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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, November 30, 2009

Afghanistan pre-spin in the NYTimes

If you believe the media conventional wisdom, the Afghanistan "surge" is most likely to meet resistance from folks on the left.

So, imagine my surprise this morning to see the NYTimes top headline emphasizing that the Obama speech will not only call for a troop increase, but will also "envision exit" from Afghanistan.

They're pre-spinning the speech in the most prominent space possible, the most public space likely to be read by the Obama supporter, playing on residual goodwill and asking for more patience.

...and once again the NYTimes prints the "scoop," blindly sourced to "senior administration officials," complicit in the war selling spin....

(I'm pro-surge, but the games get a little old.)


  • If it doesn't work there's always Karzai to blame.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:18 AM  

  • If you promote a guy to a position where he fails, is that his fault?

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:19 AM  

  • Depends on your definition of failure. Karzai and his supporters may think he's doing a good job.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:22 AM  

  • Well, doling out graft, not running the country....

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:10 AM  

  • Seems to be how things work there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:58 AM  

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