Thursday, May 7, 2009

The "hype" man, the man with the nice shawls, and the other chap

"The quality newspapers" in the United Kingdom are sometimes known as "broadsheets". This is a reference to the layout and shape they used to have and I remember the heady days when the 'Times' had no pictures. The pictures arrived before Murdoch. However, it was with his ascendancy that the real drivel started to appear. Nevertheless, there is still a pretence that "real news" is being provided and the pretence continues not only in the UK. In Germany there is "Die Süddeutsche Zeitung", "Die Frankfurter Rundschau", "Die Frankfurter Allgemeine" and one or two others, but, for "real news", you will have to read between the lines folks and there was me reading the 'New York Times' online today and looking at a nice picture of the "hype" man, flanked by the man with the nice shawls, Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zadari and there they are, sitting smugly, while seemingly engaged in that sort of deictic discourse that deceives all and sundry. The headline above the picture reads; "Emphasis on Al Qaeda in three way talks".(1)
Of course, "Al Qaeda" is the pretence, the scam, and what we have going on in the region is a geopolitical fuck up that goes all the way back to British India with the Pashtu on both sides of the 'Durand Line' more than a trifle pissed off at being pushed around. However, it is the elusive "Al Qaeda" that provides "Uncle Sam's" immoral pretext to kill innocent men, women and children, in order to achieve geopolitical goals that should belong to another age and there we have the "hype" man's sycophants, Hamid and Asif, sitting there grinning, grinning, when, in fact, they should be displaying leadership and telling the Americans to get out of their countries. Oh, for some decent journalism, oh for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and don't tell me that it is never that simple.
The picture shows the "hype" man, the man with the nice shawls, and the other chap

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