Sunday, September 11, 2011
Letter to the New York Times
I am sure that the New York Times will not publish my Letter to the Editor in response to today's article by Bill Keller (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/us/sept-11-reckoning/keller.html?pagewanted=all) where he describes his disillusionment with his original enthusiastic support of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, etc.
Re: “My Unfinished 9/11 Business” by Bill Keller
For all of us not in the information-glutted NYC to DC beltway, yet were informed irrefutably by our internal bullshit detectors that government lies and news media hype were going to lead us into the tragedy of the last ten years, Mr. Keller owes us more than the record of his change of mind. We suffered the knowledge of the mass bloodshed even before it began, then lived, maddened, waiting for people like him to wake up. Anticipate your next insular arrogance. Lead a declaration by all news media – especially the supposed rubberstamp of truth, the NYT – that you will always anticipate each lying excuse for war. And learn what journalism is, for example, by watching the daily hour of Amy Goodman’s DEMOCRACY NOW (www.democracynow.org). But I know these remarks will be too raw for the “polite” club that thrives on self-delusion.