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September 13, 2007

Is This What They Teach in J-School?

We’ve all seen how the media can magically turn a story about a US attack on dozens of terrorists nto an attack on a wedding with women, children and unicorns suffering the most.

Reuters really outdoes themselves today in this story about coalition air strikes on Taliban thugs.

Here’s the lead…

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led coalition airstrikes killed nearly a dozen Islamist Taliban fighters in the southern province of Zabul overnight, the U.S. military said, as the bloodiest period since the militants' 2001 ouster grinds on.

Yeah, the bloodiest period for the terrorists.

After noting the US military said that over 250 Taliban had been killed since late August, Reuters wants you to know that you should probably take that with a grain of salt since…

There were no independent accounts of how many people were killed or what happened. The Taliban were not immediately available for comment.

Do they really have “The Taliban” on speed dial? Are they on Reuters AIM Buddy List? You know why they weren’t available Reuters? They are either hiding in the mountains with their goats or are getting blown to pieces. Calling back their press flacks is a low priority compared to dodging all the incoming they’ve had to deal with lately.

Congratulations to our men and women who were sent to Afghanistan to chew bubble gum or kick ass. Unfortunately for the terrorists, our guys seem to be out of bubble gum.

H/t Captain Lex


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