|FLASH! MSNBC.com Scrubs Osama's Scathe of Saddam From Web Story!|
Worse than FOX News?
by the Editors
Feb. 11, 2003 -- NEW YORK (APJP) -- First, we have to give a tip of the hat to "Szwed", who alerted us to this story and further information posted to Democratic Underground).
Apparently, MSNBC.com decided to scrub part of an early Web version of their news article on the newly-broadcast tape rant allegedly emanating from Osama bin Laden.
The news story no longer contains the following passage:
An alternate version of the story contains this crucial "correction":
One DU poster noted that MSNBC afternoon anchorman Les Holt "just introed news saying it 'clearly expresses solidarity w/ Iraqi people but not Saddam.' (damn close to direct quote at 4:21 pm)".
So what DID Osama actually say?
We can only guess that it's going to be a while until a neutral and disinterested translation of Osama's latest malicious pap is available.
Whatever turns out to be the case -- and both of MSNBC's "flavors" of the story may well be close to the truth, but inaccurate -- it is quickly becoming clear that corporate media is playing down a de facto rift between Osama and Saddam, a fact that reveals the spin that has been pressed for the last weeks from the people surrounding former Texas governor Goerge W. Bush as nothing but another big lie.
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