Sunday, November 30, 2008

"from Hell before breakfast"

The post title is from a purported & unsourced General Sherman quote:
I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.

Such a quote would not be out of character, since Sherman is currently the only general in US history to court martial a reporter :
Returning to the combat zone in the fall, Sherman suffered some battlefield losses and resultant negative press, provoking him to court-martial a New York Herald reporter, Thomas Knox (the only court-martial of a member of the news media in American history).

Knox was found guilty and banished from the theater.

The People's Cube published a political satire of the New York media's continued tradition of supporting the enemies of the US entitled: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Was Overreaction . What I found amusing &/or disturbing is that the urban legends website felt that it necessary to "debunk" this satire:
Nothing of the sort ever appeared on the front page of the New York Times. It's a parody.

The results of the online poll validate that it's not unreasonable for people not to automatically perceive the mock headlines as satire:

Yet, again, during the recent Mumbai attacks, the NYC media seem ready, willing, and able to aid & abet enemies of freedom either through irresponsible journalism or malice. CNN reported, real time, a civilian couple's hiding location and, not to be outdone, the New York Times blog reported the positions of Indian security forces, all of which could be accessed by terrorists seeking to kill and ambush said people.

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