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AP Still the Propaganda Arm for Terrorists

Posted on February 27 2010 10:30 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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Apparently, the AP’s penchant for exaggerating terrorist success was not merely an anti-Bush reflex.  Today, this was the lede paragraph in the AP story about Taliban suicide attacks in Kabul:

KABUL (AP) — Insurgents struck Friday at hotels in the heart of Kabul with suicide attackers and a car bomb, killing at least 16 people — half of them foreigners — in an assault that showed the militants remain a potent force despite setbacks on the battlefield and the arrest of more than a dozen key leaders.

Really?  The fact that it takes a coordinated attack with multiple bombs and a car bomb to kill a mere 16 people shows the Taliban is still a “potent force?”  Is Baghdad Bob writing under the pseudonym of Amir Shah and Deb Riechmann?

There are plenty of problems with the war in Afghanistan, including overly restrictive rules of engagement– and NATO forces who are too reluctant to engage at all.  The Taliban may still be a “potent force” as the authors claim– but this is NOT proof of it.

I agree with our blogger John L. Work with every problem he points out in Iraq and Afghanistan; but am not as convinced as he is that the flaws are fatal.

It’s hard to imagine a time or place where terrorists with a plan cannot kill 16 people.  What is the AP’s standard?  Until there are no more attacks, the Taliban is a successful organization?

This kind of coverage encourages more attacks.

And unfortunately, with budget cuts, on the weekend even the Washington Times is dependent on this crap.

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