posted on May, 22 2004 @ 07:06 PM
Posted by: benjj
On: Wed May, 19 2004 @ 01:49 GMT
This is quite a story, amazing not more of the press has chosen to run with it in a big way. It is very 'sensationalist' of the gov official quoted,
but you're simply not allowed to make quotes like that public unless there is, or has been, a specific threat.
Poster benjj ponders a question of news report selection by the media and also implies that the report of an unnamed government official of a possible
terrorist attack is somehow important. B continues by pronouncing “but you're simply not allowed to make quotes like that public unless there is, or
has been, a specific threat”………
I’m always amazed, even after years of posting to such venues as this, at the poor reading and critical thinking skills of most Americans. The subject
material was reported in a column called “WASHINGTON WHISPERS” in US NEWS&WR and as presented is nothing better then rumor.
As we know, NEWS is defined as “Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by newspapers, periodicals, radio, or
television.” So for the media were to make a big deal of this “report” congers up the memories of Henny Penny and Chicken Little.
If one takes the time to read the “Whispers” report the news is of “the administration has been holding secret antiterrorism drills to make sure top
officials know what to do” in the event of a terrorist attack.
I think if they were not holding preparation drills THAT would be the Big Story.
B’s final statement, “but you're simply not allowed to make quotes like that public unless there is, or has been, a specific threat”……… is a fine
example of circular reasoning………need I say more?
One must read carefully and critically all material presented in the media to find the full meaning of the reports…………..But if most took the time to
read and then think there would be few who would have much of anything to say………….and gee that would not be fun. Would it?