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Propaganda in Four Flavors

Sunday, Apr. 30, 2006 12:48 AM

The next time some conservative lavishes praise on the merits of FOX News (which somehow doesn't qualify as the dreaded 'Mainstream Media'), remind them of this little gem.

My Bare Lady is the latest in Fox Reality's offerings. Four porn actresses will strive to master roles in a classic work of drama, with the end goal a performance in London's West End.

So just remember that the often self-appointed conservators of morals and family values, the folks who are busy decrying a war on Christianity, are part of a company bringing you wholesome family fare like My Bare Lady and Temptation Island.


Speaking of the so-called war on Christianity, Navy chaplain Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt is in hot water again, this time for wearing his uniform to a press conference lamenting the restrictions on chaplains who pray in Jesus' name.

Wearing the uniform while attending and participating in a news conference in support of personal views on political and/or religious issues is against regulations.

And so Klingenschmitt is facing a captain's mast, an administrative hearing that could result in a reprimand or other disciplinary action. Klingenschmitt can forego the proceeding and request a court-martial.

Well, I guess ol' Gordo thinks he should be exempt from following the rules because he believes in Christ Jesus. Sorry, pal, but that uniform says you are representing the United States Navy. Even kids who attend parochial school understand that concept.

But Klingenschmitt is so mired in his persecution complex that he characterizes the charges as an attack against his religion and a reprisal in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Which is incorrect, as Klingenschmitt is the one violating Navy regulations.


A newly-released video by al-Qaeda's number two goon, Ayman al-Zawahiri, proudly takes credit for over 800 'martyrdom operations' in the past three years.

Contrast this to the Pentagon's report some weeks ago, crediting 90% of insurgent violence to terrorists like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda's 'man on the street' in Iraq.

Now, if the Pentagon's figures are correct, al-Zawahiri is telling us nothing new.

On the other hand, if the Pentagon was massaging the numbers to downplay the true nature of insurgent violence and the increasing trend of sectarian strife - then their own propaganda is being used to fluff al-Qaeda's resume.

This wouldn't be a concern if the Pentagon wasn't paying to have favorable stories planted in the Iraqi media. This tactic will have long-term consequences as to the independence and credibility of the media in a free Iraq. That is, knowing that the media whored itself out to the American military, how can the people believe that subsequent stories aren't more of the same?


Finally, California's Democratic Party has chosen State Treasurer Phil Angelides as Most Likely to Succeed against incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger - despite more favorable numbers accruing to Steve Westley's ad campaign.

The jury's still out here at the Ministry, but I'll tell you one thing I'm none too fond of Angelides' ad purporting to be from firefighters and law enforcement personnel, but bearing a disclaimer that credits an individual and other interests for the ad.


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John - 2006-05-01 13:34:58
Re: Phil Angelides... Oh Boy! Just what we need: ANOTHER career politician masquerading as a "good guy liberal"! Sheesh!