turned over two detainees to the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after a few months.

However, we are not given any other numbers to support this statement.  Two detainees were released but we aren’t told how many others were taken in with them and how long they have been incarcerated.  We also aren’t told the average length of incarceration at Guantanamo, or how many inmates are still sitting there with no idea of when or if they will ever be released.  How can two detainees possibly be used to represent the collective experience of all Guantanamo inmates?  And did Pamela Hess, the reporter, ask these questions?  Did she find us any numbers?  Did she find another expert on Guantanamo Bay inmates to either validate or repudiate Mr. Hayden?  No.  For the audience, it’s business as usual with corporate-owned media:  “Sit down, shut up, and believe what we tell you.”

Finally, there was more fear-mongering over Iran:

He believes Iran’s intention is to produce its own nuclear fuel, using Iranian technology.

“That gives them the potential at any moment to break out and create a weapon and that’s what of course is most troubling.”

But last December, US intelligence reports concluded that Iran posed no nuclear threat, having apparently halted operations in 2003.  Ms. Hess, where was this information in your story?  Mr. Hayden, is there new evidence since last December’s report to support your assertions about Iran?

Is anyone else troubled by this one-sided reporting?  I welcome all comments from all points of view.


~ by Daniel on 27 May, 2008.

3 Responses to “Is anyone else confused? More vaguery from corporate media.”

  1. Yeah,I just read that piece myself. Kinda makes you scratch your head don’t it?

    The answer is:

    The repubs and dems have been bull shitting so much and for so long, no one in washingtOOn knows what the truth about anything is anymore!

    That goes double for the MSM…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  2. I am so confused. I am a devout Christian, and I know where my faith stands, but I really have not been able to convince myself to choose McCain. I truly belive that Obama is too similar to the description that I know as our “anti-christ”, but I don’t have enough faith in McCain to feel like he is the capable one. I feel like I am voting for McCain just to make sure that Obama is not elected. I really don’t know how I feel at this point. I am just wondering if anyone feels like I do.

  3. Well, I can say for sure that Ralph Nader definitely isn’t the anti-Christ

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