Multinational Force Spokesman: Media Being Manipulated by Terrorists

Stating a blindingly obvious point that has somehow escaped the Western media, Army Major General Rick Lynch today said:

"Half the battle is in the battlefield of the media. The terrorists will use the media as a combat multiplier to hide their limited capabilities."
It's a shame that the General has to spoonfeed the press like this, but with the massive egos occupying the brainpans, especially in television news, of reporters there just isn't much room left over for analytic ability and common sense.

Common sense should have told even the dullest newsperson in the Palestine Hotel that it had no intrinsic military value other than as propaganda, yet each network dutifully carried water for the terrorist insurgency by replaying the "spectacular explosions" over and over.

Odd, given the broadcast media's fascination for brilliant flashes of light and shiny things that there has been an embargo of images from the 9/11 attacks for years. The excuse given is that they don't want to "inflame" the American public. Unfortunately, there seems to be no equivalent concern about inflaming the ignorant, bloodthirsty, and illiterate buffoons who make up the bulk of the "Arab street".

The general said terrorists recognize the value of the media. Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, expressed this sentiment in a letter to Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, believed to be leading insurgent actions in Iraq. The letter was intercepted by coalition intelligence sources.

Lynch pointed to the Oct. 24 bombing of the Palestine Hotel as an example of planning an operation for media attention. The hotel is host to international journalists and contractors and has security cameras surrounding it. The attack, which was caught on surveillance cameras and aired worldwide, was meant to shift the world's focus to Baghdad and away from the progress that's being made throughout the country, he said, urging the reporters present not to allow that to happen.

Exactly, and there's bound to be more to come with elections scheduled for December 15. And, as usual, we can expect the bulk of our media to miss the significance of each attack.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

Posted by: Bluto at 01:35 PM


1 I also wonder why it is that virtually none of the MSM reported the fact that:

A) the attack was an attempt to take them all hostage (and we know how that usually ends up…ask John The Baptist)
B) the attack was repelled by the Iraqi Security Forces, you know, the ones that can’t shoot straight unless an American Solider is holding the gun.

I had a sliver’s thread holding on to the notion that just maybe the MSM was “trying” to report things fairly. The “reporting” of this attack cut that last thread of dignity.

Posted by: JohnMc at October 27, 2005 02:29 PM

2 Welcome to reality John. The media have been the waterboys of every psychopathic dictator and murderer since the New York Times threw in with Lenin, and possibly before. See, the thing is that they love a good story, and if it happens to be true, fine, but if not, oh well, at least it'll sell some papers and maybe make them a star.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at October 27, 2005 03:04 PM

3 John, How do you know that the intention was to take hostages? I have heard this said before but don't know the source of it.

Posted by: babs at October 27, 2005 03:43 PM

4 babs

Do you think they were delivering pizzas?

Posted by: hondo at October 27, 2005 04:47 PM

5 Maybe they just wanted to invite them to tea? We must remember that we shouldn't judge them on their ways, because they are from a different culture, and maybe cutting throats is their way of showing they like you.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at October 27, 2005 06:17 PM

6 Kooky Klanrooster - God gives you another chance after Katrina and the waves. Your 64 years of hatred has been scrapped from your heart and only you can keep it out. Your enemy is not muslim, your only enemy is in your demented noggin. Come back to Jesus.

Jesusmonger Joe - you are king dunce scrubbyhead, eating walruses' oysters and laying pipe on Fire Island. You fish for pennies in septic tanks and belch idiocy. Your mommy is a hamster and your hubcaps are made for pissing on.

Thanos666 - sick, sick, sick. Your Chicom PLA plan to save the mideast is lost forever. Your head is full of fire and your tongue is a snake.

Improbulus Makeupkit - still shooting blanks and being such a girlyman pansy. Only you would load crisco covered potatos into a baseball pitching machine, huncgh down in front and scream "Armageddon!" as it atacks you from behind. Chimp is beating you in the face with a board and you even help him do it. Sickpup.

Filthy - you are my goofy friend

The Chinese gave up.. The British are quitting.. It's all over!! You can't get awaaay!!! you can't get awaaaay!!! WOO HOO!!!

Posted by: Downing Street Memo at October 27, 2005 08:33 PM

7 DSM: Korea eh?
you makey sucky, sucky for dollah, yes? , you love long time? me likey fwied rice?

If someone will ban him, I'll write a perl script that does two posts a day, consisting of the same crackhead speak you have come to be use to, thus replacing him. Walmart style.

Posted by: dave at October 27, 2005 09:08 PM

8 Yes you know the terrorist released some crap saying they were after some security company they consider Israeli spy stuff. But I just keep thinking of the equipment and hostages. If they just wanted to kill just a bomb would have worked. No they wanted in and were driven off by Iraqi forces. How embarrasing. There were some Americans too but Iraqi forces are getting better. It may take quite a while but I'm feeling better about the war. I'm all opposite you know. If you listen to the MSM you would think we were on our last leg. Sorry but I know what this country can do if it puts it's mind to it. If the left only cared about Iraqi rights as much as they care for their own. My only worry is that the last month or two politics has went beserk on us. Distracting from the real work to be done in the world and here.

Posted by: Howie at October 27, 2005 10:08 PM


Posted by: Route Irish at October 27, 2005 11:25 PM

10 Dave, the idiot gets banned regularly, but apparently in a nation full of me-love-you-longtime ten dollar hookers, he has nothing better to do. We should have let the commies have the place.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at October 27, 2005 11:27 PM

11 Babs-

I heard it reported on the radio and here is a link to a post made by Major E. (in Baghdad) at Powerline:

Here is a transcript of “Hannity & Colmes” where they discuss the attack:,2933,173413,00.html

Posted by: JohnMc at October 28, 2005 09:51 AM

12 "Common sense should have told even the dullest newsperson in the Palestine Hotel that it had no intrinsic military value other than as propaganda"

Not so common as to prevent our troops from shooting at it.

Posted by: actus at October 29, 2005 05:00 PM

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