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March 10, 2004
Imagine The Star-Tribune With A Brain

In tomorrow's Star Tribune, the editorial staff sees fit to spread Iranian disinformation in the op-ed section by reprinting this story from the UK's leftist broadsheet, the Guardian:

In order to save time, the following article is being printed several months ahead of schedule as a service to readers and nascent conspiracy theorists.

The capture of Osama bin Laden, while warmly welcomed around the world, raises several questions about the interface between the war on terror and the U.S. election cycle. The most worrying of these is the suspicion that Bin Laden had already been in custody for a considerable period. George Bush's official spokesman has vehemently denied charges that the Al-Qaida leader was actually apprehended in December 2001. But there is more than a hint of a "nondenial denial" about the White House's rejection of claims that news of Bin Laden's capture was timed to coincide with the climax of the Democratic Party convention. It is not just die-hard cynics who found the White House spokesman Scott McClellan's "Where'd you get a crazy idea like that?" less than frank.

It's great to see that the Strib is consistent, at least, in its vitriolic and pathological hatred of the current administration. Faced with some empty space and with no actual story, the editors of the newspaper decided to run with regurgitated Iranian innuendo, fresh from its Pashtun-language service targeted at Afghanis and gullible American media chiefs, which was discredited the day it ran. Not only that, but they couldn't be bothered to come up with something original; they just copied it from another, more original leading Leftist organ. This is also the same paper that chides Bush for being a divider and not a uniter (third section, just under the part titled WWWD for What Would Wellstone Do?).

More evidence that the Twin Cities needs a newspaper in this area, not a newsletter with a sports page.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 10, 2004 10:19 PM

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