Thursday, October 26, 2006

More sense from Froomkin than we find in the UK

The recent Bush statements on Iraq have been more or less taken at face value in the UK. No sign of any debate in parliament for example.

Dan Froomkin writes-

"The initial breathless coverage of yesterday morning's press conference in Iraq (see yesterday's column ) eventually gave way to some serious reporting. One thing is clear: The announcement that Iraqi security forces could be largely self-sufficient within 12 to 18 months is not particularly credible."

This is worth repeating.

Friday, October 13, 2006

This sounds credible to me

Extract from live transcript of a Q&A following recent White House press conference.

St. Petersburg, Fla.: I hope that Helen Thomas is right when she asserts that the press is now "coming out of its coma," but I have my doubts. The evidence that exposes the incompetence and sheer malevolence of this administration has been available for ages. And who's listening? The real question is if the the American public will awaken from its slumber. Your thoughts?

Dan Froomkin: I think the public was way ahead of the press corps in determining that Bush was not credible. Look at the poll numbers. For instance, a majority of Americans has been saying for more than two years that they think Bush deliberately misled us into war.

In the UK the press are not much different in reporting Blair. Checking Google News still shows that only the Guardian reported the Monday hearing that decided the Official Secrets Act trial on the al Jazeera memo will be mostly in secret.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Washington Post reports UK secret court case

It turns out the Washington Post has a pretty full report on the latest hearing about the al-Jazeera memo and the UK Official Secrets Act.

In the UK only the Guardian has reported in print on the hearing and the decision that parts of the trial will be in secret. The BBC report makes no mention of al-Jazeera.

Maybe the Freedom of Information Act in the US will have more effect than in the UK. The Guardian report includes information that al-Jazeera continues to find out more about the memo.

Will anyone in the US comment on this?