Friday, December 16, 2011

Editorializing in the lead paragraph

ABC news' national editors would like to get on to the staff of the editorial department, so they've started to jazz up their leads with loaded language with misleading implications, just to help the government-approved storyline along:
Manning Hearing Bogs Down Over Dispute - ABC News: "Pfc. Bradley Manning, the young soldier accused of aiding the enemy by slipping a trove of national security secrets to WikiLeaks, sat quietly at the opening session of his pretrial hearing Friday as government and defense lawyers tangled over whether the presiding officer could be impartial."
What trove of national security secrets would those happen to be? What appeared in Wikileaks was just a bunch of diplomatic chit-chat -- embarrassing perhaps, but hardly rising to the level of national security secrets.

That is all just a quibble, of course. President O'Bambi has already declared Bradley Manning guilty -- and he, on his word alone, is able to declare someone a terrorist, have them held incommunicado and without charge, or even summarily executed. The very definition of "tyrant," in fact.

The charges and trial of Bradley Manning, under military "justice", is yet another mockery of the constitution and the rule of law. Thanks to ABC News, we can see how efficiently the government's agenda is carried out by its minions.

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