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Friday, June 03, 2005

Bobbing and weaving

Posted by: Hammer / 2:40 PM

World's Greatest Bloggers then:
May 1, 2003

Two weeks ago the news coverage on the looting of the Baghdad Museum was hysterical, as reports claimed that the museum had been stripped of more or less its entire collection of 170,000 artifacts. Museum officials have now given American authorities a list of objects that are definitely known to be missing. As the New York Times puts it, in the understated style it favors when not attacking conservatives, "the losses seem to be less severe than originally thought."

In fact, museum authorities have now listed 29 items as missing, of which four have already been recovered. Leaving 25 pieces known to be stolen, which, as the American officer working with the museum says, is "not the same as 170,000."

Then:
May 22, 2003

The looting of nuclear materials joins the pillaging of the Baghdad Museum as a pseudo-crisis, trumpeted world-wide in the press, that fizzled out on closer inspection. But the correction will never catch up with the original story.

Then:
October 8, 2004

Yet ever since that moment, ever since the alleged looting of artifacts from the Baghdad museum, the administration has been criticized by Democrats for every mishap and temporary set-back that has occurred in a nation the size of California.

World's Greatest Bloggers now:
Today's Washington Times reports that roughly half of the 15,000 looted items have been recovered thanks in significant part to U.S. efforts. Some items, the Times says, were found in the hands of journalists....

Let's see whether American media outlets other than the Washington Times will echo, or at least report, George's sentiments.

Powerline gets the story wrong for two years, claiming that 25 artifacts were stolen. Then POOF! Powerline acknowledges that 15,000 items were stolen, demands credit for U.S. efforts to return half the items, and wonders why the mainstream media refuses to report this great accomplishment.

Breathtaking.

7 Comments:

Frankly, I don't know how you find the time to do stuff like this - I mean who has the patience to track this? But, I commend you for it. Keep up the good work!

By Anonymous theRealRepublican, at 9:51 AM  

Thanks. Glad we can agree on some things.

By Blogger Hammer, at 10:02 AM  

I'm a most agreeable person, just ask Jambo.

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I would, but there's no cell phone holter in his red cap and speedo.

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Holter? "Holster" or "holder" would've worked. I guess I split the difference.

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