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Mon Aug 16, 2021, 07:07 PM

The Onion nails it.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—As reporters, news crews, and pundits rushed to evacuate from Hamid Karzai International Airport, the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan Monday, thereby marking the end to the longest media farce in American history.

“Today, 20 years after the first invasion, we are finally concluding our nation’s longest-ever campaign of media hot air and bullshit punditry,” said Georgetown University historian Alan Hawthorne, adding that the media’s mission to sell the American public on the essentially impossible goal of establishing a self-sufficient government in Afghanistan had dragged on through two decades, four presidents, and three generations of journalists.

“Ever since the attacks on September 11, the U.S. media machine has sacrificed countless hours of prime-time coverage to validate the idea that we could accomplish something of lasting value to Afghanistan, struggling valiantly against common sense and any inkling of skepticism toward the policy establishment. Of course, America’s newspapers engaged in similar campaigns in Vietnam, Korea, and Iraq. But none lasted so long, and few mischaracterized the situation so thoroughly to the American people.”

Hawthorne went on to add that despite having withdrawn from the occupation, the damage the U.S. media did to the reputation of journalists everywhere could last for generations

https://www.theonion.com/withdrawal-from-afghanistan-ends-longest-media-farce-in-1847496557/amp?__twitter_impression=true

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edbermac Aug 16 OP
Mr.Bill Aug 16 #1
Wounded Bear Aug 16 #2
lindysalsagal Aug 16 #3
misanthrope Aug 16 #5
Shoeless Louis Aug 16 #11
paleotn Aug 16 #4
malaise Aug 16 #6
monkeyman1 Aug 16 #7
NoMoreRepugs Aug 16 #8
SheltieLover Aug 16 #9
niyad Aug 16 #10
Paladin Aug 16 #12
krispos42 Aug 16 #13
crickets Aug 16 #14
burrowowl Aug 17 #19
Texin Aug 17 #15
dalton99a Aug 17 #16
Blue Owl Aug 17 #17
SergeStorms Aug 17 #18

Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 07:11 PM

1. You just can't write irony in today's world anymore.

Every word of that article was absolutely true.

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 07:15 PM

2. Too close to the truth to be funny...

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 07:20 PM

3. This one's better: 10 Tell-tale signs your child is gifted

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 07:24 PM

5. Those are awesome!

Might have to pass that on.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 09:30 PM

11. Much better Onion story, thanks. nt

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 07:23 PM

4. Wasn't just journalists, although they should have known better.

showed some skepticism and not devolved into cheerleaders. It's also the fault of several US command staffs and a few presidential administrations. But someone had to stop kicking the can and that person was Joe Biden. That took guts. I couldn't be happier with our President.

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 07:25 PM

6. Fabulous

the damage the U.S. media did to the reputation of journalists everywhere could last for generations

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 07:47 PM

7. what journalists ? I haven't seen any in 50 yrs. let me know when we get some?

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 08:38 PM

8. That was a phenomenal piece of writing.

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 08:53 PM

9. K&R!

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 09:13 PM

10. KNR For truth.

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 09:37 PM

12. Well done by The Onion, as usual. (nt)

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 09:39 PM

13. I didn't realize The Onion was doing straight news now.

I thought that story about the bidding war over a burnt-our house in California was a one-off

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Mon Aug 16, 2021, 10:28 PM

14. Yikes, that's not even satire. Right on the nose. K&R

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Response to crickets (Reply #14)

Tue Aug 17, 2021, 09:26 PM

19. I admire them

it's hard to do satire when what is reported on seems like satire.

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Tue Aug 17, 2021, 10:39 AM

15. That sounded as if it could have been spoken from the mouth of Walter Cronkite

after the fall of Saigon.

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Tue Aug 17, 2021, 10:40 AM

16. Kick

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Tue Aug 17, 2021, 11:28 AM

17. The $2 trillion military-industrial-complex media stunt

Man, that's one expensive stunt...

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Response to edbermac (Original post)

Tue Aug 17, 2021, 03:16 PM

18. "Three generations of journalists".

That's approximately 7 years for each generation of " journalist".

A "journalist's" career runs that long? Who knew?

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