Remember this, for example:
It's from a May editorial we did entitled "Editorial: The silence cracks " . . .
Nouri's been killing Iraqi civilians every day and getting away with it for months now.
The US government is giving him even more weapons this despite the fact that he's using them on the Iraqi people.
Thursday, NINA reported his shelling of residential areas of Falluja left 13 civilians dead ("including a woman, three children") and twenty-one more were injured.
That same day, the silence in the US was finally broken.
Janine di Giovanni (Newsweek) reported:
Will others follow suit?
Already AP kind of has. Kind of.
But some western outlet will.
Especially now that Al Jazeera's reporting:
Shelling by the Iraqi army in the city of Fallujah has killed more civilians, hospital sources and witnesses have said, amid allegations that government forces were using barrel bombs in an attempt to drive out anti-government fighters from the area,
The use of barrel bombs in civilian areas is banned under international conventions given their indiscriminate nature.
But Mohammed al-Jumaili, a local journalist, told Al Jazeera that the army has dropped many barrel bombs "targeting mosques, houses and markets" in Fallujah.
And questions will arise.
Such as why did the US government refuse to call out this slaughter?
This persecution -- which is ongoing -- and which is well documented didn't fit last week's media narrative.
Hard to be rah-rah and honest at the same time.
No surprise, forced to choose, the press chose to ditch honesty -- as easily as they discard a dirty undergarment.
If we're supposed to understand what is going on, we need the facts.
The press is very good at acting as an attorney for the US government.
But in carrying out that role, it's become increasingly unable to tell the truth -- full or partial.