Something to die for

Mark Steyn covers a lot of territory in his outstanding column today. The column looks mostly at the forced conversions of Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig through Muslim eyes, with assists from Arthur Conan Doyle, Andrew Sullivan, and, of course, Goethe. Here is an aside of Steyn’s that appears to take off from some of John’s work here:

Consider, for example, the bizarre behavior of Reuters, the once globally respected news agency now reduced to putting out laughably inept terrorist propaganda. A few days ago, it made a big hoo-ha about the Israelis intentionally firing a missile at its press vehicle and wounding its cameraman Fadel Shana. Shana was posed in an artful sprawl in a blood-spattered shirt. But it had ridden up and underneath his undershirt was spotlessly white, like a summer-stock Julius Caesar revealing the boxers under his toga. What’s stunning is not that almost all Western media organizations reporting from the Middle East are reliant on local staff overwhelmingly sympathetic to one side in the conflict — that’s been known for some time — but the amateurish level of fakery that head office is willing to go along with.


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