In a typically dishonest article, NPR, National Public Radio, a state-controlled broadcaster, reported on the death of one of its own this week. NPR’s David Gilkey was killed by a Taiban RPG, along with an NPR interpreter, Zabihullah Tamanna, whom NPR didn’t see fit to eulogize beyond the mere mention of his name — quite enough for a wog, if you’re NPR — and the Afghan wog, er, soldier driving Gilkey’s HMMWV, whose name NPR not only didn’t mention, but didn’t even record. Because wog.
In a classic example of absence of self-awareness despite unflinching self-regard, NPR’s Greg Myre writes:
David and [fellow NPRnik Tom Bowman] spent the past several years embedding with Afghan forces to see if they were up to the job of defeating the Taliban.
And two career journalists are going to decide this exactly how?
It’s a critical story that has largely been ignored. After 15 years of U.S. involvement in the Afghan war, the conflict has disappeared from the front pages in the U.S., and American interest has waned.
Indeed. Funny how that waning of media interest seems traceable to the same date as the coronation of NPR’s candidate for President in 2009. Well, strange coincidences abound these days.
The story does raise some questions:
- How come these guys have such a hard time remembering their indigenous assistants? Have they put on a halo that’s two sizes too small? and,
- When the Taliban kill an NPR journalist, is it “friendly fire”? and,
- Why does a taxpayer-funded official propaganda radio network need a photographer? That’s what Gilkey was.