Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The First Amendment is for Suckers, sez the WSJ


Seems Farnaz Fassihi, the Wall Street Journal's Middle East correspondent, who is currently reporting from Baghdad, has been benched by her bosses at the WSJ for her candid email to friends.

I guess reporting that "Iraq is already lost beyond salvation" might get those with something at stake in this election a little riled. Fassihi went on to note, "For those of us on the ground it's hard to imagine what if any thing could salvage it from its violent downward spiral. The genie of terrorism, chaos and mayhem has been unleashed onto this country as a result of American mistakes and it can't be put back into a bottle."

Too much truth unflattering to Dear Leader for the delicates on the WSJ Editorial Board? Well, too damn bad. These idiots apparently only want to live in an America of their own devising. Sorry, shills, the First Amendment stands whether it suits your election hopes or not. Benching Fassihi until after the election is a slap in the face of all for which our much-hallowed troops are supposedly fighting. Hypocrites. (There is, of course, also the fact that this was a personal email, not intended for public consumption, and that the WSJ never expressed concerns about the quality or objectivity of her reporting. Hypocrites, hypocrites, hypocrites.)

Come November 2, buh-bye to all these B*sh-types. Good riddance to bad rubbish.