The "War on Terror" has some interesting variations on that theme.
The current American president has repeatedly asserted that "Islam is a peaceful religion (including the 2003 Ramadan Address and during a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, November 13, 2002)
And, a prestigious university is trying to "correct" what they seem to think is biased news coverage.
"The Chicago Blog" ("Publicity news from the University of Chicago Press including news tips, press releases, reviews, and intelligent commentary.") Non-partisan and academically objective? By today's standards, maybe.
I was impressed by the September 04, 2007, post, "Ashley Gilbertson in Mother Jones magazine." I was also impressed that it was the June 13, 2007, post, too. The U of C blog seems to repeat its publicity releases.
It seems that there's a new book by Ashley Gilbertson, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer's Chronicle of the Iraq War" - and it's already receiving critical acclaim.
The review being highlighted says that "much of the recent war reportage from Iraq has been corrupted by bad reporting and bias," and that the new book is going to set the record straight. Apparently, this is a sample.
"Thankfully, we have writers and photographers like Gilbertson, now working primarily on contract for the New York Times, who have not given up on the idea of real reporting. The photographs in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot convey a clear eyed fidelity to the facts. They include pictures of corpses and bleeding soldiers, pictures of officers practicing golf swings and enjoying saunas, and pictures of incarcerated prisoners and brutal interrogations."
"Fidelity to the facts." Pictures of:
- Bleeding soldiers
- Officers practicing golf swings
- Officers enjoying saunas
- Incarcerated prisoners
- Brutal interrogations.
The book sounds frightfully relevant.
As for the President's remarks, There are Muslims who agree with him, on this point at least, and some whose actions give Islam a different image.