Jewish World Review Dec. 13, 2004 / 30 Kislev, 5765

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Mainstream press buries yet another good story | Anyone needing further proof of media bias when it involves the president's foreign policy needs to look no further than this Saturday's New York Times article on the current state of Afghanistan.

The Times continues its "good news is no news" approach to U.S. foreign policy by virtually ignoring the remarkable progress being made in Afghanistan and instead obsessing over poppies. Here's the slanted story.

I'm not sure how they did it, but this week the Times and the mainstream media- which the editor of the New Republic recently tagged as anti-war activists- ignored the historic inauguration of Afghanistan's first democratically-elected president in its history.

One of the few columnists telling Americans what's really going on in Afghanistan is Pulitzer Prize winning writer Charles Krauthammer. His latest column is a must read on the The Afghan Miracle.

In 2001, the mainstream press predicted doom in Afghanistan and reminded readers daily of how past wars there had turned into quagmires for the Soviet Union and the British Empire.

A few weeks later, these naysayers were proven wrong.

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Since the press refuses to tell you the truth about our soldiers' successes overseas, it bears repeating that when George Bush first got elected president, Afghanistan was home base to al Qaeda, the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden, and the most repressive religious regime on the face of the earth.

Those not attending religious services were tortured, women were locked in their homes and banned from attending schools, Christians were executed, women suspected of adultery were buried up to their heads and then stoned alive, and homosexuals were crushed to death by Taliban thugs. A

Three years later, these same brutalized people were allowed to go to the polls and elect the president of their choice.

So why did the press bury this historic story? For the same reason they have been focused on bad news coming out of Iraq instead of telling Americans what a great job their soldiers and Marines have been doing to liberate another formerly oppressed nation.

Btw, the most slanted piece on Afghanistan this week was written by the LA Times, whose inauguration story seemed to long for the good old days of the Taliban. The Times praised the Taliban for their work in stemming the opium trade.

Somehow their barbaric acts of savagery were overlooked as was the fastest growing commodity in Afghanistan: freedom.

On the movie front, I went to see "Ocean's Twelve" last night. Forget all the stupid things said during election season by the stars of this film, and overlook the smug reviews that ironically blast the movie for its smugness.

Soderberg is great as usual and the Clooney/Pitt partnership is as good as it gets in Hollywood these days. Here's the Times' review.

Speaking of reviews, the New York Times surprisingly enough gives my book, "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day," a fairly positive review. We are told that "Joe Scarborough is mad as hell and he isn't going to take it anymore" and that the book is "an entertaining eruption." I am also credited for being honest enough to take on my own party.

However, the reviewer claims I am extremely confused on matters of deficits and debts because I do not support higher taxes.

If opposing higher taxes makes me confused, so be it Jedi.

Here is the New York Times' extremely confusing review of "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day."

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) hosts “Scarborough Country,” 10 p.m. ET, weeknights on MSNBC. He is the author of the recently published "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day : The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)Comment by clicking here.

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