Pentagon Spokesman Nominee Thinks News Media Are In Partnership With Al Qaeda
J. Dorrance Smith wrote a whacky opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal accusing the broadcast networks and the cable news networks (including Fox!) of being in “partnership” with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda because they occasionally report stories that have aired on Al Jazeera. “This partnership,” Smith fumed, “is a powerful tool for the terrorists in the war in Iraq.”
Rather than helping Smith find the medicine he needs to regain a hold on reality, the Bush administration wants to make him the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs -- the “chief Pentagon spokesman.” After Sen. Carl Levin called attention to Smith’s “over the top” characterization of the news media, his nomination may be in well-deserved jeopardy.
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