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Monday, May 24, 2004
 

Chalabi and the media - again


The rimming by elements of the media of super-carpet-salesman Ahmed Chalabi...

Yeah - got the T-shirt. As well as an E&P piece by William Jackson, Harry Jaffe has a piece in the Washingtonian on the Post's record - majoring on the infamous, previously discussed here, Chinese walls between the op-ed and news operations. Jim Hoagland, it seems, is a long-standing mate of Chalabi (someone with Nexis who cares should check his disclosure of this little fact. Don't all rush at once...); at the same time as Hoagland was lauding the douchebag, the likes of Walter Pincus were furiously flagging him as a fraud on the news pages. Buried somewhere around A17, mostly, I suspect.

Will Leonard Downie apologise for this journalistic shambles? No more than Bill Keller or Arthur Sulzberger for Chalabi's NYT colon, Judith Miller. (Several pieces - search, if you've a stomach for it.)

Their sang-froid in the face of disgrace is positively Chalabian.

It would all be slightly less galling if one knew that bearer bonds had changed hands. I fear that the bazaar-rat got his goodies from the cream of American journalism absolutely gratis.

Stupid white men...


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