A Los Angeles Times editorial (2/7/12) begins:
When the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism released a report Sunday claiming that U.S. drone strikes have killed dozens of civilian rescuers and mourners in Pakistan, the American media scarcely noticed.
It’s a good point.The Bureau‘s report got remarkably little media attention. A New York Times story (which included an anonymous U.S. official smearing the researchers as Al-Qaeda sympathizers) might be the only story in the mainstream media; the only stories coming up in the Nexis news database are from Antiwar.com (2/5/12) and papers in Pakistan. The report was covered on Democracy Now! (2/6/12) as well.
In other words, when the L.A. Times is talking about a media blackout, they’re talking about themselves too. The paper’s editorial page adds that the “findings are worth a look”–though they’re sure to add a caveat:
Eyewitness accounts in such places as the tribal areas must be regarded with great skepticism; playing up alleged U.S. atrocities is a common recruiting strategy for terrorist groups.
Sure. And what do you call the strategy of playing down U.S. atrocities?