Gotcha, Gotcha, Gotcha!

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    Gotcha, Gotcha, Gotcha
    By Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Gate
    July 14, 2005

    If there were stories that endangered the lives of Americans serving abroad, they were the stories of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, and later the overblown Quran stories that graced the Times' and The Chronicle's front pages in June -- stories that incited anti-American sentiment across the globe. Rove critics aren't demanding an investigation to see who leaked those stories, although some on the right wanted an investigation to see who leaked the original (and inaccurate) Quran-flushing report to Newsweek.

    Note how, after Newsweek got the Quran-flushing at Guantanamo Bay story wrong, the New York Times followed with we told-you-so reports that there were abuses of the Quran at Gitmo. Stop the presses: A defense contractor stepped on the Quran, for which he apologized; a guard splashed urine on a Quran -- by accident; the night shift tossed water balloons in a cellblock, Quran copies got wet. Somehow that nonstory was front-page news.

    That Times editors saw the Quran story as a top-of-the-page story is a sign of pure hysteria. Torture at Abu Ghraib was front-page news; a damp Quran is not.

    Here's an example of how tone-deaf the Times has become: Its magazine wanted a photographer to depict the abuse of prisoners at Iraqi facilities and Gitmo, so the editors hired Andres Serrano, the photographer who angered America with his photograph of a crucifix in urine.

    Call the Quran and Rove stories examples of a new trend: We-told-you-so journalism. Gotcha journalism has a new name: Gotcha this time. No, gotcha this time. No, really gotcha this time.

    If a new story reinforces an old story that the public didn't care about before, it lands on page one. Guaranteed.

    for full article:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/07/14/EDG4PDN4TU1.DTL
     
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    of that stupid bubble gum song...how does it go... 'One way or the other I'm gonna getcha,getcha,getcha'...or something like that! :teeth:
     

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