Monday, September 06, 2004

The Missing Editorial Writer

During his acceptance speech, Bush mocked the press for not acknowledging how "in control" the Iraq situation is. Bush put the nattering nabobs of negativism in their place:
In 1946, 18 months after the fall of Berlin to Allied forces, a journalist in The New York Times wrote this: 'Germany is a land in an acute stage of economic, political and moral crisis. European capitals are frightened. In every military headquarters, one meets alarmed officials doing their utmost to deal with the consequences of the occupation policy that they admit has failed.' End quote. Maybe that same person's still around, writing editorials.
Maureen Dowd gives Bush the background he apparently lacked:
She isn't. Anne O'Hare McCormick, who died in 1954, was The Times's pioneering foreign affairs correspondent who covered the real Axis of Evil, interviewing Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Patton. She was hardly a left-wing radical or defeatist. In 1937, she became the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, and she was the first woman to be a member of The Times's editorial board.

The president distorted the columnist's dispatch. The "moral crisis" and failure she described were in the British and French sectors. She reported that the Americans were doing better because of their policy to "encourage initiative and develop self-government." She wanted the U.S. to commit more troops and stay the course - not cut and run.

Mr. Bush Swift-boated her.
(Thanks to the outstanding Eschaton for the heads-up.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this is surprising how? I wish I could say that I was shocked over this non-lie of omitting the relevant facts, but I'm not.

-Keith Sader

9/07/2004 7:36 AM  

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