August 29, 2006

Rumsfeld asking for less media coverage of Iraqi insurgents, who plan attacks for maximum PR value

Posted in political satire, Rumsfled at 3:28 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

rum292.jpgby Tom Toburn

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfled has stepped up criticism of media outlets he accuses of enabling terrorists and Iraqi insurgents who says are planning attacks that are cynically geared toward achieving maximum PR value and news coverage. 

These have included bomb and insurgent attacks at high profile targets in major cities.

Rumsfeld has discouraged the media from reporting on numbers of casulaties in the past, and accusations of detainee abuse, because he has said that it only serves to embolden the enemy.

Osama bin Laden has professed a desire to convert Whitney Houston to Islam, and Rumsfeld has also urged the media to play down threats to public figures like Oprah Winfrey.  “I’m very glad, for example, that they played down the video where there were threats made to MacKenzie Phillips,” referring to the daughter of “Mamas and Papas” singer John Phillips, and one-time co-star of the series, “One Day at a Time,” which was not even aired on the Al Jazeera stations. Similarly, terrorists at one time held effigies of former “Eight is Enough” star Dick Van Patten, and Jerry Van Dyke of “Coach.” Some have speculated that the failure to attract the same level of publicity is partially due to the death of Abu Mussad al Zarqawi, who was considered more media saavy than his successors. 

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