Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Irony: Alive and Well!

McClellen on Newsweek

On September 12, 2001 the cultural elites proclaimed that irony was dead. To say that their prodnostication was 'Malthusian' would be a compliment. I haven't brushed up on all the details of this "Newsweek" crisis, but like a lot of bloggers, I was struck by the incredible irony, and psuedo outrage of the White House.

"The report had real consequences," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Monday.

"People have lost their lives. Our image abroad has been damaged. There are some who are opposed to the United States and what we stand for who have sought
to exploit this allegation. It will take work to undo what can be undone."

McClellan said a retraction was only "a good first step" and said Newsweek should try to set the record straight by "clearly explaining what happened and how they got it wrong, particularly to the Muslim world, and pointing out the policies and practices of our military."

Ok, I'm not sure if he's talking about Newsweek or the CIA reports on WMD in Iraq...perhaps both?!

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