Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Abhorrent Reporting

Okay, I want everyone to read this and tell me what's wrong with this article:

Verdict in Saddam Case to Be Delayed

Oct 03 9:22 AM US/Eastern

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer

The Iraqi court trying Saddam Hussein postponed the verdict in the former leader's first trial and said Tuesday that the judges are considering the possibility of recalling some witnesses.
The court is due to convene Oct. 16 for the first time since it adjourned July 27 to allow the five-judge panel to consider their verdicts against Saddam and seven co-defendants on charges of crimes against humanity for a crackdown against
Shiites in the 1980s.

A verdict had been expected on that day, but court spokesman Raid Juhi said the Oct. 16 session "will not be for the verdict. It's for the judges' review of the evidence." Juhi said he could not say when the verdict would be issued.

Saddam and his co-defendants face possible execution by hanging if found guilty in the charges, connected to a crackdown on Shiites in the town of Dujail launched in 1982.

If you picked that there was a massive slant towards Saddam Hussein - you are correct. It seems as if (I'm hypothesizing) that the reporter is a Sunni, Saddam supporter. As opposed to reporting the facts, Abdul-Zahra claims that Saddam committed a "crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s" and again, "a crackdown on Shiites," two paragraphs later. The second usage of the word "crackdown" rules out Abdul-Zahra being 'erroneously negligent' and puts him right in the 'biased reporter' category.

This is one of the most obvious pro-Hussein, or should I say, anti-Sunni Associated Press writers that I've come across in a long time.

And to you Breitbart - way to keep such a neutral stance. You deserve a medal for not pre-judging the "Butcher of Baghdad."


highboy said...

The very first sentence for one thing. He should be hung already.

merge said...

In reading this, if i didn't know better, I'd almost suspect that they were going to find him not guilty.

Gayle said...

He should have been hung already, or shot, or whatever they do in Iraq! This is just too ridiculous for words. The man slaughtered thousands, and this crap just continues on and on and on. It makes me furious!

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

A&E has done some excellent documentaries on Saddam & his sons. In fact my cry is why hasn't 60 Minutes aired something similar (we all know why). But anyway if you watch those which only describe a 1/16th of the torture they inflicted on people you would know that hanging is too good for Saddam. And this biased reporting just makes me ill.

fetching jen said...

This feels like a UN Tribunal. At this pace, Hussain will be on trial as long as Slobodon Milosovich.

Neo-Con Tastic said...

Saddam is a murderer that deserves execution. They are dragging this out for a reason and I don't believe the outcome is what we want to expect.

There are a lot of potential things that can occur when a trial takes this long...

highboy said...

I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but this is a global effort against the U.S.

Gayle said...

I think highboy is right!