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AP Fakes Photo... Again

The lamestream media told you:

Read this photo caption --




The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Read the photo caption again. Is the man with the RPG really on patrol? Of course not. He is posing for the unnamed photographer. This is plainly evident -- while the other soldier in the picture is strolling casually out in the open, facing no threat. Soldiers on patrol act cautiously and avoid exposure to threats. They do not sight-in rocket-propelled grenades at, well, nothing, while on "patrol in Ramadi" to make interesting images up close for photographers. Staging photos is a flat-out ethical violation in the news business. This is not news. The AP no longer even makes an attempt to hide its lack of ethics.

Read the second line of the caption. This is not news, or even descriptive. It is an editorial statement, where the news is supposed to go. It is a derogatory conjecture about the United States. On what do they base this guess? They do not say. Is it based on how hard it was to stage their photo?

This is how the AP, now a blatant propaganda outfit, foists its opinions on an unsuspecting public. You would have glossed over this phony tripe if it had not been brought to your attention by an uninvited ombudsman. The media has dropped its use of ombudsmen because they do this.

The opening story paragraph mentions Iraqi officials, Sunni fighters, volunteer tribal fighters, and extremist Sunni jihadi militants. Also mentioned in the short clip are Sunni areas, the Shitte-led government, Iraqi security forces and the insurgency. Can you make heads or tails of that? Of course not. Is that deliberate? I can't say, but if I were an English teacher, I would grade writers Zahra and Schreck with an F. Can you identify the person wearing the camouflage -- and face mask -- and does that matter? To quote an American politician, what difference does it make?

Saddam’s Uranium Unloaded

The lamestream media told you:

The Associated Press is reporting that the last remnants of Saddam Hussein’s stockpiles of concentrated uranium have been secretly shipped out of Iraq and received at the Canadian firm, Cameco, which bought the supplies. The material will be refined in Ontario.

Shipped by air and sea, the 550 metric tons of refined yellowcake uranium feedstock, in 3,500 secured barrels, is the last of the secret shipment, and U.S. officials say they are glad it is out of Iraq.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Anti-war protesters, liberals, the political left and much of the Democrat Party, along with TV and newspapers commentators, part of the political right and part of the Republican party, which has been screaming loudly about non-existent weapons of mass destruction in the hands of the executed Iraqi dictator, have issued no correction and could not be reached for comment.

Although unmentioned in the report, an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would have left the dangerous radioactive prize available to anyone with trucks. It is not publicly known how much other secret or dangerous material or munitions are lying around in the Iraqi desert.

According to leading experts, the 1,213,000 pounds of yellowcake uranium, “is a lot,” and worth tens of millions of dollars, though the actual sale price was not released. “Saddam could not refine the coarse nuclear fuel for bombs,” said one observer, “because he’s dead.” Israel had bombed the plant where it was stored in 1991, further slowing the process.

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Five Year War

The lamestream media told you:

On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, we've had this many soldiers killed from our country, this many from other countries, we've spent this much money, we have endless challenges remaining, there is no end in sight unless you elect the people we tell you to, and the dead include brothers and sisters, family members, parents and good people who volunteered, possibly without realizing what they were getting into. Those surviving have wounds, mental stresses, job problems at home, and many face the horrific prospect of being reassigned to duty.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Tales of heroism and success were notably absent in lamestream reports of the 5th anniversary of this conflict, whether you support the effort or not. The media's one-sided bias is as reprehensible here as anything they've released in recent memory. There were probably some tales of accomplishment in the "news," but none crossed my desk in print, so maybe this is my fault.

Rebuilt infrastructure, newly opened embassies and consulates, the education of women, significant reductions in Islam-on-Islam bedlam between Sunnis and Shiia, massive blows to al-Qaida members and leadership, and a constant flow of valuable intelligence and oil to points outside Iraq were unreported, for reasons that remain unclear at press time. Honor, courage, valor, bravery, sacrifice, compassion and love were also unmentioned. No correction has been made.

Direct reports from valiant American soldiers deployed in Iraq, which have reached the Uninvited Ombudsman, have an upbeat and positive tone, giving an impression that people doing the heavy lifting, at least, believe things are going better than the media believes. More than one expressed shock and awe on returning home and seeing the drivel being fed to the American public. "You're not getting the truth," one soldier said.

In other news, in a small, single-column story buried on page 15 locally, the usually unreliable USA Today reports, "Foreign militants fleeing Iraq, weakened al-Qaida disenchants fighters." A growing number are fleeing "or attempting to flee," because their effort is being wrecked by U.S.-led forces.

"They're being told in their countries of origin by facilitators that, 'Hey, we're basically winning the war against the apostates,' said Brig. Gen. Michael Flynn, intelligence director for Central Command. "They go there and find out it's not quite the case." The report claims 90% of suicide bombers are foreign recruits from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria, and most enter from Syria. No mention of the fifth anniversary was included in the brief report.

Robot Warriors Coming

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The U.S. armed forces are monitoring the successful development of a robotic exoskeleton that allows a soldier to effortlessly lift huge loads and exert tremendous energy without tiring. The next step, also under development, makes the system freestanding, to mimic a soldier's actions by remote control. This allows the human to remain in a protected area while the robot takes the risks and does the fighting. A police version is not currently mentioned. Take a look.

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And in the dubious news department...

A report believed to be complete satire followed release of a Washington Post-ABC News poll that showed 63% of Americans think the war in Iraq is not worth fighting and that the U.S. is "headed in the wrong direction."

The questionable report suggests al-Qaeda supporters are delighted with the results of the Post-ABC poll. "The message is getting through to the American people," said one unnamed possibly al-Qaeda official. "We have found U.S. news media to be much more cost-effective than al-Jazeera in convincing people that resistance to jihad is futile, and that Iraq is just a civil war of no consequence to Americans."

Soldiers returning from Iraq express surprise at what they call the bogus nature of U.S. "news" reports on the war. The media denies such claims.

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Angering Turkey Useful

The lamestream media told you:
Correcting decades of negligence, the U.S. House wisely voted to recognize the Turkish slaughter of helpless Armenians starting in 1915 as a genocide, infuriating the Turkish government.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Helpless in their attempts to cut off funding and strand American troops battling radical Islamist murderers and jihadis in Iraq, Democrats have crafted an extremely clever plan to outrage the Turkish government, and get them to refuse U.S. access to their land, sea and air bases. By some estimates, 70% of all U.S. support to Iraq goes through Turkey. Lamestream reports failed to mention this angle in covering the 90-year-old terminology debate.

In other news, a new study by Dave Kopel and co-authors has found that disarmament of the Armenians by the Turks lead to the massive slaughters, and those Armenians who retained arms were able to resist the attacks.

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Recall Which Troops?

The lamestream media told you:
Polls now clearly indicate that the overwhelming majority of Americans want the troops brought back home.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
As I've observed here before -- polls are just tests to see if the propaganda is working. The lamestream media has been pounding away on the idea of bringing the troops home for years now, so let me ask:

Is the "vast majority" talking about the 65,000 troops we have in Germany? Or do they really mean the 34,000 in Japan? Maybe they mean the 10,000 in Great Britain? Bring our 110,000 WWII troops home now! The war ended 60 years ago.

How would the economies of those countries be affected if all that Uncle Sam G.I.-weekend spending screeched to a halt?

If we could just bring home the 30,000 troops from Korea, think what that could do for border protection here. Is it time to start screaming about it?

The public is screaming to bring troops home from Iraq because the media is telling them to scream, not because it necessarily makes sense. The media tells them little about all 388,000 troops stationed outside the U.S. (2003 stats), so it's all quiet on those fronts.

Annual averages, differences in tabulating troop movements and other factors affect the stats. For a detailed report see the Heritage Foundation numbers.

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Dead Islamists Missing

Correction (6/27/07): I noted that the "news" keeps telling us about U.S. troops killed in action, but has not been telling us anything about enemies killed by our soldiers. "The Pentagon doesn't want to promote body counts like they did in Vietnam, so they aren't releasing that information," writes one Page Nine reader. He's right. And the media is politely obeying their government handlers, so you only get half the body counts -- our own. Seems kind of unfair. Why would the news media go along with that? Can't they interview people and at least do a little reporting?

The lamestream media told you:
Nine U.S. soldiers and 17 Iraqi civilians died when a suicide bomber detonated at a crowded market in the troubled yada yada province today.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Nine U.S. soldiers and 17 Iraqi civilians were brutally murdered when a radical Islamist waging jihad on the West blew himself up in a crowd of innocent food shoppers.

All news of terrorists killed by U.S. troops, Islamists taken out by U.S. troops, jihadis sent to the grave by U.S. troops, Muslim militants put to death by U.S. troops, and foreign insurgents shot dead, blown up or mowed down by U.S. military personnel continues to be suppressed by the "news" media. Reports of dead enemies have all but disappeared from all public news sources.

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Genocidal Peace Supporters

The lamestream media told you:
Peace protesters flooded Washington D.C. and other major American cities demanding an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, every lamestream outlet in America prominently reported. Candle light vigils held by youngsters brought attention to U.S. soldiers who have fought and died overseas for more than four years, "in an increasingly unpopular and ugly war."

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Popularity isn't the basis for war. The struggle for human freedom is. War is ugly by design, and instigated by tyrants, oppressors, fascists, religious fanatics bent on world domination, and other enemies of freedom.

At the same time the "news" media lavished increasing coverage on peace protesters (an oxymoron?), news of "peace protests" seeking a U.S. invasion of Darfur to "save the people from genocide" have died off. News of the genocide's perpetrators is non-existent, but the slaughter continues unabated, according to web sources.

If one thing is certain, it's that a protest sign has two sides. For every sign that says "Stop the Iraq war," another sign needs to reflect, "Encourage ethnic genocide, bring our troops home now." For a sign that blares, "Peace Now in Iraq," the reality check on side two must say, "Support Civil War and Massive Killings." When the left urges, "Impeach Bush," let the signs also note, "Bush Helped Relieve Sharia-Law Tyranny and Grotesque Oppression and Mutilation of Women." Protesters could not be reached for comment.

Alert readers recall how Muslims ruling in Afghanistan blew up 15-century-old mountain-sized historical statutes of a culture not their own (peaceful Buddhists).

If Muslims gain control in Holland, France, Denmark, Norway and the rest of Western Europe, as they are trying to and seem likely to do, we can expect civil rights and Modern Culture to be crushed there as it is being crushed now in the more active war zones. The most popular name for baby boys in Belgium, Amsterdam and Malmo, Sweden? Mohammed. In England it is number five.

Get and read "While Europe Slept," for a shocking wake-up call on what the war in Iraq is really about. Learn of active global plans for a Muslim dictatorship on Earth currently being fought off by President Bush, alone, unreported by the lamestream media. Read, "America Alone," by Mark Steyn.

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Bomb News Suppressed

The lamestream media told you:
More bombs went off in Iraq, killing many more people in crowded areas, as sectarian violence continues to escalate, and hopelessness expands.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Somewhere in military command there must be a huge battle map, and teams working on it, to identify every explosion that goes off in Iraq. It must identify the bomb type, explosive used, detonator, size, casualties, and of course time and place.

This allows commanders to recognize the high-risk zones, bomb makers’ patterns and deployment, identify newcomers, and help root out those responsible. With so much explosives floating around, identifying the sources is a primary goal. They link each maker, supplies used and MO so our forces can spot patterns.

That much bomb making takes supply lines, expertise, command and control, and these patterns are readily noticeable.

News reports give a sense however that completely indiscriminate bombs from unrelated sources are just madness produced by mindless madmen, rebels aimlessly killing people. That ain't so.

Think back to any domestic bomb incident (say, the Atlanta Olympics), and you'll recall how much detail the FBI went into day after day to identify what occurred. Bomb experts are having a field day with all the research opportunities they have overseas. None of it is leaking into the boring repetitive drone the media provides, numbing you down.

Iran has recently been singled out as a suspected bomb maker, as a prelude to an expected incursion.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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