Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Nation Says The Onion Got It Right

In a great colum in The Nation, John Nichols says The Onion might have been the only media outlet to correctly report on the the situation in Iraq:

The headline read: "U.S. troops draw up own exit strategy."

It appeared above an article that began: "BAGHDAD -- Citing the Bush administration's ongoing refusal to provide a timetable for withdrawal, the U.S. troops stationed in Iraq have devised their own exit strategy."

A fictitious Staff Sgt. Cornelius Woods tells the newspaper, "My Marines are the best-trained, best-equipped, most homesick fighting force in the world. Just give us the order, and we will commandeer every available vehicle to execute a flanking maneuver on the airstrips of Mosul. By this time tomorrow, we will have retaken our positions at our families' dinner tables in full force."

Nichols goes on to point out what the evening news failed to show: that when Cheney visited our troops recently, he got a lukewarm response at best.

I've often said that you can get a fairer and more balanced dose of the truth from the "fake" news than the real news. Even Frank Rich of The New York Times noted that Jon Stewart and The Daily Show "were on top of 'The Halliburton Connection' well before much of the media spoke up loudly about the nexus between Dick Cheney's former employer and lucrative government wartime contracts."

(Of course, there was no mention of why The Daily Show has been the lone media voice speaking out about "The Halliburton Connection" since then.)

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