What is most interesting to me is when there is an opportunity to study how the Old Press supports its templates regardless of facts as in the case of the report written by the weapons inspector David Kay. The text of his report is available to anyone who knows to look for it. Yet in the Old Press there are thousands of headlines and reporting that read like this: Kay: No weapons yet, but evidence of intent. That's not what he said, simply read it for yourself to see. This is why blogging and other forms of New Media are undercutting the Old Press. It's simple really, they are lying. The Old Press lied and people died and continue to as terrorists work to manipulate journalists and journalists use their standard of if it bleeds it leads. What is truly amazing is how they sometimes snivel that the New Media has no accountability. As opposed to what? As if their form of accountability to liberal editors, ratings or money leads them to write stories closer to the truth?
Some perspective about "no WMDs" and what story is close to the truth on the issue:
The US has revealed that it removed more than 1.7 metric tons of radioactive material from Iraq in a secret operation last month.(US reveals Iraq nuclear operation, BBC News)
"This operation was a major achievement," said US Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham in a statement.
He said it would keep "potentially dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists".
Along with 1.77 tons of enriched uranium, about 1,000 "highly radioactive sources" were also removed.
BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 -- U.S. troops raiding a warehouse in the northern city of Mosul uncovered a suspected chemical weapons factory containing 1,500 gallons of chemicals believed destined for attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces and civilians, military officials said Saturday.(Iraqi Chemical Stash Uncovered, The Washington Post)
Monday's early morning raid found 11 precursor agents, "some of them quite dangerous by themselves," a military spokesman, Lt. Col. Steven A. Boylan, said in Baghdad.
Terrorists may have been close to obtaining munitions containing the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin that Polish soldiers recovered last month in Iraq, the head of Poland's military intelligence said Friday.(Chemical munitions found by Polish soldiers were being pursued by terrorists SFGate, the AP)
Polish troops had been searching for munitions as part of their regular mission in south-central Iraq when they were told by an informant in May that terrorists had made a bid to buy the chemical weapons, which date back to Saddam Hussein's war with Iran in the 1980s, Gen. Marek Dukaczewski told reporters in Warsaw.
"We were mortified by the information that terrorists were looking for these warheads and offered $5,000 apiece," Dukaczewski said. "An attack with such weapons would be hard to imagine. All of our activity was accelerated at appropriating these warheads."
Dukaczewski refused to give any further details about the terrorists or the sellers of the munitions, saying only that his troops thwarted terrorists by purchasing the 17 rockets for a Soviet-era launcher and two mortar rounds containing the nerve agent for an undisclosed sum June 23.
And so on, this is just what has been reported in the Old Press itself. So do these stories mean that they are actually doing their job? Far from it, and in the Information Age it can be proven how they spin things and just lie or comit fraud if they have to. One good example is the actual Kay text vs. the thousands of headlines and reporting easily found through Lexis-Nexis. I used CNN as the same source for both the report: "Here are the weapons and weapons programs that we have found so far." vs. the headline: "Kay says, no weapons found!" Although I research these issues myself at times, one does not have to. There are others who have already done the job of deconstructing the Old Press over and over.
E.g., see: (Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media
By Brent Bozell)
It seems that the job will have to be done over and over, as mental incompetents, i.e. journalists, cling to their canards. As far as its impact on the Herd I am reminded of Karl Kraus's comment on Nazism: "The Press created National Socialism." as well as Shirer's comment on the impact of Nazi propaganda that continued day in, day out, regardless the facts. It does seem to impact the mentality of the mass, even if the Herd is often too busy feeding to care.