[thechat] reporter fired for reporting

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Mon Mar 31 14:12:27 CST 2003

On Mon, 31 Mar 2003, Bob Haroche wrote:

Bob, this applies to almost every paragraph of yours.

Civilisations move from external power on the body (punishment) to a more
subtle, yet just as effective internal, psychological system of supression
(discipline). While I'll happily call that 'progress', I'm really not sure
that one methodology is more 'free' than another.


> Doesn't freedom of the press mean freedom to publish opinions contrary
> to the ruling powers?

I don't see that the US media and military is any more free than the Iraqi
one right now. Although the punishments are more subtle.

> On Friday there was a political firestorm at the White House over
> remarks
> by US Gen. Wallace that the US war plan was lacking in some respects
> ("The enemy we're fighting is not the enemy we war-gamed against.").

Interesting - I didn't see that. There's a dichotomy between the 2
White House: Iraq is a massive and immediate danger to the US
Pentagon: Iraq is near as dammit defenceless - this is going to be easy

Turns out they're both wrong...

> Despite Don Rumsfeld's assertions to the contrary, I'm sure Wallace
> was reprimanded and told in no uncertain terms to shut his mouth.


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