Monday, October 24, 2005

Journalist Who Filmed Burning Taliban Bodies Suggests Media Got it All Wrong

Remember the alleged desecration of Muslim Taliban fighters by U.S. Soldier story?:

Alleged Desecration of Bodies Investigated
U.S. Military Acts to Control Muslim Backlash After Incident in Afghanistan
By Bradley Graham
Washington Post Staff WriterFriday, October 21, 2005; Page A16

The senior U.S. operational commander in Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya, flew to the southern city of Kandahar yesterday to confer with officers about the alleged burning of two Taliban fighters by U.S. soldiers in the area as the Bush administration moved to try to limit the damage from the reported incident..
NewBusters now posts that Journalist Who Filmed Burning Taliban Bodies Suggests Media Got it All Wrong:
October 22, 2005 - 18:42.

There has been a lot of outrage in the media concerning the burning of a couple of dead, Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in early October. Yet, the Australian journalist who videotaped the proceedings, Stephen Dupont, stated in an interview on National Public Radio yesterday that he believed the bodies were burned purely for reasons of hygiene when the local villagers refused to retrieve them, and that
the American soldiers didn't do anything wrong.
Which begs the question, "Why the hell couldn't the domestic media have tracked down this journalist before reflexively going with the tired meme of the 'Ugly American'?"...that's obviously a rhetorical question.

Kudos to NPR on this one.


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