July 17th 2004

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COVER STORY: Indonesian elections ... and Australia

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Latham affair lifts election temperature

AGRICULTURE: Rural unrest spreads

QUARANTINE BREACH: Exotic disease outbreak threatens Qld citrus industry

INDUSTRY: Singapore recovers on back of manufacturing

FAMILY: Child care - in whose interests?

ARTS & MEDIA: 'The next program contains...'

FILM: AFA calls for ban on 'arthouse smut'

MIDDLE EAST: Can Iraq's interim government end the insurgency?

NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Terrorism marks the end of deterrence

UNITED STATES: Curtains on Camelot

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Skimming administrative fat / What about Uganda? / 17 years of war

Premier Beattie's ethanol 'mania' (letter)

Sugar Package (letter)

Mondragon (letter)

Journalists and Iraq (letter)

BOOKS: George Santayana, by Noël O'Sullivan

BOOKS: Tilting the Playing Field, by Jessica Gavora

OPINION: Time to act on North Korean tyranny

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Journalists and Iraq (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, July 17, 2004

Has anyone else noticed how Australian journalists, when commenting on American foreign policy, often quote extracts from the UK Guardian, the New York Times or documentary-maker, Michael Moore, as if these people were objective judges of great wisdom? Such journalists should go by their more accurate title of stenographers.

The editors of the UK Guardian and Michael Moore would criticse President George W. Bush, even if the latter were giving away free ice cream to children.

As for quoting the New York Times - even US television commentators Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Cal Thomas, Fred Barnes and others have highlighted the fact that the New York Times has featured a story on the Americans' misbehaviour in Abu Graibh prison 47 times on its front page.

However, the story of the behaviour of terrorists beheading American civilians lost their interest after two days.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld

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