by Barry Rubin
Ok, it is al-Jazira television but the story is nonetheless revealing. It is about the
But the good bit is this: the reporter says that
Is she lying consciously or is she so delusional that she can stand in front of buildings and claim they are destroyed, that she can see a runway in perfect shape and describe it as devastated by a decade of bombing. What is the psychology--or mendacity--involved here?
Note the reporter cites the number of years
Might this have something to do with
The specifics of the false claims made on the airport remind me of one of the great scenes of the 1982 war in Lebanon, when an American reporter stood in front of a building, saying it had been destroyed by Israel a few hours earlier when a large tree was growing out of the rubble directly behind him. Most likely, the building had been destroyed in the Lebanese civil war some years earlier.
One of the points that prove media silliness on these issues is that nobody notices this kind of extreme contradiction (dozens of examples can be provided) and no self-criticism, soul-searching or policy changes develop as a result.
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