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I had the BBC in mind when I made that comment.  

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Mon Jan 9th, 2006 at 03:59:56 PM EST
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The BBC was the first to report the stolen election in 2000.  You could easily argue it was the first source to figure it out.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Jan 9th, 2006 at 04:11:45 PM EST
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I think you missed my point.  

I was discussing the media's usage of hyperbolic charicature to describe world leaders (ok for Putin, not ok for Bush).  Not whether or not they were reporting the facts...  

Ok, I don't think the BBC has called Bush a "nut."  But they've become a bit less guarded and polite lately.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Mon Jan 9th, 2006 at 04:35:36 PM EST
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I had the BBC in mind when I made that comment.

But then the BBC won't describe Putin like that guy you quoted, would it? (Not that the BBC is unbiased.) For some other examples - the Guardian ran Steve Bell's cartoons with chimpanzee Bush from the start, German DER SPIEGEL used to have a cover in 2002 with all leading members of the Bush admin dressed as comics superheroes. In fact I used to battle some Americans on the internet at the time who took patriotic offense at Europeans' view that their President is an idiot. (The irony of which of course was that that view was already shared by quite few Americans.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Jan 9th, 2006 at 05:05:50 PM EST
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