Whitewashing the Colombian Army

CBS Evening News takes cues from Washington

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The selling of the Afghanistan War and the whitewashing of the Colombian military came together in a recent CBS Evening News report (7/27/09), a story so faithful to the U.S. propaganda lines that one might have mistaken it for state television. “U.S. forces are about to get some much-needed help as they fight the Taliban in Afghanistan,” Evening News anchor Katie Couric cheerily announced. “Teams of elite foreign commandos will soon be headed there. They’re U.S.-trained and battle-tested, having defeated terrorists in their own country, Colombia.” Even if the American public supported the war in Afghanistan (an August 6 CNN […]