Saturday, May 27, 2006


Iraq the Model asks if CNN is having some problems translating Arabic to English in this story, which claims in its opening statement that:
Iran has a right to develop nuclear technology and the international community should drop its demands that Tehran prove it's not trying to build a nuclear weapon, Iraq's foreign minister said Friday.

Omar's translation is the following:
We respect Iran's and every other nation's right to pursue nuclear technology for research purposes and peaceful use given they accept [giving] the internationally required guarantees that this will not lead to an armament race in the region…

It would seem that the CNN version is somewhat different from what a native speaker of the language heard in the original broadcast.

And then there's this, from John at PowerLine, quoting
a CBS news story:
Top law enforcement officials at the Justice Department and the FBI indicated to their counterparts at the White House that they could not, and were unwilling to, return documents to the Louisiana Republican which were seized as part of a bribery investigation. (emphasis John's and mine)

Anyone following the story knows full well that the congressman in question is a Democrat whose antics have (for now anyway) put a halt to the "culture of corruption" talking points that the Democrats have unwisely been using against the Republicans.

John suggests that this is "wishful thinking" on CBS's part. I would call both of these instances of "Freudian Slips" on the part of the MSM.

A Freudian Slip is is an error in speech or emotion that reveals an unconscious motive. The two examples above just happened to occur in the latest 24 hour news cycle.

At any rate, I prefer to think of the errors as Freudian slips; and revealing basically the unconscious bias of some of our major news outlets (or at the least their complete unconsciousness)--because the alternative explanation is that the MSM is deliberately and maliciously trying to distort the news and mislead the American public to further its own political agenda.

And that would be simply unthinkable...wouldn't it?

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