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WSJ editor shocked to find press slobbering over Gitmo detainees

By See-Dubya  •  July 22, 2008 10:26 AM

I see the Wall Street Journal editorial-page writer (and former Bush speechwriter) William McGurn is upset about the fawningly sympathetic way that the Gitmo detainees are being portrayed in the mainstream press:

A few days ago, Mr. Khadr’s attorneys released a videotape from February 2003 of their client being questioned by visiting Canadian officials. At first he was hopeful, but he quickly became sullen and withdrawn when he realized the Canadians were not going to get him out. The tape shows the young man, then 16, crying for his mother, and complaining about treatment for the wounds he suffered while fighting alongside al Qaeda.

The response has been illuminating. The Montreal Gazette calls him “a victim,” “not a villain.” Closer to home, our headlines run along the lines of “Tape shows ‘frightened boy,'” “Teen on video: ‘Help me, help me'” or “Teenage detainee pleads for help, tells of torture on video; Rights group seeks immediate release.” About the only one willing to say anything unpleasant about Mr. Khadr is the soldier who lost an eye in the same firefight in which Mr. Khadr is alleged to have thrown the grenade that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer.

It’s a good point, and McGurn draws a deft contrast between the hand-wringing over Khadr with the press’s glowering treatment of Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington.

Still, Mr. McGurn shouldn’t be surprised. As his own paper so memorably recorded, fawning press coverage of the Gitmo detainees is no accident.

In other Gitmo news, here’s another setback for prosecutors trying to bring Osama bin Laden’s driver to justice.

Flashback (from MM): February 2005: The story behind Omar Khadr.

{Post by See-Dubya}

Posted in: Gitmo,Media Bias

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