May 26, 2004

Remember that Rumsfeld story that ripped across the blogosphere last week, the one about him banning cell phone cameras? "Doesn't-he-have-anything-better-to-do?", "don't-you-have-some-prisoners-you-need-to-stack?", "Sadr-is-waving-his-ass-at-us-get-busy-you" sorts of things were everywhere. Well, guess what:

it was not actually a mainstream news source which first reported [the camera ban story]. That ... was actually a satirical story from The Daily Farce.
Over the weekend, several news items appeared, which seem to quote Rumsfeld, but actually use the phrase from The Daily Farce word for word.

The story goes on to report that, far from being banned, digital cameras are everywhere in the US military. Even stranger, there would appear to be no formal mechanism in place for reviewing or even setting standards about cameras and photography.

Which kinda puts a significant dent into all the dark conspiracies and accusations of outright atrocity the radical peace fringe bleats about. It's easy to censor reporters whose idea of a sneaky expose is re-arranging Sadr's press releases and quoting satirical sites as gospel. But if there's a camera in every foot locker, a lens with every private, how can we not eventually know about injustice and atrocity?

Unless, of course, it's just not happening, at least not on the scale so many claim it to be.

Posted by scott at May 26, 2004 09:34 AM

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Hrm. The rest of the article goes on to say that reality will probably imitate farce. That part seems a bit of a stretch, but the Register oft-times blurs the lines between news reporting and opinion pieces. I do like some of their tech news, but the political pieces are a little rich for my blood.

Posted by: Jon on May 26, 2004 11:43 AM
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