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February 08, 2009

AP CEO finally wants new rules for covering war

The CEO of the AP finally acknowledges the obvious, that the U.S. military's journalist embed program is a propaganda project:

Associated Press
Associated Press CEO Tom Curley says the Bush administration turned the U.S. military into a global propaganda machine while imposing tough restrictions on journalists. The news industry must immediately negotiate a new set of rules for covering war because "we are the only force out there to keep the government in check and to hold it accountable."

That sure would have been nice to hear during the Bush administration. I bet this insight occurred to Curley long before January 20, 2009.

The thought probably crossed his mind even before the US military kidnapped un-embedded AP photojournalist Bilal Hussein in 2006 and held him captive without charge in Iraq for over a year.

Well, better late than never.


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"we are the only force out there to keep the government in check and to hold it accountable."

Easy for you to say now Curley, why the hell weren't you doing that back in early 2002?

Well, now that there's a Democratic President, it's time for some Fourth Estate checks on power.

Or it could be that AP is reasserting its power now that it doesn't feel like the executive branch is going to call it unpatriotic.

I'd guess any fears he's had over his phone being tapped, or his emails poured over have probably diminished a bit too.

OT Hi Lindsay your covering Financial stuff I saw on Grit TV so I thought I would ask.

Question Fox News bought the WallStreet Journal with loans and put up its own stock as collateral for the loans. That stock has since gone down in value.
The banks if the stock price stays low will have to ask for more stock as collateral for those loans. Think Collapse of Enron Blockbuster still has that Enron movie I think on the shelves.
In other words if the economy does not go up. If the Stimulus Plan fails well are the banks that gave Fox News the loan getting bailout money?
Under this new round of lending will we tax payers have majority control of the banks that loaned the money to Fox News?
Will we own Fox?

I asked Ian at the Lake the same question hopefully I get 2 different takes on this question.

Republican's not in the White House? Time to be against the government!

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