ubikcan

August 1, 2008

Anthrax and the mainstream media: a question

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubikcan @ 12:48 pm

Glenzilla asks a question:

UPDATE III: See this important point from Atrios about Richard Cohen’s admission that he was told before the anthrax attacks happened by a “high government official” to take cipro. Atrios write: “now that we know that the US gov’t believes that anthrax came from the inside, shouldn’t Cohen be a wee bit curious about what this warning was based on?”

That applies to much of the Beltway class, including many well-connected journalists, who were quietly popping cipro back then because, like Cohen, they heard from Government sources that they should. Leave aside the ethical questions about the fact that these journalists kept those warnings to themselves. Wouldn’t the most basic journalistic instincts lead them now — in light of the claims by our Government that the attacks came from a Government scientist — to wonder why and how their Government sources were warning about an anthrax attack? Then again, the most basic journalistic instincts would have lead ABC News to reveal who concocted and fed them the false “Saddam/anthrax” reports in the first place, and yet we still are forced to guess at those questions because ABC News continues to cover up the identity of the perpetrators.

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