Robert Fisk: We're being sold the same tired rubbish over and over again
Published 23/10/2010 | 05:00
Refusing to buy 'The Wall Street Journal', I sometimes sneak a look at copies that are left behind by other people. So, it was last month when a friendly couple dumped their paper on the train seat opposite me. And bingo, it was as bad as ever. 'Defence Officials Predict Slow Afghan Progress.'
And the sourcing for this hardly unexpected headline? "Senior US military officials", "military officials", "a senior US military official", "Obama administration officials", "defence officials", "the senior military official", "military leaders", "the official", "military officials", "the officials", "many in the military", "military officials" (again), "officials" (again), "military officials" (yet again) and "officials" (yet again).
Why do our scribes write this horseshit? My old mate Alexander Cockburn calls it "selling the Brooklyn Bridge" and claims that Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent of 'The New York Times' is always ready to buy it. True.