Rumsfeld to journos: Don't forget the other atrocities

In a press conference this morning, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld chastised journalists for allotting too much paper space to the abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay:

Two of the country?s largest newspapers, for example, have devoted more than 80 editorials combined since March of 2004 to Abu Ghraib and detainee issues, often repeating the same erroneous assertions and recycling the same stories. By comparison, precious little has been written by those editorial boards about the beheading of innocent civilians by terrorists, the thousands of bodies found in mass graves in Iraq, the allegations of rape of women and girls by U.N. workers in the Congo.

In other words, people are hungry for stories of more evil. And the story of the abusive practices of immoral American soldiers is getting stale, guys. If you use the evil-o-meter for "comparison," the soldiers rank right along with the other equally awful characters reporters should spend more time covering. Besides, it's journalists' fault that the rest of the world hates America, right?

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