Saturday, August 12, 2006

Bush: "Islamic fascists"

President Bush, with regard to the foiled terrorist plot to blow up airplanes, said that this nation is "at war with Islamic fascists.” That quote was repeated in several articles by both CNN and Fox News. However, one CNN article points out an objection to the use of the term “fascist” that Fox’s articles do not mention. Here is an excerpt from the CNN article:

Bush's use of the term "Islamic fascists" was criticized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"We believe that this is an ill-advised term and we believe that it is counterproductive to associate Islamic Muslims with fascism," the council's Executive Director Nihad Awad said at a Washington press conference.

"We ought to take advantage of these incidents to make sure that we do not start a religious war against Islam and Muslims...We urge him and we urge other public officials to restrain themselves," Awad said.

Links to articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/10/washington.terror.plot/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207857,00.html

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Dear Diary: Hell or Doing Well in Baghdad?

Well, I am now ready to begin posting again. I have made the move from Spokane, WA to Orem, UT and have been out of touch for a time. I hope to post about twice a week. So, here is a short posting to get going again:

CNN and Fox News have each recently run a “diary” story on their web sites about conditions in Iraq. But, they present two very different pictures. CNN’s is from a reporter, Aparisim Ghosh, who writes for Time. CNN’s headline is “Baghdad Diary: Life in Hell.” By contrast, Fox runs a continuing diary from a soldier in Iraq. The most recent was entitled “Soldier’s Diary: Good News at the First of the Month.”

Links to articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/08/06/time.coverstory.tm/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,206934,00.html