The hidden agendas behind press coverage of the Afghan war.
By Ann Marlowe, a New York City writer
Doublespeak, laziness, ignorance, and incompetence have all been abundant in the mainstream press coverage of Afghanistan. And even worse, American reporters are regularly being played by dubious sources in the Afghan interim government’s defense and intelligence ministries — the very folks who may have brought you the assassination of Transport Minister Abdul Rahman last week.
Ever since the recapture of the north from the Taliban, one faction in the Northern Alliance, the Panshir Valley Tajiks loyal to the late Massoud, has been attempting to belittle, besmirch, and now to overthrow, their powerful rivals: General Abdul Rashid Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek, and Ismail Khan, a Tajik from Herat. (more…)