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Baking News: Believe It Or Not

The US media is slowly but surely being left out in a game it had invented and mastered. The moral: media insularity sucks.

Baking News: Believe It Or Not
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Baking News: Believe It Or Not
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'When war's declared, truth is the first casualty.'
—British politician and author Arthur Ponsonby, Falsehood in Wartime, 1928

Switch on the telly and the only truth you'll find on the networks is grainy, green flickering live images of the Kabul night sky and wobbly footage of plumes of bomb smoke in the mountains. Occasionally, you might stumble upon a comatose child, a casualty of war, in a derelict hospital. All relayed, by the way, from an upstart Arab satellite channel station. The rest of the time is killed with long talk shows and dull Pentagon briefings. Talk has never been cheaper. Fine, TV is good at presenting strong, frightening images, and bad at nuance, context, and explanation. So, you pick up the newspaper for the real McCoy. They are full of grating let's-thulp-the-bastards spiel and vapid reports from outside the theatre of war on the overrated, overhyped Northern Alliance's never-ending march on Kabul. And there are more Pentagon briefings. "This will be the most censored war in history," prophesies John MacArthur, publisher of Harper's...
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