Sunday, March 30, 2008

Analog or Digital--Whom to believe?

Here's a quote from the web site of The Los Angeles Times: "The Shiite Muslim cleric disavows armed members who attack Iraqi government institutions and party officers. He calls for the government to end what he calls random raids and to release all prisoners  By Alexandra Zavis and Saad Fakhrildeen, Special to The Times 10:10 AM PDT, March 30, 2008"

Note the time.

Here's a quote from the print edition of The Los Angeles Times  which appeared in driveways across Southern California around 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2008: "In an ominous sign Saturday, Sadr in a rare TV interview praised armed resistance. Separately, he urged his followers to defy Maliki's ultimatum to surrender their weapons."

Suppose, Dear Gentle Reader(s), that you're a member of the public who doesn't listen to NPR, which carried the story of Muqtada al-Sadr's sudden change of mind, or watch the Sunday talk shows.  You read of the continuing "armed resistance" of the Mahdi army.  Your day is not lightened. 

This sudden shift of the Muslim leader of the Mahdi army is an excellent example of how dangerous it is for anyone to reach a firm conclusion on just about anything in this world of ours.  Frank Rich excoriates Senator Clinton for not paying attention to "political perils of 20th-century analog arrogance in a digital age."  He could very well have expanded the dangers of not paying attention to "digital age" while relying on "analog" media to inform the American public.

These days, DGR(s), it takes much time and effort to

Trust, but verify!

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