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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, March 23, 2006

The New Judy Miller, Brian Ross?

Is Brian Ross of ABCNews the new Judy Miller?

I just want to throw this out there, three stories out of ABCNews all pushing fear, two with a Brian Ross byline and another uncredited, one each week. If I look at the stories, it just makes me raise an eyebrow.

First, Brian Ross was the reporter who broke the already discredited story about IED's coming into Iraq from Iran, conveniently right before the White House started making the claim, very similar to Judy Miller publishing the now discredited "aluminum tubes" story on the day of the Cheney rollout of that propaganda piece.

Next, a week later, with Bush polls down, a scare piece on the bird flu.

Then, yesterday, in an article crediting ABC's Investigative Unit of which Brian Ross is the featured player, was the report of all sorts of Al Qaeda/Iraq tie ins. Reading this article it seems to present it without the context that during the period when these contacts took place, 94-95, many other governments, including the US were in contact with Bin Laden. It just seems to imply a more significant tie.

One more from Mar. 20. Right in concert with Donald Rumsfeld complaining that "the enemy" is more saavy at using new communications, the internet etc, Brian Ross has a story on the Iraqi insurgents' media campaign.

I'm not saying it outright, because I don't think the evidence is concrete, but I'm just making a suggestion that this might be something to watch.

In the last month his stories seem to be coinciding with the messages out of the White House.


  • I thought this was the problem with the whole mainstream media, that's why I'm here?

    By Blogger Lew Scannon, at 5:51 PM  

  • Yeah, but there's a bit of difference if they're actually doing favors for the administration.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 6:06 PM  

  • Brian Ross is a rank amatuer! If you want pure, unadulterated fear mongering, check out how a professional does it this Saturday at thebluerepublic.com, where Rex Kramer demands that you "be afraid, be very afraid...always!"

    P.S. Unlike a White House intern, I usually refrain from whoring myself, but this post was uncannily like my own...except that yours actually have facts.

    By Blogger Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker, at 9:11 PM  

  • Thanks man, I just didn't want to make the inflammatory Judy Miller comparison without something to back it up.

    He's got another one today.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:46 AM  

  • Hmm...do you think he's being "compensated" for his stories?!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10:10 AM  

  • I don't know Kathy. I would guess probably not directly as that's too direct a chain. (and yes I know the previous cases, but they were all editorialists and the moneis came out of departments.)

    If this is going on, it's like Judy Miller in that it would be coming out of the top level. So if anything, it's probably a quid pro quo of a type.

    You print this story and we'll give you access, or it could be slective release like Miller and the Aluminum tubes story, releasing the part of the story that compliments with proper timing.

    I don't know. At this point it's not a completely concrete idea on my part, just a suspicion.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:37 PM  

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