August 10, 2004

Belief in the media, it's easier than thinking

Everyone, and I mean both sides, claim the media is biased against them. Gee, I wonder whatever could they mean?

Check out this headline from the AP:

AP: U.S. Didn't Warn Las Vegas of Threats

Wow. Reading on:

When the Justice Department obtained two videos suggesting terrorists had cased Las Vegas casinos, the discussions didn't center on public alerts or heightened security. Rather, authorities worried about the effects on tourism and the casinos' legal liabilities, internal memos show.

Pretty damning. Those bastards didn't even warn Las Vegas!

There's more!

Though the FBI offered, most local law enforcement and casino security officers declined an invitation to view the footage after it was obtained in 2002

Oooohhhh, when you say 'authorities', you meant local authorities, not federal authorities. Never mind the deliberately misleading headline at the top of the story, eh?

One document obtained by The Associated Press quotes a federal prosecutor in Las Vegas as saying the city's mayor was concerned about the "deleterious effect on the Las Vegas tourism industry" if the evidence became public. The mayor said Monday he was never told of the footage.

Another memo states the casinos didn't want to see the footage for fear it would make them more likely to be held liable in civil court if an attack occurred.

Yep, lots of folks are issuing denials over this one. Nice twist at the top though AP. Assholes.

Posted by Ted at August 10, 2004 07:36 AM
Category: Square Pegs

Woo Hoo, a fisking from Ted!!

Tourism vs Safety is a hard wire to walk when things aren't all that clear. I'm not sure I'd come down so hard on the, basically, foggy. Then again, y' don't wanna look like Larry Vaughn: Mayor of Shark City.

(Yeah, yeah, all my worldview is filtered through the shootimg script of JAWS, I know...)

Posted by: Tuning Spork at August 10, 2004 10:42 PM

I'm not much of a fisker. My first attempt (long long ago) was pretty embarrassing. :) This one just pissed me off because it was so blatent.

Posted by: Ted at August 11, 2004 06:24 AM
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