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Abu Ghraib - The Sequel - The Sources - The Media

Friday, February 17, 2006
Dan Gillmor:
Salon's publication, on the heels of the Australian broadcasting company's scoop, is a commentary, in part, on the peculiar abandonment of this story by American Big Media journalists, some of whom broke it several years ago. These pictures were important then and remain so. I have to believe that 15 or 20 years ago, a CBS or New York Times or Washington Post or ABC or CNN would long since have obtained these images -- and would have told the American people what further acts had been done in that prison, in our names.
Kudos to SBS, Salon and the other smaller media and grassroots media sources which have run with these stories and images. However, I agree with Dan Gillmor, we should be concerned that big media simply isn't putting the effort in to dig out these stories themselves...

Update: The Australian reports that the "Bush administration has criticised SBS's decision to broadcast new pictures of the US military abusing prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, saying it could further inflame Middle East violence." Dear US Government: I think you'll find actually torturing people is the fucking problem!!!

Update 2:
Of course, one wonders why SBS is then so afraid to play a controversial episode of South Park?!?

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